Progress being made on seasonal farm workers issues

Seasonal Farm Worker issues are being addressed through the Farm And Community Team Okanagan Similkameen (FACTOS).

Seasonal Farm Worker issues are being addressed through the Farm And Community Team Okanagan Similkameen (FACTOS). Lilly Zekanovic, Penticton and Area Women’s Centre Project Coordinator for the Farm And Community Team Okanagan Similkameen is pleased to announce that Arlene Arlow, Councillor for the Village of Keremeos has agreed to chair the committee.

The formal mandate includes funding to address issues of seasonal workers.  Funding is in place until the end of March, with the hope that continued funding can be secured. Chairman Arlene Arlow understands that the issues are both economic and cultural and will continue beyond March, 2013.

Lilly and Arlene are requesting your participation in the committee. The committee’s Mission Statement is:

“Promoting community spirit and economic vitality for a healthy seasonal workforce.”

The Farm And Community Team Okanagan Similkameen plans to further develop five key sub-committees dealing with:

– Accommodation

– Transportation

– Cross-cultural education

– Labour and remuneration

– Safety and security

Please reply before January 8, 2013.  The next FACTOS committee meeting will be Friday January 11, from 10 a.m. to noon.  Meeting location is the Penticton and Area Women’s Centre at #209, 304-Martin Street, Penticton.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Farm And Community Team Okanagan Similkameen (FACTOS) contact information:

Lilly Zekanovic, Project Coordinator

Farm And Community Team Okanagan Similkameen

Phone:  250-493-6822 ext. 109

Toll-free:

866-493-6822

Fax:

250-493-6827

Email:  farmwork.pawc@gmail.com

Arlene Arlow, Chairman

Farm And Community Team Okanagan Similkameen

Phone:

250-499-5121

Email:

aarlow@telus.n

 

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