Marie-Helene Labonte accepts a $3000 cheque on behalf of Special Olympics Golden from Steelworker Courtney Janes.

Pair of Golden organizations receive donations from Humanity Fund

Both Special Olympics Golden and the Golden Women's Resource Centre received $3,000 cheques from the fund, supported by Steelworkers.

The Steelworkers Humanity Fund turns 30 this year and in celebration of that anniversary the fund decided to donate 10 separate cheques of $3,000 each across District 3, which covers all of Western Canada.

Proposals were gathered from Steelworkers across the district and surprisingly enough, two of the 10 donations were granted to organizations in Golden.

A cool $3,000 was given to both the Golden Women’s Resource Centre and Special Olympics Golden over the past couple weeks, with proposals generated by local Steelworkers members Courtney Janes, Krista Sander and Denice Darbyshire.

Janes’ proposal to support the local Special Olympics organization wasn’t chosen at random, as it’s a cause that he strongly believes in.

“In my youth I volunteered and worked with special needs kids and I’ve been involved with the Special Olympics throughout my life so it’s an (important) cause for me,” Janes said, who acts as a union representative at Louisiana Pacific in Golden.

A third donation, beyond the two in Golden, was made within the Kootenays, meaning that three of the successful proposals landed within the Local 1-405 area.

The Humanity Fund is fuelled by Steelworkers members themselves, with a small cut coming off of each of their pay cheques. The fund has a very broad mandate, including emergency relief, international development projects and development education, but for Jayne it was especially satisfying to see the money go to two local causes.

“There were questions about “where’s this go, where’s this go” so in our case to see $6,000 of it coming back to the community…it alleviates some of the questions from my members about where all this money is going,” Janes said.