United Way Annual Meeting inspired by elementary students who want to change the world

June 22, 2012

BRAMPTON: Worthington Public School grade two and three students showed the 200 guests at United Way of Peel Region’s annual general meeting today that, like United Way, they are committed to making change happen.

On the heels of their school’s talent show, the nine Brampton students inspired the audience by singing and dancing to "We Can Change the World." They chose the song because they liked the positive message. These students believe that with one step at a time they can change the world.

There are many social issues that impact the communities within Peel Region. At United Way of Peel Region, we’re proud of our role as leaders, conveners and participants in changing situations for the better in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.”

“Change can start with two people, at a town meeting, in a union meeting or in a classroom. And once it starts, it grows, as we engage more people and rally together in collective action,” said Board Chair Shaila Mehta. “As change happens, new things are possible.”

“United Way cannot address every challenge facing our community. But we do know there are several critical areas where we can effect real and positive change,” says CEO Shelley White. “By working together – by being United – we will improve lives, we will strengthen neighbourhoods and we will make our community great for everyone.”

Over the last 12 months, United Way’s Board led the assessment, review, planning and commitment to the roadmap that will guide United Way over the next five years. The 2012-17 strategic plan will help United Way focus its energy, to ensure that members of our organization are working toward the same goals, and to assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to our changing environment. This roadmap will enable the organization to make informed decisions in how we complete our work – leading to unprecedented growth and stronger community impact.

United Way of Peel Region is focused on improving lives by investing in solutions locally to:

  • Help kids be all that they can be
  • Build healthy people and strong communities
  • Move people from poverty to possibility.

To review a copy of United Way of Peel Region’s 2011/12 annual report and 2012-17 strategic plan visit, and

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