Workers of Colour Caucus at the
Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2012
The Workers of Colour Caucus invite all members to
participate at this year’s Toronto Caribbean Festival to be held on
August 4th, 2012. The Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival is Toronto’s
largest celebration of Caribbean Culture.
This year, the Workers of Colour Caucus float will be a
part of Louis Saldenah's presentation of Fantasy in Jewels"
WOCC is once again in the Xpat’s Section, Mozambique
Tourmaline. The costume consists of Fuchsia, Lilac/Lavender, with Silver
& Bronze accents. Music will be provided by Region 3’s own, Vince Gobind
aka "inVINCEable int'l".
The Workers of Colour Caucus will also be participating
in the Kiddies Carnival on July 21; Vaughan's CariVaughn on August 11,
and Barrie's Caribfest on August 18.
Registration is on a first-come-first serve basis and
limited; however, all members must register and pay by June 30, 2012 to
participate. For more information and registration, please contact Vince
Gobind at 1-416-561-7972 or at
Appreciation for OPSEU’s success at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival
The Workers of Colour Caucus (WOCC) would also like to
express its appreciation to everyone who participated and made the 2011
Toronto Carnival season a successful one!
The WOCC covered three regions in three weeks, Regions
5, 2 and 3. In 2011, not only was OPSEU represented in Toronto’s
Carnival Grand Parade on July 30th, but also, for the first time, OPSEU
and the WOCC’s flags flew high at the children’s parade on July 16th as
the young masqueraders revelled down Jane street. As well, Hamilton's
Mardi Gras saw OPSEU’s colors for the first time on August 6th, as did
Barrie’s Caribfest on August 13th.
We would like to express our gratitude and heartfelt
thanks to Winston, Sandra and all of the XPATS people who worked
tirelessly to produce such a beautiful costume for the Workers Of Colour
Caucus (and of course…their patience). Also we would like to thank and
congratulate Louis Saldenah Mas-k Club for a great day on the Lakeshore
and for placing second in the “Band of the Year” category last year.
We would also like to thank all the Locals, Committees
and Regions for their donations towards the costumes. Especially Local
311, Local 348, Local 106, Local 571, Region 3 and Region 5 for their
WOCC would like to thank OPSEU for the use of the OPSEU
truck at the Junior Carnival, Hamilton’s Mardi Gras and Barrie’s
Caribfest. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Equity Unit
for its support and to Monty Mohammed, who volunteered to drive the
truck at each of these events and for ensuring that OPSEU and the WOCC's
flags were flying high.
Last, but definitely not least, we would like to thank
the masqueraders, everyone who was in a costume at the parade this
year….THANK YOU. We had four out of seven regions represented at the
Toronto Carnival. We would like to send a special thanks to Sara
Labelle, EBM from Region 3, Krista Miracle and Rod Bemister, EBMs from
Region 5, Sandi Blancher, EBM from Region 1, Edie Strachan, Vice-Chair
of the Provincial Women's Committee and of course Eddy Almeida, EBM from
Region 2 and the 1st Vice-President/Treasurer of our great union, for
taking the time out of their busy schedule to participate in the parade.