Community shows support for HH youth workers, child treatment services
May 15, 2012
Spirits were high despite soggy, cool weather at
this community barbeque held to support youth and staff at Huron
House Boys’ Home in Bright’s Grove near Sarnia.
Representatives of several groups joined the event
to celebrate and protect public services for youth with mental
health problems and other serious issues.
OPSEU Local 145 members are negotiating for a first
contract. Key issues are wages and training. OPSEU president Warren
(Smokey) Thomas addressed the crowd and urged the employer to do the
right thing and agree to a reasonable contract.
Bargaining unit chair and residential counselor
Scott Honke said the union expects management to agree to a fair
deal at the bargaining table today.
The workers have significant and growing support
from the community and local businesses that recognize the work of
Former executive director Ken Stothers spoke at the
HHBH Frontline Staff & Youth BBQ BBQ. Groups represented include:
St. Clair Child and Family Services, Sarnia Children’s Aid Society,
Sarnia District Labour Council, Optimist Club, CUPW, and CUPE Local
Thomas donated baseball gloves to the 28 HHBH
residents. Volunteers also handed out OPSEU’s Kids Matter frisbees
here for the Sarnia Observer article that
describes the path of Scott Honke who has “gone from a troubled
youth to a youth worker who is helping troubled kids”.