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United Way of Peel Region Announces the Appointment of Anita Stellinga as Interim President and CEO

PEEL REGION (February 7, 2017) – United Way of Peel Region’s Board of Directors has appointed Anita Stellinga as Interim President and CEO to ensure a smooth transition while the Board conducts a search for a permanent President and CEO.

Anita began her career with United Way in 1995, progressed through various positions and was appointed Vice President, Community Investment in 2011.  She has also previously supported the organization in a transition role as the Interim Director of Resource Development in 2010. She will continue in her role as Vice-President, Community Investment.

“I am honoured to work alongside United Way of Peel Region’s dedicated volunteers, community partners and exceptional staff during this transition. I will work with my colleagues on the senior team to ensure the organization continues to meet the changing needs of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.” said Anita Stellinga, Interim President and CEO.  

Prior to joining United Way, Anita was a member of the senior management team of the Polycultural Immigrant Community Services organization. In this role, Anita founded the Sunshine Summer Day Camp in West Toronto, which provided summer camp opportunities to low-income families. She is a member of the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group, Co-Chair of The Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Group, member of the Mississauga Mayor’s Poverty and Homelessness Taskforce and of the United Ways of Ontario Provincial Public Policy Committee. 

“Anita is a pillar in the Peel Community who has over 20 years of United Way experience; she was a natural choice for the Board. Anita will work closely with the experienced executive team and dedicated staff at United Way to ensure it is business as usual.” said Tom Dyck, Chair, Board of Directors.

Anita holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She is fluent in Polish and Hindi and proud of her bi-racial background. She is also the Vice-Chair of STRIDE a mental health agency in Halton.

Anita will assume the role of Interim President & CEO on Monday, February 13, 2017.

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: www.unitedwaypeel.org.

Media contacts:

Roy Saad | Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Public Affairs
416-356-6344 (mobile) | rsaad@unitedwaypeel.org | @unitedwaypeel