International Day of Disabled Persons

December 3, 2023

International Day of Disabled Persons


International Day of disabled persons brings recognition to those with visible and invisible disabilities.

Not all disabilities are visible and so one must be mindful of this.

On this day various organizations both local and global come together to promote the rights, dignity, and well-being of people at all levels of society encountering these challenges..


An estimated 46% of older people aged 60 years and over are people with disabilities.

Of the one billion population of persons with disabilities, 80 % live in developing countries.

Did you know one in every five women is likely to experience disability in their life, while one in every ten children is a child with a disability.

As we reflect, let us bring awareness, support and focus on the challenges and barriers each individual faces.

Let us educate the public, and each other on issues and concerns to address and to celebrate and reinforce the achievements we have made so far.

Let us be supportive, thoughtful, and mindful of everyone every day and on this day December 03, 2023.


-Cupe local 5441, trustees, stewards and the ECQ officer recognizes and support all persons with disabilities-


November 2023 – Membership Meeting

November 2023 – General Membership Meeting  November 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Topic: General Membership Meeting Time: Nov 15, 2023 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 879 7719 7791 Passcode: 509005 Dial by your location +1 647 374 4685 Canada +1 647 558 0588 Canada

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Throughout the month of September and in particular, on Saturday, September 30, we commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, an occasion dedicated to raising awareness among Canadians about the legacy of Residential Schools.

This day holds the purpose of both educating and reminding us about this history, paying tribute to the victims and their families and celebrating the resilience of survivors. Moreover, it serves as a tribute to the indigenous kids who never made their way home.

On September 30th, let us never forget, but to continue the
path of remembrance as we memorialize and observe the tragedy,
which occurred in and amongst the indigenous families and
their communities.

Let us all come together in recognition by wearing our orange shirts.
We encourage all to wear Orange as this day
recalls the experience of Residential School survivors. 

On behalf of CUPE Local 5441, Executive board, trustees and

Equality Coordinator,
Cheryl Belgrave

Emancipation Day


August 1st, is Emancipation Day. It’s a day to recognize Canada’s history of slavery and discrimination. This date was chosen because August 1, 1834, marks the abolishment of slavery across the British Empire.

This DAY is not just about honouring the past. It continues to have an effect on the lives of African Canadians today.

Recognizing the Act to Abolish Slavery is a step forward in recognizing African Canadian history as part of Canada’s story and teaches the next generation about the shameful and forgotten parts of the past that must not be repeated.

Slavery and segregation created circumstances of marginalization, a cycle of unequal access, lost opportunities and systemic poverty.

Taking the time to learn about our robust history reveals stories of resilience, victories and communities coming together. Recognition leads to understanding and education, which can then lead to action.

This DAY is also about preparing for our future. It is in this preparation and fight for equality that we will prepare the younger generation for success.

From the Executive Board members, trustees and stewards.

Happy Emancipation day to all members of Local 5441

Equality Coordinator,

Cheryl Belgrave