United Way of Peel Region Shares 2016/17 Community Impact and Recognizes Outstanding Partners

PEEL REGION (June 27, 2017) – Over 200 community leaders gathered at the Courtyard by Marriott in Brampton for the announcement of United Way of Peel Region’s 2016/17 Community Impact. Sonia Boyle, Vice President, Human Resources at GE Canada delivered the keynote address, highlighting the importance of mental health in the workplace.

During the event, United Way released its annual Community Impact Report that highlights where donor dollars were strategically invested last year in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga to support those who are struggling.

The 2016/17 Community Impact report shows:

  • 96,675 individuals received the help they needed as they faced complex challenges including abuse, mental illness and social isolation.
  • 77,584 children and youth who accessed programs are on a path to succeed, now and in the future.
  • 30,205 people who are either experiencing or vulnerable to poverty were supported and empowered.
  • 204,464 lives impacted overall.

United Way of Peel Region also recognized outstanding partners and dedicated frontline social service staff at the meeting.

  •  United Way presented Suncor Energy and UPS Canada 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.
  •  Edna Toth 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. Edna is a tireless anti-poverty advocate. She is the founder and editor of Tough Times – a social justice newspaper for cash-poor people in Peel. She founded the Peel Poverty Action Group in 1997. She has been awarded the Mississauga Citizen of the Year, 2011, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She enrolled at University of Toronto - Mississauga, at age 75 and obtained a BA with Distinction in Women’s Studies and History. Edna is committed to building a better community – for everyone.
  •  The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards, made possible by the generous support of Madan and Raksha M. Bhayana and the Bhayana Family Foundation, are peer-nominated awards 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 list of winners includes:

  • Soma Banerjee – Malton Neighbourhood Services
  • Godwin Darkwah – Knights Table
  • Jesse Murray – Nexus Youth Services
  • Debra Langleben – Hope 24/7
  • Alisha Denonanan – Knights Table
  • Nirlep Gill – Punjabi Community Health Services
  • Sangeeta Rina – Malton Neighbourhood Services
  • Amelia Torres – Vita Centre
  • Raj Chandegra – United Way of Peel Region

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:

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