At Voortman’s Bakery in Burlington, Ontario, BCTGM Local 264 (Toronto, Ontario) members warmly welcomed a small group of Ukrainian refugees who came to work at the bakery in the late summer 2022.

Over the months since the war in Ukraine began, Canada has welcomed more than 82,000 Ukrainians fleeing their country, allowing them to make a fresh start in Canada.

In the bakery, word spread quickly about the most pressing needs of the newly arrived Ukrainian workers. From clothing, bedding, furniture and other home necessities, to transportation to and from the bakery, Local 264 members stepped up to help the new Union members settle into the community and their workplace.

“Local 264 members at Voortman’s Bakery rallied around these new workers and showed the true meaning of Union Sister and Brotherhood,” says Local 264 Business Agent Bill Hegedus.

“I want to thank every Local 264 member at Voortman’s Bakery for the kindness they extended to the Ukrainian refugees as they begin a new life in Canada as members of BCTGM Local 264,” concludes Hegedus.


Welcoming Refugeees from Ukraine

Pictured from left to right:

Bill Hegedus, Business Agent; Tetiana, Kira, Inna, & Mariana; Parker, Chief Steward at Voortman’s Bakery