Dear brother/sister,

We have all watched this week in absolute horror as wildfires have consumed the homes, threatened lives, and forced thousands to flee and seek shelter from the relentless threat of the flames in Fort McMurray.

There are not many people in Newfoundland and Labrador who don’t have some connection to Fort McMurray – our two communities are inextricably intertwined.

That’s what makes the tragedy unfolding before our eyes on TV and social media all the more real. It is hitting us all so close to home. It is heartbreaking.

However, through the damage and destruction, it is in times like this that we see the absolute best in one another, where strangers reach out to help each other, where firefighters and other first responders put their lives in jeopardy to help keep others safe, and where people open their hearts and homes to those seeking refuge. Humanity at its best.

For our part, our union is offering our solidarity and support to the people of Fort McMurray in their hour of need.

NAPE is contributing $25,000 to the Red Cross in support of relief efforts and we encourage NAPE locals and members to consider making a donation as well at:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Fort McMurray. We only hope that this contribution can help strengthen the relief effort on the ground and that the fires are extinguished soon.

In solidarity,

Jerry                              Bert

President                      Secretary – Treasurer