TYSON WHITNEY PHOTOS Tamara Meggitt stops for a second while unloading the horse trailer full of food in Port McNeill.

Facebook group donates food to striking North Island forestry workers

“when hardworking men and women go hungry that is wrong, that is just wrong”

Friday was an emotional rollercoaster of a day for striking forestry workers on the North Island.

More than 200 families between Port McNeill, Port Hardy, Port Alice, Holberg and Woss received much-needed food and household items thanks to a Facebook page called North & South VI Logging Communities United.

Tamara Meggitt and her friend Rona Doucette are the ones behind the social media account, and they held a food drive and raised $5,000 to help out families in need during the United Steel Workers Local 1-1937 forestry strike. The strike has been ongoing since July 1 and has affected 3,000 people and their families with no end in sight, as the union recently turned down Western Forest Products offer for binding arbitration.

Approximately $3,000 worth of groceries and fresh produce arrived bright and early Friday morning in Port McNeill by horse trailer, with Meggitt noting the trailer weighed approximately “4,000 lbs, plus all the fresh produce we picked up from the IGA here.”

She said the group’s fundraising efforts took about a month to put this whole thing together, and it was primarily from “food drives and events at local pubs — so it’s been steady.”

Meggitt added she’s a firm believer that “people need to look after people, and when hardworking men and women go hungry that is wrong, that is just wrong.”

The North & South VI Logging Communities United Facebook page released a statement after delivering the food:

“The messages we’ve both been receiving today from people north & south of us has left us in tears but happy tears!” read the post on the group’s social media page. “We need to give a few shout outs to the following people though! To North Coast Trail Shuttle & Cape Scott Water Taxi for your generous donation of $100! To North Vancouver Island Logging Golf Committee for your generous donation of $200! And finally to Brian Texmo of Texmo Electric for your generous donation of $500!

“Tamara was taken by surprise when she received these donations today as it was totally unexpected! Thank you Bill Gray for your efforts in collecting those donations. We can not thank you all enough for your generosity & kindness! You guys totally rock! Finally, to Lee Cyr & her cousin Bonnie Cyr who came up to both of us in Woss & gave us cash for the families! We can’t thank the both of you enough!

“Definitely feeling the love today!”


@NIGazette
editor@northislandgazette.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Just Posted

UPDATE with VIDEO: Daughter calls for animal safety measures after fatal elk collision

“Safety studies and improvements to Highway 18 are vitally important”

TSB investigating the grounding of Nana Provider on Quadra

‘This was a wake-up call to the people on the inside passage,’ says area director

Tim Hortons drive-thru rejects mom and kids on bicycle

Car-free for years, Charity Millar ‘felt gross’ being denied service

‘Our culture is not a religion,’ Indigenous educator tells Nanaimo court in case of smudging at school

Mother also gave evidence Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court, case continues Wednesday

Courtenay “geovangelist” teacher wins prestigious national award

Andrew Young won the 2019 Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy

B.C. politicians view supermodel’s transition journey on Transgender Day

Liberal MLA Jane Thornthwaite and New Democrat MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert appear in the documentary

New school name proposals unveiled for Alberni, Ucluelet

Board of education suggests new names, asks for public feedback

Tofino Bus closes bus depot in Port Alberni

Island-wide bus service switching to curbside pickup, drop-off, says parent company

Denman ferry cable to be replaced with plastic cable – for now

The first flattened steel strand cable is expected to be installed late summer 2020

Cyclist hit and seriously injured on TCH in Duncan Friday

Initial findings are that the cyclist rode across four lanes of traffic on the TCH

Witness sought after man found unconscious after altercation in downtown Courtenay

Police say this is not believed to be a random incident.

BC Ferries’ two new hybrid vessels set sail for B.C. from Romania

Two Island Class ferries to be in use by 2020

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

Mann died peacefully in Vancouver on Wednesday from early onset Alzheimer’s

Most Read