United Way of Peel Region celebrates community impact and possibility at Annual General Meeting

BRAMPTON (June 23, 2015) – Today, at its annual general meeting, United Way celebrated its collective effort and the role of front line staff in driving community impact in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Through the release of the 2014-15 Impact Report and the incorporation of Bhayana Family Foundation Awards, there were plenty of reasons to celebrate.

As a central point of mobilization, United Way brings together leaders from all walks of life to build and support collective responses to the root causes of poverty. Through partnerships with partner social service agencies, regional government, education, business and health care, United Way drives community impact on issues such as mental health, family violence, youth unemployment and racism to name a few.

The 2014/15 Community Impact report shows:

  • 72,951 children and youth were on a path to succeed, now and in the future
  • 93,896 individuals received the help they needed as they faced complex challenges including abuse, mental illness and social isolation
  • 5,286 people participated in programs that improve safety for victims of abuse and violence

“Through our work with community partners, stakeholders, donors and over 3,000 volunteers we’ve been able to impact 187,647 lives,” says Shelley White, United Way of Peel Region President and CEO.  “I want to extend my sincere appreciation to our supporters for their generosity and commitment.”

Over 200 people gathered at the Garden Banquet & Convention Centre to share stories of possibility. Dana Robbins, Vice President and Group Publisher for Metroland South delivered the keynote address, highlighting the issues of local poverty. As an anti-poverty advocate and Champion, Dana’s words resonated with the crowd.

The morning was highlighted by the Bhayana Family Foundation Awards -- The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards, made possible by the generous support of Madan and Raksha M. Bhayana and the Bhayana Family Foundation. These are peer-nominated honours that recognize extraordinary contributions made by staff at United Way-funded agencies. The awards have also been given out in Toronto, Calgary, Lower Mainland and York Region. The awards were given out by the Honourable Hazel McCallion and Raksha M. Bhayana of the Bhayana Family Foundation.

The list of winners includes:

  • Silvia Lucero, Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre
  • Paula Nunes-Haggett, Family Education Centre
  • Bozena Tutaj, Nexus Youth Services
  • Catalina Canola, Our Place Peel
  • John Marsh, Caledon Community Services
  • Lia Colosimo, Spectra Helpline
  • Rochelle Mairs, Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services
  • Sue Morling, Peace Ranch
  • Trudi Ford, United Way of Peel Region

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About United Way of Peel Region
Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and motivate policy and attitude changes that lead to the improvement of people’s quality of life in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. United Way’s community investment focus is to help individuals and families move from a life of poverty to one full of possibilities, to ensure all children have the opportunity to be all they can be, and to build strong communities. For more information on United Way’s work in the community visit:

Media contacts:

Carol Kotacka | Vice President, Public Affairs & Stakeholder Engagement
416-420-9975 (mobile) |  | @unitedwaypeel