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Apr26

Meet some of our volunteers

National Volunteer Week 2017

Volunteers are the backbone of United Way of Peel Region. We couldn’t do what we do without them. Today, we’d like to introduce you to a few volunteers from our councils.

Spotlight on Esa Para Esananda

The importance of volunteering was instilled in Esa Para Esananda by his parents at a young age. He has always had a great passion for volunteering. He recalls, “My late father and other family members were big time volunteers back in my motherland. They taught me the importance of giving back to the community and serving the community.”

Esa has been a volunteer for over 40 years. He is an active volunteer with United Way of Peel Region – serving as past chair and a founding member of United Way’s South Asian Advisory Council. The council assists United Way in understanding the needs and challenges of Peel’s South Asian community and in building strong community relationships.

Esa volunteers to create hope and positive change lives.  Thanks for creating possibility, Esa.

Spotlight on Sophie Duan

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. -- Luke 6:38

This passage is one of the reasons that Sophie Duan volunteers. She believes that our social system is built upon it and she believes that each and every compassionate heart and good deed adds beauty to this world. We think she’s responsible for a lot of the beauty in our community.

Sophie has been an active volunteer with United Way of Peel Region for eight years. She is currently the Chair of the Chinese Advisory Council. The council assists United Way in understanding the needs and challenges of Peel’s Chinese community and in building strong community relationships.

When asked about her motivation to volunteer she replied, “Being a bridge of connecting Chinese community with main society is the mission of my life as a Chinese immigrant.”

Sophie volunteers to help people in need, to let them know they are cared, – to make the impossible, possible. Thanks for creating possibility, Sophie.

Spotlight on Theresa Darby

Theresa Darby volunteers for United Way because she believes that United Way is the cornerstone for our community – providing many services and connections.

Theresa Darby has been volunteering for over ten years. Currently, she is active with the Black Community Advisory Council. She played an instrumental role in the Black Community Advisory Council Gala (held in October 2015) and the Black Community Advisory Council Breakfast (held in February 2017).

Theresa volunteers to help others and demonstrate compassion for everyone in the community. Thank you for creating possibility, Theresa.

Spotlight on Shivi Gill

Shivi Chair is a member of United Way of Peel Region’s Board of Directors. She is also Chair of the Young Leaders Council (YLC). The Young Leaders Council is a group of individuals aged 20-35 years old who are active and emerging leaders working together to promote the engagement of our generation within Peel Region.


Thank you for creating possibility, Shivi.

Get to know us: Shivi Gill from United Way of Peel Region on Vimeo.

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