On May 1, the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council held its second annual May Day celebration, also known worldwide as International Workers Day. In addition to our celebrating May Day, we were also celebrating our community. While we are members of various public and private-sector unions, we are also are working citizens of our communities. As a member of the 3.2 million strong Canadian Labour Congress, and an affiliate of the 500,000-member B.C. Federation of Labour, we have long held the practice and principle to not only shop local, but also to support those businesses who support SOBLC’s community activities.
As part of our May Day celebration, we hired local musicians, Rhythm in Progress, with Bobby Bovenzi and the Amazing Rubber Band and invited various community non-profit organizations to have an information booth. We were pleased to welcome the Penticton & Area Women’s Centre, the South Okanagan Women in Need Society and Dragonfly Pond Society to our event and offered Dragonfly Pond the opportunity to conduct and benefit from our 50/50 draw. We were also pleased to welcome Okanagan College’s new program, Women in Trades and Apprenticeship.
We also gave away some wonderful door prizes, which would not have happened without the support of local businesses, including the Lakeside Fitness Centre, Hooked on Books, Bellevue CafŽ, Mykonos Restaurant, Theo’s Restaurant, Whole Foods Market, Midas Muffler, Wise Guys Car Wash, Minute Man & Muffler, Parker Chrysler, KJ Sport, United Food & Commercial Workers Union, Local 1518, CUPE 608, and SOBLC.
Thank you to one and all who helped us celebrate International Workers Day on May 1. We look forward to next year.
Brigid Kemp, chair, May Day Committee
South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council