The COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty, unease, grief and suffering. Now more than ever it is important to come together as a province and a country to support each other. Thanking those risking their lives to help us and giving to local food banks are powerful ways to show gratitude. Wearing a Purple Ribbon symbolizes that support and shows we are thankful.

Click here to learn how the Purple Ribbon campaign works and how you can support the cause!


Purple Ribbon Campaign Boosts Local Soup Kitchen has published an article regarding Local 128's donation to the Soup Kitchen Community Centre in Sault Ste. Marie as part of the Purple Ribbon Campaign. Read the article here:

Lodge 146 raises over $8,000 for Alberta Food Banks

Boilermaker Lodge 146 Business Representative Jason Speer giving a donation from the Purple Ribbon Campaign.  Lodge 146's campaign has raised over $8,000.00 for Alberta Food Banks.

CTV News Features Purple Ribbon Campaign

CTV News recently featured Boilermaker Local 128's support of food banks across Ontario through the Purple Ribbon Campaign. The Purple Ribbon Campaign aims to raise money for local food banks while showing gratitude to Essential Workers. In the video, donations to Our Children Our Future in Sudbury, ON and the community soup kitchen in Sault Ste. Marie, ON are featured.

To watch the video, see Boilermakers Union makes big donation for food (CTV News).

D-10 Donates to Three Food Banks

The Members of Boilermaker Cement Division District 10 Eastern Canada contributed to three different food banks. Cheques were delivered before Christmas to the Hamilton Food Bank in Hamilton, Ontario, the Romero House in Saint John, New Brunswick, and to Colchester Food Bank in Truro, Nova Scotia. The Purple Ribbon Campaign in support of Essential Workers is a proud sponsor of food banks across Canada.

D10 Donation to the Romero House (Saint John, New Brunswick). (Left to Right) John Dugan, John Black (Vice-President) and Steve Jones (President D406).

D-10 Donation to Hamilton Food Share

D10 Donation to Hamilton Food Share (Hamilton, ON): (Left to right) Jameson Amaral (President D10 & Trustee D366), Tony Andrade (Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer D10) and Lincoln Trevail (Trustee D10 & President D488)

D10 Donation to Colchester Food Bank (Truro, NS): (Left to right): Brad Sutherland (President D454) and a representative of Colchester Food Bank.

Supporting Essential Workers and Purple Ribbon Donations

Local 146 which started the Essential Workers and Purple Ribbon Campaign is still donating to area food banks. The cities of Edmonton, Calgary and Airdrie are receiving funds totaling over $8,000 this holiday season. The continued support of the members and staff is amazing. Hugh MacDonald, Business Manager of Local 146, says "The money is certainly needed to support our food banks and thanks to all members for their contributions."

Purple Ribbon Food Bank Donations

The need to support food banks is greater than ever this year. The Pandemic has affected many individuals and Boilermakers Local 128 in Ontario has responded in Purple Fashion. The Executive Board and Business Manager Roy Grills with the approval of the members have made 6 donations of $5,000 each to food banks in Ontario. Food banks in Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Hamilton, Kingston, and Sarnia have all received $5000. The total donation of $30,000 will help assist those in need over the holiday season. The generosity and kindness of the Boilermakers will hopefully bring some relief and happiness during the holiday season.

Merry Christmas.

Darrell Bray Boilermaker Business Representative for North Western Ontario donates on behalf of the membership to Volker Kromm Executive Director of Regional Food Distribution in Thunder Bay.

Sudbury Donation: Our Children Our Future

Sault Ste. Marie Donation: Soup Kitchen Community

Hamilton Donation: Food Share

Sarnia Donation: Inn of the Good Sheppard

Kingston Donation: Partners in Mission Food Bank

Kingston Donation: Partners in Mission Food Bank

Local 128 Donates to Burlington Food Bank

The Purple Ribbon Campaign supporting Essential Workers makes its first contribution to the Burlington Food Bank.

Wearing Purple Ribbons shows strength and dedication by our membership towards the community. Our neighbors and family members are impacted by the current situation. Standing together we will overcome the hardships presented by the COVID-19 crisis.

Local 73 Proudly Embraces Purple Ribbon Campaign

Electronic billboard advertises Purple Ribbon campaign

Food Banks Canada endorses the Purple Ribbon campaign

Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada.

We are a national charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. We support a unique network of provincial associations, affiliate food banks, and food agencies that work at the community level to relieve hunger.

Our work focuses on maximizing collective impact, strengthening local capacity, and reducing the need for food banks in order to help create a Canada where no one goes hungry.

Your support is needed now more than ever. Food banks from coast to coast to coast are feeling the dramatic effects of Covid-19 in their communities. As a result, we have launched a $150 mil national campaign to help ensure food banks across our country can continue to do their critical work and support those most vulnerable.

100% of funds raised will be distributed to food banks across Canada. We are calling on all Canadians to support this campaign so that we can source, package, and deliver the essential food items our community members so desperately need."

Working with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers on the Purple Ribbon Supporting Essential Workers Campaign will provide necessary resources across Canada. Every Boilermaker should be proud of the contributions raised.

Thank you

Erin McAllister
Senior Development Officer, Partnership

Lodge 146 launches Facebook page for Purple Ribbon campaign

Boilermaker Lodge 146 has launched a Facebook page for the Purple Ribbon campaign where there will be weekly contests requiring photo submissions. Click the link below to visit the page.

Lodge 146 - Purple Campaign

Canada's National Day of Mourning: Purple Ribbons supporting COVID-19 essential workers

COVID-19 has brought new meaning to this day that honours workers who have lost their lives, were injured or became ill from their job. Today Lodge 146 hosted a virtual ceremony to remember lives forever changed. By wearing Purple Ribbons, the Lodge also honoured essential workers risking their lives every day to battle COVID-19.

Day of Mourning Photos

Airdrie's food bank joins campaign!

We are pleased to announce that in addition to partnering with the Edmonton and Calgary Food Banks we are now working with Airdrie’s Food Bank. More details to follow with Airdrie ribbon and donation box locations. All donations from this campaign go directly to the local food banks.

We encourage other Alberta communities with Registered Charity Food Banks to contact us to get more information.

Twitter video from Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration

Purple ribbons campaign featured on CTV News

The Purple Ribbon campaign was recently featured on CTV News Edmonton.

Read the article here: Purple ribbons show support for essential workers

Kick off to YYC Purple Ribbon campaign

Kick off to YYC Purple Ribbon campaign. Lynwood medical office staff proudly wearing ribbons and collecting with the donation box.