CAW Members Support Rescue Mission of Haitian Orphans

February 4, 2010, 11:25 AM EST

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CAW Local 2002 members Edie Kaye and Elizabetta Long, took part in a rescue mission that brought orphaned Haitian children to their new families in Canada.

The mission lead by Air Canada, and dubbed "Operation Stork", helped unite 154 orphaned children with their adopted families.

"There were concerns that the adoption process was tied up in various levels of bureaucracy, which worried many of the new parents," said Kaye, a workplace representative at the Air Canada Reservations office in Saint John, New Brunswick. "Air Canada offered to expedite the process by flying these children to Canada. I feel so fortunate that I was able to take part in this initiative."

Both Kaye and Long work as Customer Sales and Service Agents for Air Canada and were among the many CAW members who volunteered their time to assist the Haitian children during their flights to Canada. Three Air Canada flights were sent to Haiti from January 23 to January 30 as part of Operation Stork. 

Following the devastating earthquake that destroyed most of Port-Au-Prince and the surrounding area, labour unions, non-governmental organizations and businesses from around the world have offered support for the Haitian people.

The CAW has set a goal of raising $250,000 for Haitian relief efforts.

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