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

BRAMPTON (June 25, 2013) –Today, at its annual general meeting, United Way said thanks a million to two national campaign supporters with head offices in our region. GE Canada and PepsiCo Canada each raised more than $1-million in 2012 for the United Way movement across the country.

Thanks a Million is an honour United Way Centraide Canada bestows on Canada’s leading organizations that, together with their employees or members, have raised $1-million or more in support of United Way Centraide in a campaign year.

Fifty-seven additional Thanks a Million honorees with locations in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, but head offices elsewhere, were also acknowledged. (You can see the complete list here:

“United Way inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and stimulate policy and attitude changes. That’s how change will happen,” says United Way of Peel Region CEO Shelley White. “Strong partners, like GE Canada and PepsiCo Canada, helping to move our mission forward will improve lives and build community.”

Thanks a Million GE Canada

GE Canada was celebrated for receiving the award for the sixth consecutive year.

“GE Canada is committed to working for a stronger Canada. In business they are Building, Powering, Moving and Curing the world. And when it comes to their United Way campaign they are dedicated to ’Live Healthy, Live GEnerously, Live United’”, said Shelley White, United Way President and CEO. “Not only is GE committed to transforming healthcare in Canada through innovations like digital pathology but, to also strengthen Canada’s global competitiveness to build a culture of innovation and collaboration.”

Thanks a Million PepsiCo Canada

This is the fourth time PepsiCo Canada has been honoured with the Thanks a Million Award.

“PepsiCo Canada’s 10,000 employees across the country are united in their commitment to support communities in which their colleagues and customers live, work and play,” said White. “PepsiCo has a long history of not only encouraging its employees to positively impact the communities in which they serve, but to drive its employees to be leaders in social responsibility.”

For the third consecutive year, PepsiCo initiated a $100,000 Leadership Challenge Grant for pledges of $1,000 or more; $50,000 came from PepsiCo Foods and $50,000 from PepsiCo Beverages. United Way was able to leverage this challenge beyond their company to inspire donors throughout the Peel community to make a lasting change to neighbourhoods throughout the region.

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