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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Celebration of Life in Memoriam for Stan Raper & Donations in Stan's Honour

A Celebration of Life in Memoriam for Stan is being held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Grantham Optimist Youth Centre on 188 Linwell Road in St. Catharines, Ontario from 2 – 4 p.m. 

If you have a special photo of Stan, please bring it to share with everyone.

Donations in Stan's honour can be made to Bikes for Farmworkers, which refurbishes bikes for migrant farm workers in Virgil.

Please make your cheque payable to Positive Living Niagara and, on the cheque, be sure to write the following:

NMWIG in Stan's honour or NMWIG / Bikes for Farmworkers.

Send your donation to:
Positive Living Niagara
120 Queenston St.
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 2Z3

NMWIG will send a message to Stan's son to let him know about your donation.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Festival & Information Fair 2017

Another successful year has come and gone with our annual Summer Festival on Sunday, June 4! It could not have happened without the support of our sponsors, tireless work of NMWIG members and other volunteers, and of course the hundreds of workers themselves who came out.

Below is a short video created by NMWIG member, Jane Andres, followed by select photos from event coordinator Sherry McGratten.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

R.I.P. Stan Raper - UFCW's Agricultural Worker Coordinator, NMWIG member

It is with great sadness that NNWIG announces the passing of our dear friend Stan Raper. Stan passed away suddenly on June 5th at the age of 55. The news has stunned the members of NMWIG and the agriculture community that he dedicated his life to.

Stan worked tirelessly to advocate for the rights of migrant workers across Canada with his work in the UFCW/AWA. He never stopped persuing justice and equality for those who are vulnerable and often without a voice. He was a humble man who was always “in the trenches” with workers and their allies, never too busy to lend a hand for a good cause.

The Niagara Migrant Workers Interest Group will forever be grateful for the support, wisdom and friendship Stan brought to the table. While Stan was a Union man through and through, he never pushed an agenda at that table; he offered support to the work we are doing and was an invaluable wealth of information and wisdom. There isn't one person around the NMWIG table that didn't see him as someone worthy of respect and who didn't think of him as an ally and friend.

There are some people whose presence in this world impacts all those around them and Stan was such a person. His absence now is like tear in the fabric of the universe and a void is left in his place. No one can fill that place in our hearts, but the knowledge that Stan's life and work will live on in the heart's and lives of those he touched will sustain us now.

You worked hard and affected real change for so many, Stan; you made this world a better place. We will continue to work for agriculture workers in Niagara with the passion and compassion you exemplified. Rest in peace dear friend, you will be missed more than words can express.

A Celebration of Life in Memoriam for Stan is being held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Grantham Optimist Youth Centre on 188 Linwell Road in St. Catharines, Ontario from  2 – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thank You, Fallsview Casino Resort!

Big thank you to Fallsview Casino Resort, the latest sponsor of our upcoming Summer Festival & Information Fair!

We look forward to seeing you at the festival next Sunday! ¡Hasta entonces!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Migrant Workers in Canada - Article Round-Up (May 2017)

Listed below is a collection of articles about migrant workers published throughout this past month. The list is meant as a resource and the views expressed in the articles do not necessarily reflect those of NMWIG or its members.
Did we miss an article published in May? Feel free to post a link in the comments below!