United Way of Peel Region invests in 10 youth led initiatives

PEEL REGION (December 9, 2016) – On Thursday, surrounded by family and friends, 10 groups comprised of young, entrepreneurial leaders were awarded a Youth in Action grant.

Shelley White, President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region was on hand for the cheque ceremony. “Year after year, I’m amazed by the calibre of projects submitted by such young, brilliant, socially conscious minds”

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United Way of Peel Region CEO Honoured at Mississauga Heritage Awards

MISSISSAUGA (November 11, 2016) – The red carpet at Lakeshore Convention Centre was rolled out at the Heritage Mississauga’s annual awards show, the Credits, where Shelley White received the Heritage Lifetime Award for over 30 years of community leadership, stewardship, and unparalleled commitment to this community.

Heritage Mississauga is a non-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of local heritage. Their annual awards honours members of the Mississauga community for their contributions and achievements.

Shelley White and Ray Lessard were both presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in a tie.

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United Way of Peel Region Celebrates the Contributions of Labour

PEEL REGION (October 6, 2016) – Earlier today United Way of Peel Region recognized the contribution of Labour in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga during the annual Peel Regional Labour Council breakfast.

Nationally, United Way and the Canadian Labour Congress have partnered together since 1988. Representing over 3 million individuals, the Canadian Labour Congress is the largest federation of unions in Canada. Unions care deeply for their communities, providing cooperative housing, childcare and other social services. Working together with United Way at a national and local level, the Canadian Labour Congress engages and endorses the support of United Way across Canada.

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United Way of Peel Region Launches it’s 49th Annual Campaign

MISSISSAUGA (September 23, 2016) – Earlier this morning United Way of Peel Region kicked off it’s 49th annual Workplace campaign at the Vic Johnson Community Centre in Mississauga.

Kris Smith, 2016 Campaign Chair and Executive Vice President, Refining and Marketing, Suncor Energy Inc. and Shelley White, President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region kicked off the event that welcomed over 300 community members. 

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United Way of Peel Region Launches the Women’s Leadership Council

TORONTO (September 22, 2016) – Earlier this evening at the Crown Plaza over 90 prominent female leaders came together to launch United Way of Peel Region’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC).

The Council is comprised of female leaders from Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga who have come together to move the needle on child poverty and empowering children and youth to be all they can be.  Through giving, volunteering and acting, the Council will focus on breaking the cycle by: providing support in times of crisis, working on prevention and advocating for long term change.

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Pulling for U! – UPS Host’s Plane Pull in Support of United Way of Peel Region

MISSISSAUGA (September 10, 2016) – Earlier this morning teams of people arrived at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport not with passports in hand but with their might, courage and some ice for the subsequent strain on their bodies.

UPS organized the first annual plane pull in support of United Way of Peel Region where participants came together to take on the challenge of pulling an Airbus A300 50 feet across the tarmac in the shortest amount of time.

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United Way of Peel Region CEO, Shelley White and Mississauga Mayor, Bonnie Crombie announce refugee support by local business

PEEL REGION (April 2, 2016) – Today among fresh produce and the aroma of freshly baked bread, Ma’an Abdulwahab, Owner of Mona Fine Foods was joined by United Way of Peel Region President and CEO, Shelley White, Mississauga Mayor, Bonnie Crombie and Member of Parliament, Omar Alghabra to present a $50,000 donation to support refugee families who have landed in our community.

Mona Fine Foods a local grocery store in Mississauga approached Mayor Crombie’s office to offer support to the refugee families settling in Mississauga and Peel Region. Mayor Crombie’s office worked with United Way of Peel Region to facilitate the donation of grocery vouchers.

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BBOT honours United Way of Peel Region with Mentoring Award

PEEL REGION (April 27, 2016) – The red carpet at Pearson Convention Centre was rolled out at the Brampton Board of Trade’s annual Business Excellence Awards where United Way Peel Region received the Mentoring award.

Brampton Board of Trade presents the Mentoring award to a business person or organization that best helps support youth, newcomers or new entrepreneurs to be successful in the Brampton business community.

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United Way of Peel Region Announces Strategic Investments in Mental Health Supports

PEEL REGION (May 2, 2016) – Today, United Way announced an investment of over $1.3 million supporting critical mental health services to meet the growing need in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

Key Facts:

  • Mental illness is the second leading cause of disability and premature death among Canadians.
  • One in five will experience diagnosable mental health problems or illnesses in their lifetime. 70% of which will occur during childhood or adolescence.

In Peel:

  • This figure represents over 250,000 people. Stigma and lack of awareness of mental health supports are key challenges facing Peel’s population
  • There is a 6 month waitlist for mental health supports
  • 12% of Peel students surveyed had seriously considered suicide and 6% had tried it at least once in the past 12 months
  • Police units are responding to an increasing number of mental health calls – 96% increase since 2009

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United Way Hosts local Government Forum to End Homelessness in Peel Region

PEEL REGION (May 10, 2016) – On Friday, May 6, 2016, United Way of Peel Region hosted a summit to find solutions to reduce homelessness and increase access to affordable housing in Peel. The meeting included elected officials from all levels of government, United Way donors, community leaders and representatives from community partners including Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee, Fair Share Taskforce, Peel Newcomer Strategy Group, and the 20,000 Homes Campaign Committee.
    
The purpose of the symposium was to increase awareness of poverty and homelessness in Peel and to identify opportunities for all levels of government and community based organizations to work together to address this critical social issue.

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United Way of Peel Region and Beyoncé reward local volunteers

PEEL REGION (May 25, 2016) – Four lucky United Way of Peel Region volunteers and their guests will be getting into formation tonight when they attend Beyoncé’s sold-out show at the Rogers Centre.

United Way of Peel Region announced a partnership with Beyoncé’s BeyGood initiative to inspire everyone through The Formation World Tour to get involved in building stronger communities. Fans coming together—in activities big and small—will make a difference in their communities throughout the course of the tour.

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United Way of Peel Region Announces Investments in Homelessness Intervention Strategy at Annual General Meeting

PEEL REGION (June 21, 2016) – Today, at its Annual General Meeting, United Way announced an investment of over $1.9 million to support their homelessness reduction and prevention strategy. The funds will provide critical services to meet the growing need in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

“Last year, over 14,000 people including almost 4,000 children and youth used homeless shelters and transitional housing – right here in our community. There is significant need for increased crisis intervention, interim supports and long term prevention strategies,” said Shelley White, United Way of Peel Region President and CEO.

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United Way of Peel Region Recognizes Outstanding Partners

PEEL REGION (June 28, 2016) – United Way of Peel Region recognized outstanding partners and dedicated frontline social service staff at the organization’s Annual General Meeting last week.

  • United Way presented Suncor Energy with the “Thanks a Million” award. The “Thanks a Million” award recognizes organizations that have raised $1-million or more in support of United Way Centraide in one campaign year.
  • The Region of Peel was presented with the Community Partner Award. This award is presented to a company, organization or individual that has led our community to new levels of innovation and impact in Peel. The Region of Peel has partnered with United Way of Peel Region on a number initiatives including the response to help refugees of the Syrian crisis settle in Peel.
  • 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.

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Join the fight against poverty on February 19

PEEL REGION (February16, 2016) – On a cold winter night, committed residents across the region will try to make it through the 2nd Annual Longest Night in support of United Way of Peel Region’s homelessness strategy. With over 200,000 residents living in poverty the threat of homelessness is very real. The loss of a job, an unexpected illness or family breakdown can be the catalyst to many to lose their homes. Some families and individuals who lose their homes are turning to their cars for shelter.

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Agents of Change spend a cold night in their car to raise awareness about homelessness in Peel

PEEL REGION (February 20, 2016) – Last night in the dark and cold, over 60 Agents of Change from across Peel Region participated in United Way of Peel Region’s 2nd Annual Longest Night event to raise funds and awareness about homelessness in our community. This included community and government leaders, United Way Advisory Council members and people with lived experience. As the sun set and the temperature dipped, participants began preparing for this immersive experience. With over 200,000 residents living in poverty the threat of homeless is a very real and growing local issue.

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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - Call to Action: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

PEEL REGION (March 21, 2016) –  The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - Call to Action: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Every year, March 21 is celebrated around the world as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a day that marks the anniversary of the tragic events of Sharpeville, South Africa, when police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. Six years later, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21 an annual date for the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate racism in all its forms.

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United Way of Peel Region Congratulates Government on Investment in Housing, Homelessness, and Poverty Reduction

PEEL REGION (March 24, 2016) –  United Way of Peel Region is focused on supporting the economy and poverty reduction in our community. We do this through poverty reduction, prevention and supporting those who are impacted by it.

We are pleased that the federal budget responds to the core elements of United Way’s pre-budget recommendations to address poverty and expand opportunities for low-income Canadians.

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United Way of Peel Region Celebrates Community Achievement

MISSISSAUGA (March 4, 2016) – Over 550 people came together at the Mississauga Convention Centre to celebrate United Way’s Community Achievement.

Hosted by Jake Dheer, this year’s event used a talk show format where special guests like Karen Grant-Carter, Outreach Worker with Our Place Peel, shared their inspirational stories about the impact that United Way programs have made in Peel. Federal Member of Parliament for Brampton South, Sonia Sidhu and Anita Stellinga, Vice President, Community Investment with United Way of Peel Region joined the stage to discuss the importance of working together to ensure a better community for all.

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United Way of Peel Region invests in eight youth led initiatives

MISSISSAUGA (January 14, 2016) – On Thursday, surrounded by family and friends, eight groups comprised of young, entrepreneurial leaders were awarded a Youth in Action grant.

Shelley White, President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region was on hand for the cheque ceremony. “Since the program’s inception I continue to be astonished by the wonderful projects these young people put forward.”

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