GlobalFest is Back & Promises to be Better than EVER

Calling all Calgary and area 401 members. Calgary’s Globalfest is coming up soon (August 7-25).

There are loads of amazing and fun events planned throughout the entire festival, including live music for all tastes throughout, a night market, amazing food, speakers’ panels discussing a variety of interesting topics, there are also dance workshops, and even a fireworks festival planned for 5 different nights!  You can get all the info you need HERE

We’re also super sparked to announce that UFCW Local 401’s very own Ricardo de Menezes, Union Rep extraordinaire, will be on hand on August 8th at the Human Rights Forum to talk about our labour rights in Alberta and the path to citizenship for foreign workers. 

The Human Rights Forum features 4 evenings of panel discussion on the themes of Shelter, Good Work, Food Dignity, and Learning Together. Our speakers include a highly knowledgeable group of academics, community leaders, educators and urban artists in a format that encourages the sharing of experiences, knowledge, and the practical solutions necessary to address issues of racism and discrimination.

The concluding day of the Forum, Future Generations, features a 1 hour performance by Indigenous LA-based Hip Hop group Lightning Cloud, and a 30 minute performance of TRUTH Production, a theatre project with a blended cast of Indigenous and non-Indigenous urban artists; creating, working and performing together to celebrate cultural resiliency through artistic performances based on true-life stories of Indigenous people in Alberta and globally.

How would you like to get a free all-access pass, free meal, and more to this amazing festival?

All you need to do is volunteer a few hours to help us sell some 50/50 tickets and participate in some other fun activities.


The dates we need volunteers are:

–        August 8  – 2 people needed for a 2 p.m. start
–        August 16 – 10 people needed
–        August 18 – 10 people needed
–        August 21 – 20 people needed
–        August 23 – 10 people needed
–        August 25 – 10 people needed

The times are from 5-9 p.m. (August 8th, however, is from 2-6 p.m.)

As a “thank you” for volunteering, you will be provided with a meal, shuttle service from the volunteer parking area to the grounds, (your volunteer pass gets you entry on every night).  You can also use the UNIONYES promo code to buy discounted tickets for your family and friends!

You will be required to attend one training session for volunteers.  Please plan to make your own arrangements for time off with your workplace – your union cannot request your time off for you. 

The training takes place at Hotel Blackfoot
5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2B5

The dates for the training are:
·      July 29th – 1-3 p.m. OR 3-5 p.m.
·      July 31st– 6-8 p.m. OR 8-10 p.m.

You only need to attend ONE of these training time slots.

If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so Ricardo can sign you up!  Please call Ricardo de Menezes at: 403-291-1047, ext. 1110 or email him at:

  GlobalFest Human Rights Forum - Don't miss out on our very own Ricardo de Menezes who joins the speaking series on August 8th!