Doug Tarry Homes Limited is committed to building a home for Knowledge Sharer Ray John Jr and we are inviting you and your staff to get involved.

In Doug’s own words “My goal is to show respectful support for the greater Oneida Nation of the Thames community, while at the same time bringing the best of the best together to create something really magical.”

 We knew that if we imagined a way forward together, we would find our way to build affordable accessible homes with Oneida leadership. We are inviting UNIFOR Locals to get involved with this specific build dubbed the Blitz Build.

Imagine Build’s Progress

  • Initial goal was to raise enough funds to build one home.
  • Since January, 2021, we have raised over $800,000 and have 2 homes currently being built (photo below of home #1), Ray John Jr’s home is home # 3 and the homeowners of home # 4 a family of 5- mom and 4 children under the age of 16.
  • 2 of the families will move out of rental units and 2 more families will move in.
  • By the end of the year, 6 families will be homed.

How Does the Imagine Build work?

All funds raised go directly to building the homes.


  • Once a family has been identified through an application process led by Oneida Nation of the Thames Housing department and representation from the Imagine Build team, they are responsible for the infrastructure costs which includes: the driveway, septic tank and utilities hook-ups.
  • Oneida Nation of the Thames will provide a loan to the family to pay for the infrastructure costs at a rate of $400/month.
  • This monthly payment goes back into the funds to pay for the next home’s infrastructure costs.
  • We imagined a way forward to create a circular economy and we got there.

If you like what you are reading and want to get involved, let us know.
There is lots of work to be done and there are lots of ways to support.

Yaw^ko/Thank you for walking this far with us.

Upcoming Recreation

P.O.E.M. Regional Texas Hold’Em Tournament
Hosted by the P.O.E.M. (Perth, Oxford, Elgin, Middlesex Recreation Council)
Local 636

126 Beale St.,

Woodstock, ON N4S 6X5

Date: Saturday October 14, 2023

Check-In:  10:15 – 11:00 a.m.      Start Time:  11:00 a.m.

The P.O.E.M. (Perth, Oxford, Elgin, Middlesex Recreation Council) is hosting a Texas Hold’Em Tournament on Saturday October 14, 2023, at LOCAL 636, 126 Beale St., Woodstock, ON.

Pre-register by contacting Luke Cranston (information below), prior to October 7, 2023.  Please, no drop-ins on the day of the tournament.  Check-in will begin at 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.  Play will begin immediately after opening remarks at 11:00 a.m.

 PLEASE NOTE – Location is LOCAL 636 in Woodstock, ON

REGISTRATION:  Please reserve your spot by October 7, 2023

  • Entry Fee – $40.00 per player ($20 buy back during the first hour of play only)
  • Please bring cash on the day of the tournament. Cash is the only payment accepted.
  • Entry Fee includes prizes and lunch
  • This event is open only to Unifor members (please bring valid proof of membership)
  • Prizes TBD based on number of Entries and Tournament Costs

To register, please contact Luke Cranston at:  or by calling 519-357-4447 ext 3012

For more information regarding this tournament, please contact Luke Cranston by email

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Euchre : Saturday October 28/23

Baor’s Head Pub

161 Ontario Street. Stratford Ontario.

Registration 12:00-1:00pm

Tournament 1:00-4:00pm

Admission: $10.00

Registration Deadline October 23/23

Contact ; Ruth Wagner 519-301-6953

e-mail Money Transfer to

Tournament open to Unifor Members, Families & Friends.

Lots of Prizes to be Won

Dear members,

I’m writing to share the results of Unifor’s regional strategy sessions discussing the next National Collective Bargaining Program.

Over four months this spring, our union held 45 strategy sessions across the country, including two virtual sessions. These sessions provided space for members to talk openly about their bargaining experiences, strategies, and priorities. The sessions also allowed members to consider Canada’s current economic and political challenges, and how Unifor must respond.

This summary report presents the key themes that will guide the development of the new National Collective Bargaining Program to be presented at the Bargaining Workers’ Power Summit on August 17 in Halifax in conjunction with Unifor’s 2023 Canadian Council.

Read the ‘Bargaining Worker Power’ interim report here.

Find more info on the Bargaining Workers’ Power Summit here.

Thank you for your contribution to the bargaining program so far, and I hope to see you in Halifax this summer.

In solidarity,

Lana Payne
National President

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Unifor Local 27 Partners with oneida Nation of the thames for imagine build

On October 22, 2021 Unifor Local 27’s Brian Chapman and Jim Wilkes joined Chief Adrian Chrisjohn at a press conference to announce the Imagine Build. Local 27 is working in collaboration with Oneida Nation of the Thames on an affordable and accessible housing project.

The Imagine Build is everything reconciliation is meant to represent.  An acknowledgement of the past with a solid solution to make life better for the Indigenous Communities

Working together with Chief Adrian Chrisjohn, the Band Council and a number of committed community activist’s we are building bridges between our communities working together to build four accessible homes by this summer.

At the news conference, President of Unifor Local 27 Brian Chapman pledged $10,000.00 to the Imagine Build and also pledged that we would help anyway we could, whether through help finding additional funding or by supplying volunteers who can help with the build.


To view pictures from the press conference, follow the link

Confirmed partnerships and funding so far:

  • Elected Chief, Adrian Chrisjohn and Band Council working side by side with the Imagine Build Committee.
  • Pillar Non-Profit- will provide administrative support to assist with issuing tax receipts.
  • Bell Media- promotional and editorial support of the Imagine Build.
  • $100,000 confirmed from a private donor.
  • Imagine Art Auction- a fundraiser planned featuring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous artists.
  • Justin Bardawill, building contractor
  • Unifor Local 27 $10,000.00 donation
  • We invite any organization or individual that would like to be a part of the Imagine Build to contact us at Local 27



ontario regional council & unifor Locals support imagine build

In a moving cheque presentation, Ontario Regional Council donated $150,000 towards The Imagine Build, an initiative – partnering with the Oneida Nation of the Thames Band Council – to build four accessible and affordable houses for families along the eastern shore of the Thames River south of London, Ont.

Mandi Fields of the Imagine Build said she became friends with an Indigenous man named Ray John Jr., who faced leg amputation surgery and during his recovery, she learned he was living with his wife and two sons in a 500-square-foot home, heated by a stove. They had been on an Oneida housing wait list for 20 years with 47 other families.

“This is the day I saw everything and now, I can no longer unsee,” she told the council.

Unifor locals then contributed more donations during ORC, with the amount totalling more than $200,000. The union’s skilled trades offered support for the building projects.

“Our members understand that reconciliation has to be more than just putting on an orange shirt,” said Unifor Local 27 Secretary-Treasurer Jim Wilkes. “We have to do more and sometimes, we have to donate our time and money to really make the change to establish relationships, build bridges and change lives.”

Fields, choked up after hearing about the donations tally and said, “We all know what having a home means I’ve never experienced something good like this for so long. This is not about throwing up houses and walking away – this is about reconciliation.”

Lana Payne said Unifor National will also contribute $50,000 towards the Imagine Build initiative, which ORC and other Unifor locals raised over $200,000 at a cheque presentation on March 9, 2022.

Notice for all Unifor Local 27 RPNs


It’s my pleasure to let you know that the Executive Board of Local 27 has approved a plan to reimburse Local 27 RPNs 10% off their membership into WeRPN (formerly RPNAO, Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario). This new initiative will begin with the new membership year for WeRPN that starts in July 2020.

We think this is an important initiative and encourage all RPNs to visit the WeRPN website at to look at what the membership has to offer nurses. This protection is available if you are involved with disputes or claims with CNO and require advise and representation which your employer or union may not be able to provide directly. One of the most important components of the Membership includes the professional liability protection insurance, with a $1,000,000 limit for each loss per nurse and $3,000,000 limit for all losses per year per nurse. It provides protection against malpractice claims arising from real or alleged errors or omissions, including negligence. As a member you are covered for the following: subpoenaed to appear before a legally constituted tribunal in Ontario; subpoenaed to appear as a witness in matters arising out of the Regulated Health Professional Act (1991) and any amending or superseding legislation; subpoenaed to appear as a witness in an incident relating to his/her profession of nursing; received a letter of complaint from the College of Nurses of Ontario as a result of a complaint, laid under Regulated Health Professions Act (1991) and any amending or superseding Legislation.

Please email Jerry Skinner (email address below) to apply for your WeRPN 10% before tax rebate. Be sure to include your name, mailing address , employer , local Union # ,CNO# and a copy of your  membership receipt / transaction details.  Your rebate will be sent to you by mail, so please allow some time for processing – Your patience is much appreciated. Please note, this offer is only available to Unifor Local 27 RPNs.

In Solidarity,

Brian Chapman

President Local 27

 please send all required info & file to the following email address –

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If you require assistance please contact us by phone or email as listed below.

Brian Chapman, President:


                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 222

                Cell: 519-319-3657

Jerry Skinner, Financial Secretary:


                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 223

                Cell: 519-521-9286

Jim Kennedy, 1st Vice President:


                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 229

                Cell: 519-697-0360

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