United Way of Peel Regions Says Thanks a Million to GE Canada and PepsiCo Canada

June 24, 2011

BRAMPTON —The United Way of Peel Region said thanks a million – again – to two Mississauga-based corporations -- GE Canada and PepsiCo Canada -- for raising $1 million or more in 2010 for United Ways across the country. The annual Thanks a Million Awards are given by United Way of Canada-Centraide Canada to corporations, employers and labour organizations that have worked with their employees or members to raise $1 million or more during a campaign year.

This is the second time PepsiCo Canada received the Thanks a Million Award; the fourth time for GE Canada.

The awards were presented today at the United Way of Peel Region’s annual general meeting. An additional 46 Thanks a Million winners who have locations in our community, but head offices elsewhere, were also acknowledged. They include:

  • Bell Canada, its Employees and Retirees
  • Best Buy and Future Shop
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canada Post and its Employees across Canada
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • CGI Group and its Employees
  • Chrysler Canada Inc.
  • CIBC
  • CN and its Employees
  • Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
  • Deloitte
  • Esso Imperial Oil, and their Employees and Annuitants/ExxonMobil Canada, and their Employees and Annuitants
  • Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited and Employees
  • GE Canada
  • Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign
  • Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
  • LCBO
  • Manulife Financial
  • PCL family of companies
  • PepsiCo Canada: PepsiCo Beverages Canada; PepsiCoFoods Canada
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada and its Employees
  • Procter & Gamble Inc.
  • PwC
  • RBC
  • Rogers Communications Inc.
  • Scotiabank Group
  • Sun Life Financial
  • TD Bank Group
  • TransAlta Corporation
  • UPS Canada/UPS SCS Canada
  • Labour and Union Organizations
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
  • Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
  • Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
  • CAW-Canada
  • Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP)
  • International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
  • Internal Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM&AW)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
  • Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Teamsters Canada (TC)
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
  • United Steelworkers (USW)

2010 Campaign Chair, Barbara Leavitt, told the audience of close to 200 that PepsiCo’s campaign was supported with “a high degree of commitment and enthusiasm from the leadership team and employee campaign committee. PepsiCo initiated a Leadership Challenge Grant of $50,000 from PepsiCo Foods and another $50,000 from PepsiCo Beverage. They made an additional corporate gift from PepsiCo Beverages of $50,000. PepsiCo Canada – including beverages and foods – provided a $1 for $1 match for employee pledges.”

PepsiCo also volunteers with United way – former president of PepsiCo beverage, Linda Kuga Pikulin is now serving on United Way of Peel Region’s Board of Directors and Anne-Marie Renaud, vice president of operations at PepsiCo Foods Canada is a new member of UWPR’s campaign cabinet.

Leavitt also announced that GE Canada won the award for the fourth consecutive year. She said “GE’s United Way theme to engage staff was GE and United Way: Healthy Lives, Healthy Community. Each GE business had a United Way champion whose job was to build spirit and enthusiasm for the campaign and actively promote face to face canvassing. The GE foundation provided a 50 cent on the dollar match on employee, retiree and special event gifts. They ran a national retiree campaign. As a result of their efforts GE had a 33% increase in donors over the previous year from 3,130 donors in 2009 to 4,184 donors in 2010.”

Close to 200 volunteers, businesspersons, donors and staff from the United Way of Peel Region attended UWPR’s Annual General Meeting at the Garden in Brampton. The event was sponsored by Baxter Canada.

About United Way of Peel Region
Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region serves the communities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Through its Community Fund, United Way invests in services, programs and initiatives that develop resilient people, grow strong families, and build vibrant neighbourhoods and communities. The mission of United Way of Peel Region is to engage with our community, through partnerships, to ensure people are cared for, connected and included.

For more information contact:
Trudi Ford
Communications Manager