Hospital Employees' Union

Hospital Employees' Union

March 27, 2010 12:05 ET

Repeat: Victoria walk to shine spotlight on community social services

Walk starts Saturday March 27 at 11 am at Centennial Square

CORRECTION from Source - correct copy follows: Original ReleaseID 201003240002 In a previous press release issued by Hospital Employees' Union at Mar 24 2010 1:32PM, errors occurred. Correction: Bob Wilson's phone number is 250-920-9091 Attention: City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VICTORIA/BC--(Marketwire - March 27, 2010) - March is Community Social Services Awareness Month

Hundreds of concerned citizens will gather at Centennial Square in Victoria on March 27 to participate in a Walk for Community Social Services.

When: Saturday, March 27
Where: Centennial Square, Victoria
Time: 11 am
Who: Everyone welcome

The event is aimed at raising awareness about the vital role community social services play in the life of our communities. They include everything from employment and residential support for people with disabilities to specialized services for immigrant families to support for women escaping abusive relationships.

Unfortunately, these services continue to suffer from cutbacks and years of chronic underfunding - which has resulted in program closures, longer wait-lists, and a growing staff retention and recruitment problem throughout the sector.

The Walk is part of a broader public awareness initiative - Community Social Services Awareness Month - which has received official declarations from more than 20 B.C. municipalities including Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich, and View Royal in the Greater Victoria district.

Participants include individuals receiving services, caregivers and staff, service-providing agencies.

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For more information contact:

Prior to the Walk - Bob Wilson (250) 920-9091
During the Walk - Patty Gibson (604) 328-7393
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Contact Information

  • Bob Wilson, HEU
    Primary Phone: 250-920-9091