Canada Employment and Immigration Union -
March 18, 2009

Members support return of terminally ill woman to her home

Members at locals 60254 and 60269 in Bathurst, New Brunswick took International Women’s Day as an opportunity to help bring a terminally ill woman back to her home. After treatment in an Ottawa hospital, Julie Gregoire and her family were unable to meet the $10,000 fee for an air ambulance to return her to New Brunswick, but thanks to the donations of CEIU members, and many others, she is now home.

Julie Gregoire left her home in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, to study in Ottawa, but before she completed her studies she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She underwent a series of treatments and surgeries that left her too weak to endure a nine hour drive home from Ottawa. Fortunately, her family learned of Global Angel Charity of Peterborough, Ontario that provides medical transportation to those unable to afford the full cost. On March 12, Julie was flown to Edmunston, NB and is now at home with her family.

CEIU members in Bathurst, NB decided to focus their International Women’s Day activities to support Julie and her family. They quickly set up activities to enlist members in fund raising activities and added their contribution to the transportation fund. “We wanted to reach out beyond the workplace to help a woman who badly needed it” said local Women’s Committee representative Marie-Ange Losier, “and we are all extremely pleased that Julie is home.”

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