Mariposa Folk Festival


Greetings Region 3 Locals,
The Mariposa Folk Festival is a fantastic showcase for OPSEU as a sponsor and a community involved labour organization and it is simply one of the best folk festivals in all of North America.   The values of the Mariposa’s Foundation closely reflect those of our own organization, highlighting Inclusiveness, Social Conscience and Diversity.   This year there is an amazing line-up of talent including  Jann Arden, Billy Bragg and Johnny Clegg.  Visit the website at:

Held annually in Orillia, this event is a great opportunity for our members to enjoy world class music, and take in the other fun activities that are part of the festival.  2012 also introduces an option for attendees to camp right at the event.
It is no secret that labour organizations are under attack by the right wing, corporate and profits driven agenda.   Furthermore our own public services employers have villianized unions in the media.    OPSEU and other trade unions must work to change that public image by highlighting the positive social and community oriented initiatives that we support and are involved in.
Once again we are hoping to fundraise for a sponsorship package from our Region 3 locals and OPSEU centrally.   With modest donations from our Region 3 locals and main sponsorship from OPSEU we can secure a fantastic package that will put our banners on 2 of the stages, banners in The beer tent area and signs in selected locations.   Prominent full page advertising within the festival program guide, logo’s on event promotional material and on the webpage and any newspaper advertising is included.
Our sponsorship will also give all OPSEU members a discounted rate on passes for the weekend. Please contact Gord Longhi for any further information and make donation cheques payable to:  Mariposa Folk Foundation.
Please mail cheques to  Attn: Gord Longhi ,     14 Myrtle Avenue, Hawkestone ON L0L 1T0
(If we are able to provide the same sponsorship as last year we will also receive 4 free passes to the event which will be given to Locals that have donated.  The passes will be drawn lottery style and locals will receive one ballot for every hundred dollars donated. )

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