Local 793 held anniversary celebrations in Timmins on Sunday, rounding out three weekends of 100th anniversary festivities for members in Northeastern Ontario.
The celebrations began with a “honour” song given by the Thunder Creek Indigenous Drum Group from Timmins. After the initial song, the drummers stayed and continued to play music, including a drum rendition of SpongeBob SquarePants for the children in attendance. Music for the day was provided by a local DJ.
Regional staff and volunteers gathered to offer a great barbecue for members in attendance. As the celebration was centrally located in Timmins, area residents were encouraged to come celebrate with the union and learn more about our accomplishments over the last 100 years.
93.1 Moose FM did a remote broadcast to highlight the event. Members received a 100th anniversary t-shirt and entry to the prize draws that included Mastercraft wrench and socket sets, ShopVac, Keurig Coffee Maker, cottage and patio furniture, gift cards and more. Non-members received access to bouncy castles and laser tag, a 100th anniversary frisbee, and access to our “make your own treat bag” candy bar.
Between members and residents, the Timmins celebration saw over 200 people take in the festivities in what turned into a beautiful, 27 degrees day. Many members walked away with prizes and a great experience. Non-Members shared in our pride and learned more of what our union has to offer Timmins and the surrounding area.
Northeastern Ontario supervisor and financial secretary Robert Turpin would like to thank the 100th anniversary organizing committee, area staff, and volunteers that made the last three weekends so successful.