Fort McMurray, Alberta

Dear colleagues, friends, and fellow members of CALL/ACAMS,

As we are all aware, a devastating wildfire is ravaging peoples' homes and livelihoods in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The fire threatens to expand significantly before there is any chance of bringing it under control. In the meantime, Fort McMurray has been evacuated and tens of thousands of people require temporary shelter and support. Many of those people are union members and it looks like many will be unable to return to their homes for weeks or months.

 As a measure of immediate solidarity, I would like to encourage you to donate to the Red Cross for its Alberta Relief program. Individual members of CALL/ACAMS – including myself- have already made personal donations‎. Individual contributions are tax deductible and will be matched by both the Government of Alberta and the Government Canada, and so are particularly valuable. 

The Red Cross site for the Alberta Fires Appeal is at:

CALL/ACAMS will also be connecting with union leaders in Alberta in the coming weeks to determine if there are other ways that we can offer support as well.

Thank you everybody for your support, and your solidarity with the people of Fort McMurray,

Leanne Chahley
CALL / ACAMS President