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    IWD Luncheon 2016

    The Canadian Labour Congress - Ontario Region - and the Women’s Committee of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council present the International Women’s Day 2016 Celebration Lunch.

    When: Saturday, March 5, 2016
    Time: 11:00 am -- 2:00 pm
    (Doors Open at 10:30 am)
    (Lunch will be served promptly at 12:00 pm)
    Where: Unifor Union Hall, 600 Wabanaki Drive, Kitchener, Ontario

    Event Sponsorship/Co-host: $500-$1,000
    Table Sponsorship: $275.00 (Includes 8 tickets and your local name and number displayed on the table).
    Tickets: Individual: $25.00, Table of 8: $200.00

    All proceeds will be donated to Anselma House, Haven House, and Mary’s Place.

    To reserve or for more information, please contact: Shelley Tapsell, shelley@unifor1106.ca
    Please make your cheques payable to Waterloo Regional Labour Council with “IWD” on the memo line, and mail it to the Labour Council address: 203 - 120 Ottawa Street N., Kitchener, ON N2H 3K5.

    Click on image below for a printable poster.

    IWD Luncheon poster

    March 05, 2016 at 11am
    Unifor Meeting Hall
    600 Wabanaki Dr
    Kitchener, ON N2C 1J1
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