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.

“Today, we celebrate United Way’s community achievement.  This achievement is the result of the commitment of our donors, volunteers and staff. Today we celebrate the impact the community has made,” said Shelley White President and CEO. “Together we have:

  • Changed over 187,000 lives
  • Mobilized volunteers to  deliver over  4,000 pounds of food to food security organizations
  • Managed the distribution of over 10,000 kilos of donations for Syrian refugees settling in Peel
  • Projected to raise over $12 million by end of fiscal year (March 2016).“

“This achievement is more than a collection of donations of time, talent and money – we’re talking about possibility for all Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. It is people finding a warm place to sleep, enough to eat and a chance at a better future,” said Chuck Hounsell, 2015 Campaign Cabinet Chair and Senior Vice President, Payment TD Bank.

“Because of the work being celebrated today, we are building community supports to move the needle on poverty – reducing it, preventing it and supporting those in crisis right now. I’d like to say thank you to every volunteer who has helped make this campaign successful.” says John Russo, United Way of Peel Region Board Chair and Partner at Pallett Valo LLP.

At the celebration, United Way also presented the annual Spirit Awards (list attached) to organizations and individuals recognizing their efforts in the campaign and their volunteer work.

Funds raised by United Way are invested in a vital network of community agencies and collaborative partnerships. As a social change organization, strategic research and engagement continues to drive impact and address the root causes of poverty.

The event was sponsored by: TD Bank, Suncor, Payworks, RBC, Rogers TV and Metroland Media.

It’s not too late to donate. Get involved today. Every donation makes a difference. To invest in your community visit or call 905-602-3650.

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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:


Roy Saad | Manager, Stakeholder Engagement
416-356-6344 (mobile) | | @unitedwaypeel

2015 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:

Outstanding Agency Campaign Award

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

  • ACCES Employment
  • Brampton Multicultural Community Centre (BMC)
  • Caledon\Dufferin Victim Services
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Peel Branch
  • Family Services of Peel
  • Interim Place
  • John Howard Society of Peel, Halton and Dufferin
  • Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS)
  • Victim Services of Peel

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.

  • ·    Leoni Karunaratne

Labour Award of Distinction

This award is presented to workplace campaigns run jointly by union members and management that exemplify teamwork, leadership and community giving. It is awarded in both the private and public sector.

  • Eaton Industries (Peel) and USW Local 9042
  • ESAB Group Canada Inc. and USW Local 9042
  • FCA ( Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) – Brampton Assembly Plant and Unifor Local 1285
  • Regional Municipality of Peel and CUPE 966, OPSEU 277, OPSEU 280, UFCW 175 and ONA

 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.

  • Corporation of The City of Mississauga
  • Desjardins
  • Kimberly-Clark Inc.
  • Suncor Energy

Outstanding Corporate Campaign Award

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

  • Bell Canada
  • Mondelez Canada
  • Suncor Energy
  • TD Bank Group

Bank Branch Campaign of the Year

This award recognizes an exceptional workplace campaign at a bank branch in Peel.

  • BMO - Bramalea City Centre
  • BMO - Brampton Main
  • CIBC - Erin Mills Town Centre Banking Centre
  • CIBC - Hwy. #10 & Steeles Banking Centre
  • HSBC Bank Canada, The Chase Square Branch
  • RBC - Bramalea City Centre Branch
  • RBC - Dixie & Meyerside Branch
  • Scotiabank - Cottrelle & McVean Branch
  • Scotiabank - Square One Shopping Centre
  • TD - Creditview Branch
  • TD - Queen St S Branch

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.

  • Omari Campbell - ACCES Employment
  • Nelson Da Silva - Alcon Canada Inc.
  • Sean Beacom & Kelly Gabora - Canada Dry Mott’s Inc.
  • Wendy Law - Corporation of The City of Mississauga
  • Carol Francis and Marianne Morton - Desjardins
  • Anthony Samuels, Suzanne Cunanan, Bob Zebeski and Raheel Irfan - D+H
  • Smita Devane-Bhan - Express Scripts Canada
  • Cheryl Skalin - FCA ( Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)- Brampton Assembly Plant
  • Devon Thorne & Julia Shreve - General Mills Canada Corporation
  • Patricia Lonergan - Metroland South
  • Meredith Macwilliam & Shannon Giudici -Whirlpool Canada

Outstanding Employee Campaign Award

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

  • ACCES Employment
  • Alcon Canada Inc.
  • Celestica
  • Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited
  • Corporation of The City of Mississauga
  • D+H
  • Desjardins
  • Enersource Corporation
  • Express Scripts Canada
  • Kimberly-Clark Inc.
  • Metroland South
  • PLASP Child Care Services
  • RBC
  • Regional Municipality of Peel
  • Toromont Cat Power Systems
  • Whirlpool Canada