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United Way of Peel Region Celebrates Community Achievement

PEEL REGION (March 2, 2017) – Over 350 people came together at the Mississauga Convention Centre to celebrate United Way’s Community Achievement.

Hosted by Jam Gamble, this year’s event highlighted the significant contributions of United Way’s partners - corporate, government, labour, community groups, partner agencies and residents.

“We know donors have more giving choices than ever, we expected this year’s campaign to be a tough one when we kicked off back in September. But we also knew that our community and thousands of Peel’s residents were counting on us.” said Tom Dyck, Board Chair, United Way of Peel Region. “The community rallied - contributing over $11 million dollars to date - with funds continuing to come in. This has enabled the Board of Directors and United Way of Peel Region to maintain our funding commitments to our agency partners to support people who are vulnerable in our community.”

“Today, we celebrate all the possibility that was created thanks to your investment in change via United Way. Social change doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time and the mobilization of people like you.” said Anita Stellinga, Interim President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region to an enthusiastic crowd. “Your commitment to change allows us to create long term impact in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Together we:

  • Welcomed the opening of a new Youth Shelter in Brampton for up to 30 youth
  • Worked in three neighbourhoods to provide over 5,000 residents with increased access to services and supports within their neighbourhoods; reduce isolation; and provide safe spaces for children and youth to engage with each other
  • Worked with our Community Advisory Councils to raise awareness of the impact of racism on racialized and newcomer communities and address systemic barriers
  • Raised over $110,000 during the 3rd annual Longest Night Peel event to tackle homelessness in our region
  • Will maintain our funding to prevent poverty, reduce poverty and support those living in crisis”

“In a tough year our corporate partners doubled down on their efforts to support the community. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and look forward to next year’s campaign.” said Kris Smith, 2016 Campaign Chair and Executive Vice President, Downstream, Suncor Energy Inc.

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 in part by RBC Royal Bank.

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

Photos are available on Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unitedwaypeel/albums/72157680918895785

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