Last week, from August 5 to 9, the New Brunswick Federation of Labour hosted its 19th annual Blair Doucet Youth Summer Camp (BDYSC) at the Moncton campus of l’Université de Moncton. It saw 11 high school aged youth come together from across the province: 6 boys and 5 girls.
“The Blair Doucet Youth Summer Camp has been called the crown jewel of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour. It is the only summer camp of its kind in Canada. I ask the camp participants and their parents to be our ambassadors and to promote the camp,” says Daniel Legere, New Brunswick Federation of Labour President at the closing ceremonies on Friday. “Your journey does not end here today, I invite you to attend upcoming labour day events in your community,” adds Legere.
In the mornings, camp participants learned about their rights as workers, the history of the labour movement and the role it plays in society, sweatshops and health and safety in the workplace. The afternoons were focussed on team-building exercises and fun activities.
“I want to say a special thank you to the camp counsellors who generously give their time and to the organizations who donate funds towards the costs of the camp. Without them, this camp would not be possible.” says Shanny Doucet, the Coordinator of this year’s summer camp.
At the closing ceremony on Friday, the youth presented what they learned during the week. They also received a participant certificate. After their high school graduation and acceptance in post-secondary education, youth will receive a $250 scholarship for each year they attended camp.
Blair Doucet, NBFL President from 1999 to 2005, founded the camp. He believed that the union movement should be brought to the youth of the province. Doucet passed away in February 2009. The summer camp is named in his memory.
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