Montréal, QC – The IAM motto is justice on the job and service to the community and nowhere in Montréal is that more evident than in the Union’s support of the Old Brewery Mission.
Established in 1888, the Old Brewery Mission has provided emergency services and support for the less fortunate, shelter for the homeless and resources for women in the Montréal area.
“We took up the cause to support the Old Brewery Mission three years ago,” explains IAM District Lodge 11 Directing Business Representative Pierre Grenier. “It began the first year with a donation of $7,000 in cash and more than $1500 worth of clothes collected by volunteers from our local lodges. In the second year we began fund raisers through the raffles of hockey tickets, we also had contributions through voluntary payroll deductions to the Bombardier Employee’s Benefit Fund and the clothing donations grew as well. We raised $15,000. This year we surpassed that amount and we were pleased to issue the Mission with a check for $22,965.00.”
Members of Local Lodges in IAM District Lodge 11 and Transportation District Lodge 140, also volunteer three nights every year for soup kitchen detail. “We have no shortage of volunteers, normally 15 for each night,” explained IAM Québec Coordinator David Chartrand. “The Old Brewery Mission is the largest resource for homeless women in Canada and the need is growing. Our members are proud to do their part to support the work of the Mission.”