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Members’ music video spreads pandemic gratitude and hope

OPSEU/SEFPO Local 154 member Janice Hunter playing guitar and singing

A pair of OPSEU/SEFPO members have spearheaded an inspiring music project called Living on the Edge that gives thanks to all the front-line heroes helping us through the pandemic and sparks hope that, together, we’ll come out stronger on the other side.

“This was a community based project which started in Windsor Essex with some amazing activists and their kids with multiple trade unions,” wrote OPSEU/SEFPO Local 154 Treasurer Janice Hunter in an email to President Warren (Smokey) Thomas and First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida. “The message was to encourage people to do the right thing through this pandemic to keep our numbers down and to encourage others to look positively in these upcoming days.”

Hunter and her partner, Greg Desjarlais — who is a Correctional Worker in OPSEU/SEFPO Local 135 — worked together on the song and the video, along with a number of other members from Region 1 and the Coalition of Racialized Workers. Greg was a participant in OPSEU/SEFPO’s Got Talent during a recent OPSEU/SEFPO Convention.

“By creating the opportunity for others to creatively express themselves, the OPSEU/SEFPO’s Got Talent initiative has inspired others to do more,” wrote Janice. “So I just wanted to say: Thank you.”