Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members have raised hundreds of dollars over the last two years to support Denham Town Public School and send medical supplies to Grenada.
This year, the group has expanded its efforts to fund four post-secondary scholarships for young people residing in disadvantaged communities in the Greater Toronto Area and a bursary for a student in the Denham Town community.
Two scholarships are designated for students pursuing health care studies.
Tyler Downey, the SEIU Healthcare director of membership engagement, said the group was aiming to raise about $9,000 from its third annual fundraising banquet which was held recently in Mississauga.
“We represent approximately 55,000 healthcare and community services workers in the province,” he said. “Of that number, about 25,000 are in the Greater Toronto Area and almost 75 per cent of them have West Indian roots. We see this initiative as giving back to some of the communities we were raised in and those in which we now reside with our families.”
Members of the fundraising group include Jamaican-born Eulalee Robinson, who studied nursing in England before coming to Canada 30 years ago and Beverley Baptiste, who is a personal support worker at the Salvation Army.
The scholarship information is to be posted at www.seiuhealthcare.ca. The closing date is August and the scholarships will be presented in September.
Miracle Centre Ministries is partnering with SEIU Healthcare on the initiative.