OPSEU Coalition of Racialized Workers

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival 2012

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival 2012



Workers of Colour Caucus at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2012

The Workers of Colour Caucus invite all members to participate at this year’s Toronto Caribbean Festival to be held on August 4th, 2012. The Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival is Toronto’s largest celebration of Caribbean Culture.

This year, the Workers of Colour Caucus float will be a part of Louis Saldenah"s presentation of Fantasy in Jewels"

WOCC is once again in the Xpat’s Section, Mozambique Tourmaline. The costume consists of Fuchsia, Lilac/Lavender, with Silver & Bronze accents. Music will be provided by Region 3’s own, Vince Gobind aka "inVINCEable int"l".

The Workers of Colour Caucus will also be participating  in the Kiddies Carnival  on July 21; Vaughan"s CariVaughn on August 11, and  Barrie"s Caribfest  on August 18.

Registration is on a first-come-first serve basis and limited; however, all members must register and pay by June 30, 2012 to participate. For more information and registration, please contact Vince Gobind at 1-416-561-7972 or at invinceable.intl@gmail.com

Appreciation for OPSEU’s success at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2011!

The Workers of Colour Caucus (WOCC) would also like to express its appreciation to everyone who participated and made the 2011 Toronto Carnival season a successful one!

The WOCC covered three regions in three weeks, Regions 5, 2 and 3.  In 2011, not only was OPSEU represented in Toronto’s Carnival Grand Parade on July 30th, but also, for the first time, OPSEU and the WOCC’s flags flew high at the children’s parade on July 16th as the young masqueraders revelled down Jane street. As well, Hamilton"s Mardi Gras saw OPSEU’s colors for the first time on August 6th, as did Barrie’s Caribfest on August 13th.

We would like to express our gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Winston, Sandra and all of the XPATS people who worked tirelessly to produce such a beautiful costume for the Workers Of Colour Caucus (and of course…their patience). Also we would like to thank and congratulate Louis Saldenah Mas-k Club for a great day on the Lakeshore and for placing second in the “Band of the Year” category last year.

We would also like to thank all the Locals, Committees and Regions for their donations towards the costumes. Especially Local 311, Local 348, Local 106, Local 571, Region 3 and Region 5 for their generous contributions.

WOCC would like to thank OPSEU for the use of the OPSEU truck at the Junior Carnival, Hamilton’s Mardi Gras and Barrie’s Caribfest. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Equity Unit for its support and to Monty Mohammed, who volunteered to drive the truck at each of these events and for ensuring that OPSEU and the WOCC"s flags were flying high.

Last, but definitely not least, we would like to thank the masqueraders, everyone who was in a costume at the parade this year….THANK YOU. We had four out of seven regions represented at the Toronto Carnival. We would like to send a special thanks to Sara Labelle, EBM from Region 3, Krista Miracle and Rod Bemister, EBMs from Region 5, Sandi Blancher, EBM from Region 1, Edie Strachan, Vice-Chair of the Provincial Women"s Committee and of course Eddy Almeida, EBM from Region 2 and the 1st Vice-President/Treasurer of our great union, for taking the time out of their busy schedule to participate in the parade.