July 29, 2015

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Good afternoon, everybody!

It is amazing how much is always going on with the Building Trades. Many locals have golf tournaments throughout the summer, for example.  Local 1 just had their tournament last weekend (photos here) and the Boilermaker golf tournament is coming up on August 15. I don’t know how many spots are left, but I know they are going quickly, so stop by here and register. I hope I see you there.

I was lucky enough to participate in the BTA Golf Tournament at the Garrison in support of Prostate Cancer Canada before my official start date.  At that tournament, the BTA, with the support of all the participants, raised a whopping $42,000. That money was then added to the money raised at the Do It for Dads Run/Walk on Father’s Day this year. One was held in Calgary and one was held here in Edmonton, and on that day, over $138 000 was raised between the two cities!

Member Locals and the BTA do a lot of work in the community and hold lots of events that not many people outside of our circles know about. That’s something that I am hoping to improve here. We (all of us in the Building Trades) do great things but we don’t brag about it. I think we should.  People need to know about all the good that we do.

Two other upcoming events that I have mentioned on our Facebook page and that you should seriously think about attending are the 1st Annual Family Fun Fest being put on by the International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers Local 110 on Saturday, August 15 (click here for details or have a look through our Facebook feed) and the Solidarity Slugfest on September 12 & 13 at the Okotoks on Deck Recreation Park. Have a look at our Facebook feed or contact Willow Carriere for more information at willow@vidaevents.ca. Six Locals have already signed up and the deadline to register is approaching quickly (August 4) so make sure you register as soon as possible.

There is always a lot going on in our community. Make sure you share the information with me so I can help you promote it.  Send the info, with pictures if you have them, to info@bta.ca. While we are talking about sharing, send me stories about you, how you got into the trades, funny or interesting things that happened to you on the job or anything else you think would be worth sharing.  Encourage your friends to do it too. I’ve started to receive submissions already and am looking forward to beginning posting them.

Until next time.


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