United Way of Peel Region’s 2013 Campaign raises $12.702 million

MISSISSAUGA (February 6, 2014) – United Way of Peel Region, with the support of  thousands of donors and volunteers from across our community, United Way of Peel Region has raised to date $12.702-million of its 2013 $13.3 million goal.

Over 500 people came together at the Mississauga Convention Centre this evening to celebrate their hard work. United Way also presented Spirit Awards (list attached) to several organizations and individuals to recognize their efforts in the campaign and their volunteer work in the community.

“The collective effort on behalf of United Way of Peel Region was incredible,” says Dale Storey, 2013 Campaign Chair  and vice-president, marketing at General Mills Canada. “Our shortfall does not reflect the spirit of generosity and compassion of the people and businesses of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga in supporting one another. Over 2,600 volunteers and 300 workplaces demonstrated their commitment to creating real change for our many neighbours living in poverty and struggling on a daily basis. I thank everyone for working with us to help make a difference.”

“It takes an entire community working together to build a better community,” says Shelley White, United Way president and CEO. “I extend my sincere appreciation to our supporters for their generosity and for their confidence in United Way.”

White added, “We have made a promise to this community; to the people struggling; to those that are vulnerable. We promised that we would connect people to opportunities to build a better life help build the capacity of the sector, and help move people from poverty to possibility. I’m standing here today telling you we are not backing away from that promise.”

It’s not too late to donate. United Way of Peel Region is still accepting contributions to this campaign – which officially ends March 31. Visit or call 905-602-3650.

Funds raised by United Way are invested in a vital network of community agencies that – every day – deliver programs and services to help people build a better life. Investments will also be made to support United Way’s long-term efforts to address the root causes of our community’s persistent social problems, helping to improve and strengthen whole communities.

The celebration was sponsored by General Mills Canada and hosted by Canadian Olympian, Brampton resident and United Way champion, Michelle Cowell.  Participants from the Good Food Brampton Community Kitchen – a United Way funded program run by the Catholic Family Services of Peel – showed off their culinary skills for guests at the reception, and the Project One dance group – recipients of a United Way Youth In Action grant – performed for the guests.

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Media contact:
Doris Mohrhardt
Communications & Marketing
905-602-3624 (desk)
416-420-9975 (mobile)

 2013 Spirit Award Nominees

(Winners are bolded)

United Way of Peel Region’s Spirit Awards honour the inspiration and passion evident in our very best campaigns. Spirit Award winners take campaign best practices and tailor them to fit their organizational and workplace culture.

And the nominees are…

Welcome to United Way Campaign Award

This award recognizes new workplace campaigns that have vitality, excitement, involvement and excellent communication. Workplaces that have not run a campaign in two years are also eligible.

  • Safe City Mississauga, Mississauga
  • Southwire Canada, Mississauga
  • Zurn Industries Limited, Mississauga

Speakers’ Bureau Award

This award recognizes a dynamic speaker whose personal story captivates, inspires and motivates audiences to engage with United Way. It is awarded to a member of the Speakers Bureau made up of employees, volunteers and clients of United Way funded agencies.

  • Sophia Brown Ramsay

Outstanding Agency Campaign Award

This award is presented to social service agency employee campaigns that have exceptional participation and promote giving to the Community Fund.

  • ACCES Employment
  • Associated Youth Services Peel, Mississauga
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, Brampton
  • Canadian Mental Health Association/ Peel Branch, Brampton
  • Our Place Peel, Mississauga
  • Rapport Youth and Family Services, Brampton
  • Safe City Mississauga
  • Spectra Community Support Services, Brampton
  • Supportive Housing in Peel, Mississauga
  • Victim Services of Peel, Brampton
  • Volunteer MBC, Brampton

Labour Award of Distinction

This award is presented to a workplace and its union members that have demonstrated a commitment to community and to furthering the values shared by United Way and the Labour Movement.

  • City of Mississauga and CUPE 66 , CUPE 966, IFF 1212, ATU 1572, UFCW 175, IAMAW District Lodge #78
  • ESAB Group Canada Inc. and USW Local 9042, Mississauga
  • Peel District School Board and CUPE 1628, CUPE 2544, ERFP, ETFO, OPSEU 283, OSSTF D19, Media Support Specialists’ Association, Mississauga

Outstanding Corporate Campaign Award

This award is presented to organizations that excel in the many areas of corporate support for United Way.

  • Canada Dry Mott’s Inc., Mississauga
  • Edward Jones, Mississauga
  • GE Canada, Mississauga
  • General Mills Canada, Mississauga
  • GlaxoSmithKline Inc., Mississauga
  • Nestle Purina PetCare Canada, Mississauga
  • PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Mississauga
  • PepsiCo Canada, Mississauga
  • Region of Peel
  • Target, Mississauga

Best National Employee Campaign Award

This award is presented to the employee campaigns that run an exceptional national campaign and experience a significant increase in participation and/or dollars raised.

  • Canada Dry Mott’s Inc., Mississauga
  • GE Canada, Mississauga
  • Hershey Canada, Mississauga
  • Mondelez Canada, Mississauga
  • Suncor Energy Inc., Mississauga
  • UPS Canada/UPS SCS Canada

Leading the Way Campaign Award

This award is presented to workplace campaigns that conduct exemplary Leadership Giving campaigns. Leadership gifts are donations of $1,000 or more.

  • Edward Jones, Mississauga
  • Express Scripts Canada, Mississauga
  • PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Mississauga
  • General Mills Canada, Mississauga
  • Pepsi Beverages, Mississauga
  • PepsiCo Foods Canada, Mississauga

Employee Campaign Chair of the Year

This award is presented to Employee Campaign Chairs who ran exceptional campaigns using best practices, creativity, enthusiasm, leadership skills and strategic thinking.

  • Shelagh Nuttall, Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Branch, Brampton
  • John Buttler, Chubb Edwards, Mississauga
  • Agnes Taylor, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Mississauga
  • Michelle Miranda, Express Scripts Canada, Mississauga
  • Lisa Jankov & Paul Desiri, GE Canada, Mississauga
  • Lindsay Robertson & Sean Martin, General Mills Canada, Mississauga
  • Christine Hein & Emilie Roy, Kimberley-Clark Canada, Mississauga
  • Fiona Provan, Nestle Purina PetCare Canada, Mississauga
  • Matt Bitonte & Andrea Houstan, Pepsi Beverages, Mississauga
  • Joel Scales & Anand Ramanujam, PepsiCo Foods Canada, Mississauga
  • Gina Coleman, Spectra Community Support Services, Brampton
  • Leif Nygren, Suncor Energy Inc., Mississauga
  • Erica Iafrate, Ultima Foods, Mississauga
  • Ashley O’Brien & Brad McFarlane, Whirlpool Canada LP, Mississauga

Outstanding Employee Campaign Award

This highly contested award is presented to employee campaigns with outstanding participation and support of United Way.

  • ACCESS Employment, Mississauga
  • Amgen Canada, Mississauga
  • Chubb Edwards, Mississauga
  • City of Mississauga, Mississauga
  • ConAgra Foods Canada, Mississauga
  • Cushman & Wakefield Ltd., Mississauga
  • DuPont Pioneer, Mississauga
  • E.I. DuPont Canada Company, Mississauga
  • Express Scripts Canada, Mississauga
  • IMS Brogan, Mississauga
  • Intact Insurance Company, Mississauga
  • PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Mississauga
  • Rogers Communications, Brampton
  • Whirlpool Canada LP, Mississauga