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1620 Electrical Workers Donate $30,000 to Afghan Refugee Family

Nov 4, 2021

Press Release

St. John’s –The 1620 Electrical Workers (IBEW1620), a union representing utility and construction workers across the province, has donated $30,000 today to support an Afghan family of four through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. This donation/sponsorship was made through the Association for New Canadians (ANC) refugee support program and will provide a family with a year of financial support during their first year in St. John’s.

1620 Electrical Workers is committed to community investment. The union believes that immigration is a positive thing for Newfoundland and Labrador, and they hope this donation will help a refugee family settle into their new home province.

“We are honoured to sponsor this family as they start over in our province. Our union believes in the power of community and the importance of making strong connections. So, if this donation can help a family navigate their way, build a new life and become contributing members to our society, it’s well worth the investment,” said Don Murphy, Business Manager/ Financial Secretary for IBEW1620. “As a Union we want to take care of what matters to our members and work to enrich the communities in which they live and work. This includes contributing to the betterment of our province and population, which is why supporting the Association for New Canadians is so important.”

The union presented a cheque for $30,000 to the Association for New Canadians at a press conference this morning at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s. Megan Morris of the ANC was in attendance to accept the donation. 1620 Electrical Workers representatives were also joined by the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister Responsible for Labor and WorkplaceNL for the cheque presentation.

“We are so thankful for the kindness and generosity of the 1620 Electrical Workers union. Donations like this can make a significant difference to how refugees enter our province and sets them on a trajectory for success, both personally and professionally, “said Megan Morris, Executive Director of ANC-NL. “The goal is always to welcome refugees and ensure they have what they need to build productive lives here in NL. And we can’t do that without support from the community.”

About IBEW1620

1620 Electrical Workers is a part of IBEW – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. IBEW currently has over 84 Local Unions across Canada alone. Local 1620 specifically, located in Newfoundland, Canada, has utility and construction members on the job across the province working with Newfoundland Power, Collier’s International, Lower Churchill Project and Outside Line Construction. Some of our construction partners currently include Locke’s Electrical, Black and McDonald, and Pennecon Industrial Limited.


Media Contact

Erin Curran 709-690-2959

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