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OPSEU supports and promotes awareness for critical peer-to-peer support services

OPSEU member Mike Lundy was the featured guest on local Sault Ste. Marie television program “ONN Point with Andy Martens” on ONNtv Tuesday. Lundy was on the half-hour current affairs program to promote the next leg of the “Peers Need Peers” fundraising barbecue tour in support of the non-profit groups Boots on the Ground and Badge of Life Canada.

Boots on the Ground provides 24-7 peer-to-peer support services, while Badge of Life Canada provides resources and programs to frontline workers and first responders who are recovering from a traumatic on-the-job experience. “Weekly, daily, hourly…it’s so important for Boots on the Ground and Badge of Life to be there for us,” Lundy, who is a correctional officer at the Thunder Bay Jail, told program host Andy Martens.

Next week, OPSEU members from Region 6 will be holding barbecues in North Bay, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury to raise awareness about the critical role that peer-to-peer support plays in mental health; similar to the “Peers Need Peers” tour in northwestern Ontario in July.