Convention Delegates Show Their Support for NL Shelters

Tina Pretty,
FFAW-Unifor Women’s Coordinator

Spring 2016


What happens when you ask a roomful of strong women for help? You end up with a lot of support in short order, a flurry of organizing and the assigning of tasks. In essence, you end up with nothing short of memorable Sisterhood moments.

During the 11th Constitutional Convention in November, FFAW-Unifor Women’s Committee Coordinator Tina Pretty approached the Women’s Advocates in attendance to sell 50/50 tickets in support of women’s shelters in the province. Not only did they take up the challenge, other women delegates were keen to get in on the action and they did so with gusto.

During the morning and afternoon breaks of the two-day convention, women sold tickets. Initially, the plan was to sell tickets for one day only. However, support was so great from all delegates, it was decided that tickets would be sold on day two of the event. Staff Representative Will Reid was the lucky winner on Day one and generously donated his portion of the draw back to the cause. Thank you Brother Reid for your huge heart!

At the end of Convention a total of $1379 had been raised. FFAW-Unifor Secretary-Treasurer David Decker agreed to match the donations for a total of $2758. By the New Year all four cheques for $689.50 had been presented by FFAW-Unifor women to the following shelters:

  • Iris Kirby House in St. John’s
  • Grace Sparkes House in Marystown
  • Cara House in Gander
  • Corner Brook Transition Centre

“The generosity of our sisters and brothers who attended Convention was wonderfully overwhelming”, said Tina Pretty. “I have heard from the various shelters and they have expressed so much appreciation to FFAW-Unifor for our continuing support. We certainly could not have done it without our strong women delegates and Women’s Advocates stepping forward to make a difference.”

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