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An archive of the Way to Go! newsletters that were published in 2013.

December 2013

Way to Go! December 2013
NEWS FROM UNITED WAY OF PEEL REGION

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

As we head into the holiday season, I thank you for your support of United Way’s work in our community in 2013. Because of you, individuals and families who are vulnerable and struggling will be able to get the immediate support and services they need to turn their lives around. That’s the best gift of all.

On behalf of our United Way of Peel Region family, I wish you and yours the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year!

Shelley White
President & CEO
United Way of Peel Region

How do you experience the holidays?

Everyone experiences the holidays differently, but it’s known as the giving season for a reason. As much as it is a time for family and friends, it is also a time to be a part of community. Every day, one in seven people in Peel face poverty. Unfortunately those problems don’t go away when the calendar turns to December.  And for many, like Rose, the day-to-day struggle can look like this:

the 12 days of homelessness

 

On the first day of homelessness, my landlord gave to me
A sheriff’s seal to vacate the property

On the second day of homelessness, my employer gave to me
Two weeks’ notice of a down-sizing strategy

On the third day of homelessness, my bank gave to me
Three $42.50 insufficient funds fees

On the fourth day of homelessness, my doctor gave to me
Four Lorazepam to take starting immediately

On the fifth day of homelessness, my true love gave to me
Five reasons why he could not stay with me

On the sixth day of homelessness, my Employment Insurance gave to me
Nothing - Except a letter stating, ‘six weeks until we send any money’

On the seventh day of homelessness, my social worker gave to me
Seven bus tickets to travel on MiWay

On the eighth day of homelessness, my food bank gave to me
Something small to eat; that was my only meal for the day

On the ninth day of homelessness, my situation stayed the same
No nine lives. I feel like I had lost the game.

On the tenth day of homelessness, I was desperate
Couldn’t even afford to smoke a cigarette

On the eleventh day of homelessness, a message came to me
You are not alone. Pick up the phone.

On the twelfth day of homelessness, that voice I heard was me
Saying, “Don’t give up. The best is yet to come. Just wait and see”

By Rose Streete, a Peel resident who is passionate about issues affecting her community, wrote this powerful piece. Rose has moved from homeless to selling houses (and so much more) because of donors like you.

There are still carols to be sung and trees to trim. Our work is never done. So, join us by making a difference this holiday season – donate today and help bring the holidays home. Your gift will change a life.

Making progress on the issue of precarious employment

Earlier this year our United Way Toronto peers and McMaster University released It's More than Poverty: Employment Precarity and Household Well-being, a research report that dug deep into the issues related to precarious employment (temporary employment with no benefits, stability and often low-paying).

The report reveals that more than 40% of people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area – which includes Peel Region – are working in jobs with some degree of precarity.

United Way of Peel Region was invited to partner in this research project and specifically became a member of the research team examining the impact of precarious employment on specific neighbourhoods.

In addition to the analysis of data, the research involved a photovoice component which Ryerson University was involved in. Two neighbourhoods were selected in Peel for this research: Cooksville (low-income) in Mississauga and Springdale (middle-income) in Brampton. Nineteen participants were selected from the two neighbourhoods, were provided with a camera and were asked to take photographs to capture issues that are important to them and tell a story about these issues. The photographs were displayed as an exhibit at the Peel Poverty Conference in October 2013.

Consistent with the findings in the overall report, the findings in the Peel photovoice research indicate the rising concern of residents regarding the growing levels of precarious employment and its impact on livelihoods. This was expressed as challenges related to the following: labour market access and employment security; vulnerability to rising cost of living and income security; declining health status and levels of stress and frustration; food security; access to affordable and adequate housing in a relatively good condition, gentrification and its impact on affordability of housing and changing neighbourhood economy; and heightened risks to community safety.

Precarious employment is a big issue. This month, exciting progress was made with the announcement by the Ontario Government of new labour legislation that would protect precarious workers in our province.

Campaign Kudos!

  • …to our seven fabulous Loaned and Sponsored Representatives who worked on the 2013 campaign with us since September! Thank you to Edward Jones, UPS, Peel Regional Police Services and Region of Peel for your support of the program.
  • …to BMO for their successful Day of Caring at Caledon Community Services!
  • …to the staff and students at Claireville Public School for raising over $750!
  • …to CSA for increasing employee participation and overall contribution through their United Way campaign!
  • …to G&K Services for their workplace campaign!
  • …to Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Ltd. for their successful online auction and internal marathon event!
  • …to the students and teachers at Massey Street Public School for their super successful dance fundraiser!
  • …to Medtronic for kicking off their 2013 campaign with a pancake breakfast!
  • …to Parkholme School for raising $1,125!
  • ...to PCL Constructors and its employees for raising $475,000 – exceeding last year’s achievement by over $66,000!
  • …to Peel Elementary Teachers’ Local for donating $5,000 to the campaign!
  • …to employees at RBC who helped out at Vita Centre!
  • …to Rogers Communications for increasing their campaign by 16%!
  • …to Safe City Mississauga for their tasty bake sale fundraiser!
  • …to Symcor at the Tech Avenue location for doubling their participation rate!
  • …to Syncreon for increasing their campaign by 71%!
  • …to Target Canada for helping warm up young newcomers by packing winter kits!

Are you proud of your campaign? Want to be in Campaign Kudos or featured on our blog? Email tford@unitedwaypeel.org.

 

There is still time to give!

It is still possible to make a donation to United Way and receive a 2013 tax receipt, if dated and post-marked by December 31, 2013. Donations can be made online, by calling 905-602-3650, by mail to 90 Burnhamthorpe Rd., W., Suite 408, PO Box 58; Mississauga, ON L5B 3C3.

Your donation to United Way of Peel Region will be matched 100% by a generous donor effectively doubling your donation (up to $150,000)

 

Upcoming Events

2013 Community Achievement Celebration
February 6, 2014

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY - Thursday, February 6, 2014!

United Way’s 2013 Community Achievement Celebration

Come join us as we celebrate “A Fusion of Flavour” at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Each one of us have brought our flavour to the 2013 campaign to make great impact in our community!

 

Why do you give?

We'd love to hear why you give. Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or comment on our blog.

One randomly selected person will win a long-sleeved United Way t-shirt! The draw will take on December 30.

Click here to read about why Sven and Thomas give.

 

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November 2013

Way to Go! November 2013
NEWS FROM UNITED WAY OF PEEL REGION

From dealing and stealing to inspiring and learning: Wali’s story

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We can't wait to see these youth in action!

Discover Yourself, an initiative about celebrating multiculturalism, is one of 12 youth-led projects to receive a Youth in Action Grant for 2013-2014

When you give to United Way, you are supporting initiatives like the Youth in Action grants, which open doors and give youth opportunities.

The Youth in Action Grant, an initiative funded by the United Way of Peel Region, has awarded $15,000 in grant money to 12 youth-led initiatives that focus on addressing community issues in the Peel Region. The purpose of this Grant is to help motivate and encourage youth to take a leadership role in their community and inspire action and change. All applicants were between the ages of 14-24 and were awarded up to $2,000 to help fund their projects.

A total of 22 applications were received and 12 were chosen based on a number of criteria, one of which being the importance of the cause to youth in Peel. The MAD Scatter, for example, which received a $2,000 grant, is an interactive one-day event targeted towards creating mental health awareness amongst Peel youth. "Youth in Peel Region have the power to create real change," says Lauren Thompson, Lead of the Youth in Action committee and a member of United Way's Young Leaders Council executive. "They are true leaders in our community and they are eager to tackle issues within their communities and neighborhoods. We are really excited to provide these youth with the opportunity to explore their leadership and activism and to empower youth in Peel Region to be all they can be."

List of chosen youth-led initiatives:

  1. Sports Leadership Camp: A youth-led sports camp for kids
  2. Youth Fight for Food: A youth-led film project to discuss issues related to healthy eating and food security
  3. Girls Empowerment Movement (GEMs): A mentorship opportunity for young high school girls
  4. Women's Empowerment and Guys 101: An after-school event for students to discuss issues that affect them
  5. The MAD Scatter: An interactive one-day event to create awareness around mental health
  6. Project Inkwell: A one-day conference focused on using different art forms as a tool for social change
  7. Shoes to End Poverty (STEP): A youth-run non-profit organization that hopes to end poverty
  8. Project ONE: Operation INSPIRE: A basic urban/hip-hop dance project for the youth within the local community
  9. Positive Lifestyle in Active Youths (PLAY): Encourages members be an active participant in their community
  10. Theatre Fever: A student-produced play designed to build confidence and promote community awareness
  11. Discover Yourself: A conference and follow-up events focused on youth discovering cultural identity
  12. Anger to Artwork: A workshop series that helps students deal with issues of anger and stress through art

Campaign Kudos!

  • to ACCES Employment for a great music café
  • to BMO for a great kickoff to their employee giving campaign
  • to Canada Dry Mott’s for winning the President’s Cup for highest per capita campaign in the Dr Pepper Snapple Family!
  • to Chubb Edwards for more than doubling their campaign achievement from 2012!
  • to the City of Mississauga for exceeding their campaign goal
  • to Costco Warehouses for growing employee pledges in Peel by 17%
  • to Cushman & Wakefield on their very successful campaign led by Bill Cummings, Michael Hagerty and Clynn Miranda
  • to D+H Canada for their extraordinary campaign
  • to Dupont Pioneer for raising over $250,000 for United Way in 25 years
  • to General Mills Canada Corporation for blowing through their goal to raise $636,945 and stuffing a bus with clothing, coats, food, books, and craft supplies to support Peel families in need.
  • to Glenforest Secondary School and their United Way committee for a successful garage sale
  • to IMS Brogan for surpassing their campaign goal and over 70% participation
  • to Ingram Micro for exceeding their national campaign goal
  • to Massey Street public school for their United Way activities
  • to Mondelēz Canada for bringing joy to their employees and community with a successful campaign
  • to Parkholme School for their successful Parkholme Trio concert and Change 4 Change jar project
  • to PCL Constructors for launching a great campaign
  • to Peel Regional Police Services for their successful campaign
  • to Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services for raising over $2,000 for their first campaign
  • to Proctor & Gamble Wella Salon Professionals for hosting a successful sidewalk sale
  • to Regal Canada for surpassing their campaign goal
  • to Royal & SunAlliance Canada for their awesome carnival day
  • to Safe City Mississauga on a successful kickoff
  • to The Shopping Channel on their first-time United Way campaign which has already raised over $24,000
  • to Symcor for their great kick-off on Nov.25
  • to Target Canada Head Office for creating over 1,200 kids craft kits to benefit local Peel agencies
  • to TD Bank for launching an outstanding campaign
  • to Ultima foods braving a cold breezy day to hold a neighborhood barbeque
  • to University of Toronto Mississauga for its innovative fundraising ideas including pictures with Santa Saini,  and a bowlathon
  • to Victim Services of Peel for their successful walkathon  “Walk a Way from Violence with Victim Services of Peel”
  • to Whirlpool for an exceptional participation rate of 63%

Are you proud of your campaign? Want to be in Campaign Kudos or featured on our blog? Email tford@unitedwaypeel.org.

 

In the News

Congratulations, Shelley White!

The Mississauga News recently asked readers to vote in an online poll and select who they think are the city's most influential people. We are proud to announce Shelley White, United Way President and CEO, was voted by readers as the fourth most influential person in Mississauga.

To read Shelley's profile and see the entire top 10 list, go to The Mississauga News.

 

Racism: It’s time for a conversation

On November 20, 2013, The Mississauga News and Brampton Guardian began running a three-part series on racism in Peel Region. United Way was invited to help inform the series by bringing together experts and community members to editorial boards, and writing a guest column.

Read the stories here:

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday, February 6, 2014!

United Way’s 2013 Community Achievement Celebration

Come join us as we celebrate “A Fusion of Flavour” at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Each one of us have brought our flavour to the 2013 campaign to make great impact in our community!

 

Upcoming Events

Day of Caring
November 14, 2013
Registration opens October 7

Spirit Award nominations due
December 6, 2013


Upcoming Events

Be part of our blog!

We’d love to celebrate your support of United Way on our blog. If you or your organization would like to be featured, take photos or video of your campaign initiatives. Then tell us what you’re doing and why. Maybe one of these statements can help get you started:

  • “I/We give to United Way because...”
  • “I/We are building a great community for everyone by...”
  • “I/We volunteer for United Way because...”
  • “I/We are sparking change by...”

Send your submissions to your United Way contact or email us.

We’ll also be checking out Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for your postings to #UWPeelCandid.

 

 

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October 2013

Way to Go! October2013
NEWS FROM UNITED WAY OF PEEL REGION

 Why do you give?

This is why Tom supports United Way.

For some, this is a hard question to answer. But for Thomas Dyck, Executive Vice President, Branch Banking for TD Canada Trust, and United Way of Peel Region Board member, it was simple: “It’s a personal and moral obligation to give back to my community.”

“I recognize that I’ve been very fortunate, and that I was afforded opportunities that others were not,” says Dyck. “It was a community that gave me those opportunities, not just individuals – so I have a responsibility to give back to the community that helped to build me up.”

TD has had a long-standing relationship with United Way, partnering for over 50 years to help transform lives throughout Canada. In 2013, TD aims to raise more than $11 million from its employee giving campaign in Canada, and a further $3 million in the U.S. But for Dyck, the choice to support United Way stretched beyond this relationship.

“When I look at charities to support, it seems that I am often meeting the need of one person or solving a single issue. United Way is one of the only organizations that I know of that can rally the resources of an entire community to address systemic issues like poverty in Peel, attack the root causes and affect change for an entire region.”

“Supporting United Way gives me a meaningful way to engage and give back to my community – in parts of my community that I might not have thought of,” said Dyck. “No one does this as effectively as United Way, and that is why I give.”

 How your donation is invested

United Way of Peel Region takes great care in how your donor dollars are distributed. In the simplest terms, this is how our 2012/13 financial results and community investment of donor dollars break down:

How your donation is invested.

For further details, click here.

 Campaign Kudos!

  • ...to Bombardier Inc. for their third successful supply drive for those in need in our community!
  • ...to Brampton Mississauga District Labour Council for their commitment to social justice and helping create social change!
  • ...to Brampton Professional Fire Fighters Association for winning the Municipal Employees Softball Tournament
  • ...to Canada Dry Mott’s for blasting past their campaign goal of $65,000 and raising $85,000!
  • ...to E.I. DuPont Canada Company for surpassing their campaign goal of $100,000!
  • ...to GE Canada who’s in the final phase of their national campaign and commitment that “Together we build a Stronger Canada!”
  • ...to Hershey Canada for a successful Olympics-themed fundraiser that had teams working together to win points by volunteering and organizing events that would raise the most for their community.
  • ...to Hydro One for the most strategic campaign to put the fun back into fundraising
  • ...to Kimberly-Clark Corp. for being well on their way to achieving their goal and also donating much needed diapers & wipes to local young mothers in need!
  • ...to Mondelez for picking fresh apples and packing 2,000 snack-packs for youth programs throughout the community!
  • ...to the Peel Distrct School Board for launching their 2013 campaign and already raising $61,000!
  • ...to PepsiCo Foods and Beverages for kicking off exciting individual campaigns and hosting their very first “better together” joint event!
  • ...to the Region of Peel for another successful Run, Walk and Roll-a-thon!
  • ...to TD Bank for volunteering to help at Eden Food Bank as part of their campaign!
  • ...to Tormont CAT for running such a fun and exciting campaign
  • ...to our United Way team for raising $37,132 during their internal campaign!
  • ...to Whirlpool Canada for achieving 61% participation in their pledge card drive!

Are you proud of your campaign? Want to be in Campaign Kudos or featured on our blog? Email tford@unitedwaypeel.org.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE - Thursday, February 6, 2014!

United Way’s 2013 Community Achievement Celebration

Come join us as we celebrate “A Fusion of Flavour” at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Each one of us have brought our flavour to the 2013 campaign to make great impact in our community!

Don’t miss out on this event with great prizes, awesome entertainment and much more!

 

Upcoming Events

 

Day of Caring
November 14, 2013
Registration opens October 7

Spirit Award nominations due
December 6, 2013

Community Achievement Celebration
February 6, 2014


Upcoming Events

Be part of our blog!

We’d love to celebrate your support of United Way on our blog, unitedwaypeel.org/blog. If you or your organization would like to be featured, take photos or video of your campaign initiatives. Then tell us what you’re doing and why. Maybe one of these statements can help get you started:

  • “I/We give to United Way because...”
  • “I/We are building a great community for everyone by...”
  • “I/We volunteer for United Way because...”
  • “I/We are sparking change by...”

Send your submissions to your United Way contact or tford@unitedwaypeel.org.

We’ll also be checking out Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for your postings to #UWPeelCandid.

 

 

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September 2013

Way to Go! September 2013
NEWS FROM UNITED WAY OF PEEL REGION

 Local Results. In Your Neighbourhood.

Investments beyond the Community Fund

United Way of Peel Region’s annual fundraising campaign benefits the Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga in so many ways. We invest for impact, not only by funding social service agency programs within Peel – but also by building the community through the our Neighbourhood Development Grants.

Since 2007, over $1.1-million has been invested in 75 neighbourhood development projects.

This year, the Neighbourhood Development Grants will be taking a new approach as we pilot the Strong Neighbourhoods Project. This pilot will fund one project in a selected neighbourhood within each Peel municipality – Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

Poverty is connected to many complex social issues, and it is important to involve community members in the solutions to these problems. Aligned with United Way’s new investment strategy, the pilot will be led by agencies and community groups, through a resident-led approach based on collaborative planning and investment.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Development Grant/Strong Neighbourhoods Project funding opportunity, visit http://www.unitedwaypeel.org/act/neighbourhood-development-grants.

Proposals are due Friday, October 25, 2013.

To read our impact report, click here.

 Precarious Employment and Poverty in Southern Ontario

One of the photos featured at the exhibit, Wanted: A Full-time Job with Benefits.

One of the photos featured at the exhibit, Wanted: A Full-time Job with Benefits.

On September 14, the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) welcomed a brand new exhibit, Wanted: A Full-time Job with Benefits. This powerful exhibit explores how unstable employment affects people’s health, where and how they live, and the community. Photographs and personal stories show the challenges faced by many families living in Peel today.

Residents from two neighbourhoods, Cooksville in Mississauga and Springdale in Brampton, were recruited to take pictures in their neighbourhoods to show the impact that precarious employment has had on them or in their neighbourhoods. This photo-voice project funded by United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel successfully captures what poverty looks like in Peel – a problem that is very hard to see.

The full research report, It’s More Than Poverty: Employment Precarity and House-hold Well-being, was conducted by United Way Toronto and McMaster University.

If you want to learn more about these complex issues and take your first steps towards creating change in our community, we invite you to visit PAMA. The exhibit runs until October 27.

For more information please visit: pama.peelregion.ca

 Black Community Advisory Council empowers the next generation, “Our Youth, Our Future”

L to R: Chief Emmanuel Mbulu, Annia Mbula, Michelle Meredith and Senator Don Meredith.

L to R: Chief Emmanuel Mbulu, Annia Mbula, Michelle Meredith and Senator Don Meredith.

 

On Saturday, September 28 , United Way’s Black Community Advisory Council (BCAC) gathered over 250 attendees at the Garden Banquet and Convention Centre to celebrate and inspire Peel’s black youth at the 3rd annual Unity and Diversity Gala: Our Youth, Our Future. The evening was sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.

Hosted by comedian Jay Martin and his nephew, youth justice worker Paul Chapman, the evening was equal parts hilarious and thought-provoking.
“At its core, the BCAC is in the business of helping young people,” said Sophia Brown Ramsay, Council Chair . “We help young people wholeheartedly receive their voice, to believe in their talents, and to ultimately achieve their goal of becoming socially responsible members of our community!”

True to these values, the BCAC invited young entrepreneurs to be a part of the gala, giving them an opportunity to showcase their businesses and network with professionals across all sectors.


 Campaign Kudos!

  • …to Amgen Canada Inc. for launching their 2013 campaign. A special shout out to longstanding ECC, Natasha Bond for her leadership and support.
  • …to Hershey Canada for celebrating their birthday with a United Way-themed cake contest
  • …to ConAgra Foods Canada for launching their campaign and donating their time to help others
  • …to Canada Bread for their successful BBQ
  • …to E.I. DuPont Canada Company for their exciting and entertaining kick-off
  • …to Edward Jones Canada for surpassing their goal and raising over $270,000!
  • ..to GlaxoSmithKline Canada Inc. for sponsoring our 2013 Campaign Kick-off on September 13.
  • …to Target Canada for their donation of $130,000!
  • …to Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School board for kicking off their campaign on September 29 at the 26th annual Wilf Hartzenberg Walk/Run/Roll event.

Are you proud of your campaign? Share it with us. Email tford@unitedwaypeel.org.

 


Upcoming Events

Be part of our blog!

We’d love to celebrate your support of United Way on our blog, unitedwaypeel.org/blog. If you or your organization would like to be featured, take photos or video of your campaign initiatives. Then tell us what you’re doing and why. Maybe one of these statements can help get you started:

  • “I/We give to United Way because...”
  • “I/We are building a great community for everyone by...”
  • “I/We volunteer for United Way because...”
  • “I/We are sparking change by...”

Send your submissions to your United Way contact or tford@unitedwaypeel.org.

We’ll also be checking out Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for your postings to #UWPeelCandid.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Deadline for Youth in Action grant applications
October 11, 2013

 

Deadline for Neighbourhood Development grant applications
October 25, 2013

 

Region of Peel 5K Run, Walk and Roll
October 26, 2013

 

Day of Caring
November 14, 2013
Registration opens October 7

 

 

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August 2013

Way to Go!
NEWS FROM UNITED WAY OF PEEL REGION

 Youth Making a Difference

"I learned that it's not the outside that makes someone beautiful, it's the inside."

Shailly, 9, participated in an after-school “Girls Club” thanks to a 2012/13 United Way Youth in Action Grant. Through organized, weekly activities led by middle-school students, the young ladies were able to build their confidence and social skills. They also had the opportunity to discuss topics such as body image, making good choices, bullying and friendship in a safe and fun environment.

“I liked Girls Club because it taught us how to be proud of ourselves,” said Ravneet, 10. “It was very fun!”

Youth in Action grants are aimed at empowering youth ages 14 to 24 to become leaders. These projects build leadership skills and confidence in youth, while helping to improve neighbourhood life.

The Youth in Action grants are back for 2013/14, and United Way is looking for innovative projects that tackle youth-related issues in Peel. For more information, visit http://www.unitedwaypeel.org/act/youth-programs/youth-in-action-grants or contact Philip Manzano at pmanzano@unitedwaypeel.org or 905-602-3623.

The deadline to apply is October 11, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

 Local leaders. Local results.

Diane SaldanhaOur 2013 fundraising campaign is just around the corner. There is a lot of hard work ahead of us. But we have the right people in place to get the job done!


We at United Way of Peel Region are fortunate to work with great volunteers; people committed to raising the money needed to change lives for the better in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

We sincerely thank all of our passionate volunteers on the 2013 Campaign Cabinet:

  • Chair, Dale Storey, General Mills Canada Corporation
  • Vice Chair, Pamela Winsor, Medtronic of Canada Limited
  • Chair, Major Individual Giving Cabinet, Tom Dyck, TD Canada Trust
  • Andy Bayfield, Canada Dry Mott’s Inc. – Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  • Karen Burke, Amgen Canada Inc.
  • Judy Burns, Grand River Hospital
  • David Clement, Rapport Youth and Family Services
  • Cristina Falcone, UPS Canada
  • Brian Goldstine, Kimberly-Clark Inc.
  • Steve Hall, Regional Municipality of Peel
  • Kevin Hayes, Chrysler Canada Inc.
  • Stephen Haynes, Rogers
  • Edward Hoskins, Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
  • Irwin Nanda, Ontario Federation of Labour
  • Young Park, Davis + Henderson
  • Justine Reed, Edward Jones
  • Anne-Marie Renaud, PepsiCo Foods Canada
  • Dero Sabatini, TD Commercial Banking
  • Pamela Tomasevic, Peel District School Board
  • Shelley White, United Way of Peel Region

 Welcome to the family!

2013 Loaned Representatives

Pictured from left to right. Back row: Shibani Somani, Jennifer Guse, Jessica Newton, Sandy Yeung, Kres Zemljic, Amy Lill. Front row: Dawnette Moran and Rakesh Koshy.

In late August, United Way welcomed eight talented and energetic members to its campaign team.

Each year individuals are either loaned by their employer or sponsored by an organization to United Way for a 14-week period.

We sincerely thank the following companies for their support of this unique and vital program:
2013 Loaned Representative Sponsors: Edward Jones, UPS, Peel Regional Police Service, Region of Peel

Please join us in welcoming our loaned and sponsored representatives and wishing them great success for the 2013 Campaign.

 Be part of our “Souper” Campaign Kickoff!

2013 Loaned Representative Sponsors: Edward Jones, UPS, Peel Regional Police Service, Region of Peel

Stone Soup is a classic tale of the strength people have when they work together. We are embracing this concept and at United Way’s 2013 Kick-Off on September 13, we will be setting a record for the community that you need to be a part of!

Join us as we make the biggest pot of Stone Soup Peel has ever seen! There is still time to register and be part of an effort that will nourish our community through collection action.

Community members from across Peel will be chopping, dicing and prepping vegetables throughout the morning before they help us stir the pot. We will be kicking it up a notch at our kick-off and we would love to see you there.


Upcoming Events

Share your campaign photos with the world!

Tag images on twitter or instagram with #UWPeelCandid, post to our Facebook page, or email us at tford@unitedwaypeel.org

 

Upcoming Events

 

2013 Kick-off
September 13, 2013
Registration opens August 6

 

Unity in Diversity gala
September 28, 2013

 

Region of Peel 5K Run, Walk and Roll
October 26, 2013

 

Day of Caring
November 14, 2013
Registration opens October 7

 

 

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July 2013

Way to Go!
NEWS FROM UNITED WAY OF PEEL REGION

 Your donation at work

Megan preps vegetables at the community kitchenWith your past support of United Way of Peel Region, we helped develop a special pilot program – a Community Learning Kitchen at Eden Community Food Bank in Mississauga. This program included cooking classes and workshops for youth, seniors and people from all ages and backgrounds. They learned about balanced nutrition, and how fresh produce is grown – what we call ‘field to fork’ knowledge about healthy eating.

A young mother named Megan is one of our neighbours who was helped because of your support. Megan struggled to find a good job after the birth of her daughter. As a result, she relied on a food bank and other United Way funded programs.

Megan heard about our community kitchen and immediately got involved. She received the training and put her new skills to work. Megan learned how to put health and safety first in a bustling kitchen, and even became an expert at sharpening knives.

Your amazing support made this program possible. Your caring gifts inspire people like Megan to move from poverty to possibility. Thank you for your continued support which allows us to grow this program and many other innovative, holistic programs that get at the root causes of poverty in our community.

 Help us stir the pot

Stone Soup

The classic tale of Stone Soup tells the story of three hungry travelers who encourage an entire community to work together to make a feast fit for a king. It starts with water and a stone, and slowly the soup builds into a healthy and hearty meal with everyone contributing an important ingredient. Much more than a classic folk tale, Stone Soup is an inspirational story about the strength people possess when they work together.

United Way of Peel Region is the traveler. You are the community member that brings a vital ingredient to the mix. And the soup is the nourishment we produce together to create opportunities for a better quality of life for our friends and neighbours who are struggling.

Join us on Friday, September 13 to help us make the biggest pot of stone soup you can ever imagine. Come help us stir the pot and kickoff our 2013 Campaign!

Registration opens on August 6. Watch for your e-invitation.

 Shelley White thanks outgoing board chair, Shaila Mehta.    GE Canada receives a Thanks a Million award

Calling all runners, walkers, rollers!

The YLC wants you!

The Region of Peel is hosting its third annual 5k Run, Walk and Roll in support of United Way of Peel Region on Saturday, October 26th, people from all across Peel will be coming together to support our communities.

This one-of-a-kind community run boasts professional chip tracking, great prizes and many ways to get involved! Celebrate the season by running in costume and raising funds to support United Way. Make it a family event with the 1K Kid’s Course, or simply lace up for a fresh, autumn run!

The first 500 to register will receive a complimentary race shirt and swag bag, so be sure to register soon.

To register as an individual or with a team, visit: www.peel5k.com.

 

 

The YLC is looking to fill a few spots in the following committees:

GenNext Ambassador Network: Interested in joining a team that will launch a new exciting initiative within the Young Leaders Council? The GenNext Ambassador Network team is looking for passionate, working individuals to join in the planning and implementation of this new program within the Region of Peel.

Idea Forum: Have you ever wanted to be a part of something big? The Idea Forum committee will bring together youth from across Peel to organize a youth forum about the issues that matter to young people in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

To learn more about how you can get involved with either one of these committees, contact Jen Davis.

 

Upcoming Events

 

2013 Kick-off
September 13, 2013
Registration opens August 6

 

Unity in Diversity gala
September 28, 2013

 

Region of Peel 5K Run, Walk and Roll
October 26, 2013

 

Day of Caring
November 14, 2013
Registration opens October 7

 

 

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June 2013

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NEWS FROM UNITED WAY OF PEEL REGION

2012/13 Report to the Community

The places we'll go...

2012/13 Report to the Community

On behalf of our United Way of Peel Region family, I am pleased to share with you our 2012/13 annual report. This report is an acknowledgement of what WE have done together to improve people’s lives and build vibrant and safe communities in Missisauga, Brampton and Caledon.

Caring residents and public, private, not for profit, and labour sectors have come together with United Way to support the immediate needs of our vulnerable citizens while addressing the root causes of social issues to realize lasting change.

We are mobilizing our collective knowledge, skills and compassion to develop creative solutions to provide hope and opportunity to our friends, neighbours and family members who are struggling.

Together we are solving our communities’ most pressing social issues. We are creating pathways out of poverty. We are supporting children and youth to reach their potential. And we are building strong communities free from violence, eradicating the stigma of mental illness and supporting persons with disabilities to fully participate in society. These are complex issues that are best solved through collective action.

As you click through the interactive pages, you’ll discover how your investment of dollars, influence, time, knowledge and action in United Way of Peel Region makes a difference in the very place that you live and do business.

You’ll also get a glimpse into innovative initiatives and projects we are excited to be part of in 2013/14.

At United Way, we are committed to working closely and collaboratively with you to have a profound impact on the growth, development and success of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

We thank you for your commitment to United Way’s humanitarian efforts. We value your relationship with us immensely. We look forward to continuing our partnership to make a difference in people’s lives and our community.

Change starts here. Change starts with you.

Shelley White
President and CEO
United Way of Peel Region

 

  • Shelley White thanks outgoing board chair, Shaila Mehta.   GE Canada receives a Thanks a Million award

    New Chair and Board members elected at United Way AGM

    Thanks a Million GE Canada and PepsiCo Canada!

    More than 240 people attended United Way of Peel Region’s annual meeting on June 25.

    At the Board of Directors meeting immediately following the annual meeting, Judy Burns was appointed Board Chair following the completion of Shaila Mehta’s term.

    At its annual general meeting, United Way said thanks a million to two national campaign supporters with head offices in our region. GE Canada and PepsiCo Canada each raised more than $1-million in 2012 for the United Way movement across the country.

    Thanks a Million is an honour United Way Centraide Canada bestows on Canada’s leading organizations that, together with their employees or members, have raised $1-million or more in support of United Way Centraide in a campaign year.

 
 

 

Day of Caring sponsored by Mondelez
Over 400 donors and volunteers came together over two days for United Way of Peel Region’s 2013 Spring Day of Caring.™ Their mission: to invigorate green spaces in 12 neighbourhoods across Peel; those experiencing a growing concentration of poverty.

 

Upcoming Events
CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF
September 13, 2013
Details to come

Speakers Bureau Training
July 15, 2013

Speakers Bureau Training
July 24, 2013

Speakers Bureau: Returning Speakers Training
August 19, 2013

Speakers Bureau: Returning Speakers Training
Aug 26, 2013

 

 

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2013 Campaign Chair: Dale Storey

Extraordinary leadership from an extraordinary volunteer

Dale StoreyDale Storey, Vice President of General Mills Canada, has been a long-time supporter of United Way as both a donor and volunteer. He has helped the General Mills United Way Campaign become one of the highest per capita givers of any company in Canada, and the single largest gross contributor in Peel.

Dale will continue his strong support of United Way of Peel Region as the Chair of the 2013 annual fundraising campaign.

“Our United Way family is excited to have Dale Storey at the helm of our 2013 campaign,” says President and CEO Shelley White. “His enthusiasm, commitment and drive are contagious and can only mean bigger and better opportunities to inspire the people and businesses of Peel to give, volunteer and act to improve the lives of people struggling in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.”

“I am committed to creating greater awareness and engagement – to get people to see the challenges we have right here in our own backyard and demonstrate how their support of United Way will result in immediate and lasting solutions that tackle poverty on many fronts. We all need to come together to build a stronger community for everyone.”

Dale was born in Calgary, Alberta and moved to London, Ontario to attend the Richard Ivey Business School in 1992 where he graduated with an Honours Degree in Business Administration. Dale joined General Mills Canada in 1994 and advanced quickly to become Vice President in 2005. Dale has an extraordinary record of driving stellar results through game-changing innovation and marketing excellence.

 

Income disparity in Peel Region

In the three-part series published by The Toronto Star in April 2013, University of Toronto research has confirmed what many people living in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga face on a daily basis. Since 1980, the Region of Peel has increasingly moved from middle-class suburbia to income extremes, and that the region’s services for the poor are stretched to the limit.

Poverty is now a growing and persistent reality in our community. United Way of Peel Region's commitment to helping those who are struggling with poverty is stronger than ever.

This year marked United Way’s introduction of a new approach to investing the dollars generously donated by the people and companies of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Informed by extensive community consultations and research, we have sharpened our focus and have established priority goals with clear, measurable targets.

  • We are investing in individuals and families experiencing poverty.
  • We are investing in the children and youth of Peel to prevent poverty.
  • We are investing in individuals vulnerable to falling into poverty.

The release of the research on the income disparity in Peel confirms we are investing donor dollars where they are needed most and where they will be able to provide both immediate and lasting solutions for those struggling in our community.

That’s what you and the community expect of United Way of Peel Region and that’s what we are committed to delivering.

We invite you to visit to read the three-part series, to learn more about our work and to find out how you can give, volunteer and act to help address this issue in Peel.

  • April 6, 2013: Peel transformed from middle-class suburbia to income extremes
    New data reveal that income disparity in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon are on par with many major Canadian cities.
  • April 8, 2013: Peel Region a destination for immigrants, but jobs lacking
    Immigration has fuelled the rise of inequality in Peel Region, where one-third of newcomers live on a low income.
  • April 9, 2013: Peel Region services for poor stretched to limit
    Emergency social services, child care and affordable housing have not kept pace with the rise of low-income families in Peel Region.
  • Diversity Charter   Milestones of Labour Monument

    Fostering inclusiveness and equity in Peel

    Monument honours fallen workers

    Canada’s first-ever diversity and inclusion charter was unveiled last month. It was developed through extensive community consultation between Peel Newcomer Strategy Group and The Regional Diversity Roundtable. The Charter’s vision is an inclusive Peel Region that values, respects and embraces diversity and equality so that everyone can achieve their full potential. Click here to read the charter . Click here to read the backgrounder and guidelines.

    The Brampton– Mississauga and District Labour Council unveiled the Milestones of Labour Monument on the Day of Mourning: April 28, 2013. The Day of Mourning commemorates workers who were killed or injured on the job. The monument was designed by Toronto artists Sally Lawrence and Rob Moir. It is located at the Flower City Campus, 8870 McLaughlin Road Brampton. (South West corner of Queen St./McLaughlin Rd).

Events

 

 

United Way's AGM is on June 25. Click for more information.

 

Volunteers Needed
Are you thinking about getting more involved in your local community? Do you want to help bring positive change and impact the lives of those around you? Our Community Investment team is looking for volunteers to join the Community Investment Cabinet.

 

 

Registration now open for Day of Caring - May 23

United Way of Peel Region’s response to the 2013 Provincial Budget
United Way of Peel Region is encouraged to see some important social assistance reform, child benefit and youth employment investments in the 2013 provincial budget. These investments are the first step in the right direction to providing pathways out of poverty, improving people's lives and building stronger communities in Peel. Shelley White, President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region

 

 

 

 

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As a United Way of Peel Region volunteer, change starts with you.

Thank you for being a volunteer. Click for larger version.

Card design by Dennoi, age 7
Participant in United Way of Peel Region funded program

 

In honour of National Volunteer Week (April 21 – 27), we thank you for the valuable contribution you make to our community through your work with United Way. Your commitment of time and energy is improving the lives of the children and families of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga struggling in the face of poverty.

United Way volunteers recognized by Government of Ontario

On March 27, five United Way of Peel Region volunteers were honoured at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards. The awards recognize those who have shown outstanding commitment to an organization for continuous years of service.

United Way is very fortunate to have dedicated and passionate individuals serve with us. Our community is made up of caring people, and the five honorees are proof of that.

The honorees included:

  • Brian McDonald, Montship Inc., received the 10-year award for his work as a Cabinet Member.
  • Agnes Taylor, ESAB Customs & Traffic, received the 10-year award for her work as an Employee Campaign Chair.
  • Peter Robbins, Medtronic Ltd., received the 5-year award for his work as an Employee Campaign Chair.
  • Norma Trim, Region of Peel, received the 5-year award for her work as a United Way Board Member and Finance Committee Member.
  • Shivi Gill, a member of the Young Leaders Council, received the 2-year award for her work as a Youth in Action Committee Member.

For more information about the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards, visit: http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca

Allocations Committee volunteers make deep connection to their community through their work

Allocations Committee Volunteers

Just a few of the 29 volunteers who participated in the Community Investment Allocations process.

From January 21 to February 25, 2013, 29 volunteers contributed over 771 hours to the Community Investment Allocations process. This effort was coordinated by the Community Investment team at United Way of Peel Region. Talented individuals from all across Peel came together to lend their skills, expertise and commitment to this important process which collectively decided on the 91 programs being funded via the Community Fund and delivered by 54 agencies – 8 of which will be receiving funding for the first time.

“Beyond my expectations, my volunteer experience connected me deeply to the heart of the United Way organization. I learned about my community in a way that every United Way donor should experience at least once.” – Noreen, Community Investment Allocations Committee Member

Thank you!

For more information on volunteering opportunities with United Way of Peel Region, please contact Jen Davis at jdavis@unitedwaypeel.org.

Young Leaders Council

Day of Caring

Volunteer Opportunity!

May 23, 2013

Young Leaders Council is looking for dynamic new volunteers between the ages of 20-35 years of age. For more information please contact Jen Davis at jdavis@unitedwaypeel.org

 

 

REGISTER TODAY!

Find out more about this exciting opportunity to play a direct role in community building and learn more about how your contribution to United Way supports local neighbourhoods.

 

Events

 

 

Save the Date for the AGM on June 25, 2013. Click for more information.

 

Join United Way on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 for the 2013 Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

 

Registration now open for Day of Caring - May 23

 

 

 

 

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March 2013

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Peel Youth continue to amaze and impress!

Congratulations to Whiteoaks Public School on being awarded the Biggest Bucks Award in the elementary school category.
Congratulations to Whiteoaks Public School on being awarded the Biggest Bucks Award in the elementary school category.

 

On March 18 2013, United Way of Peel Region’s Young Leaders Council hosted the first annual Youth Spirit Awards at Mississauga’s Sheridan College. The event celebrated the generosity, creativity and teamwork displayed by Peel youth during the 2012 United Way fundraising campaign by handing out awards in four categories: Social Spirit, Helping Hands, Biggest Bucks and Uniquely Yours.

 “The students in this room have become leaders and impact makers,” says Shelley White, United Way of Peel Region president and CEO. “It is because of your efforts that we are able to create opportunities for a better life for everyone living in Peel.”

The event, sponsored by Sheridan College and Ultima Foods, was a great success. A total of 11 awards were given out to Peel elementary, secondary and post-secondary students whose fundraising initiatives generated a great amount of enthusiasm for youth engagement throughout the region. This event also marked a significant growth in student involvement for the campaign which only saw three schools receive Spirit Awards in 2011.

Students, parents and teachers came together to celebrate the achievements of our youth.  An inspirational performance by local youth poet Wali Shah, left everyone feeling inspired as they listened to his personal story of overcoming adversity to become a young leader. Everyone left feeling energized and looking forward to working together to continue to better our community of Peel Region.

The Youth Spirit Awards were put together by the Youth Campaign’s committee of the Young Leaders Council. The initial vision was to create an event where United Way could personally thank the youth in Peel. With hard work and creativity, the ceremony became larger than they had imagined and served to truly recognize Peel youth for their contributions to United Way’s mission of helping kids be all that they can be.

“This night is to celebrate you and your accomplishments,” says White. “But, let this be the beginning of your relationship with United Way of Peel Region – not an end.”

Congratulations to the 2012 Youth Spirit Award Winners:

Elementary

  • Helping Hands Award – Thorndale Public School
  • Biggest Bucks – Whiteoaks Public School
  • Uniquely Yours – Thorndale Public School

Secondary

  • Social Spirit – Glenforest Secondary School
  • Helping Hands – Bramalea Secondary School
  • Biggest Bucks – Glenforest Secondary School
  • Uniquely Yours – Glenforest Secondary School

Post-Secondary

  • Social Spirit – University of Toronto Mississauga Athletic Council (UTMAC)
  • Helping Hands – University of Toronto Mississauga Athletic Council (UTMAC)
  • Biggest Bucks – University of Toronto Mississauga Athletic Council (UTMAC)
  • Uniquely Yours –University of Toronto Mississauga Music Club (UMC)
The Young Leaders Council is a group of individuals aged 20-35 years old who are active and emerging leaders working together to promote the engagement of youth within Peel Region. They empower Peel's emerging leaders to strengthen the community.

Ania Kordiuk

Day of Caring

United Way welcomes new fundraising chief

Day of Caring

United Way of Peel Region is pleased to announce the appointment of Ania Kordiuk to the position of Chief Development Officer.

In her role, Ania will assume responsibility for the strategic vision and leadership of all fundraising functions, including the annual campaign, major individual giving, planned giving and special gift initiatives. She will also provide leadership to the resource development staff and volunteers.Ania is a veteran of Toronto’s non-profit and cultural community since 1987, continuously leading fundraising, marketing communications and service teams to success. She comes to United Way from the Royal Ontario Museum where she held a variety of senior roles for 18 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.

“I am delighted to join United Way of Peel Region. I look forward to building on the success of the fundraising portfolio and intend to diversify and deepen the relationship with our many partners, volunteers and donors. I am proud to be part of an organization that leads such positive change throughout the dynamic community of Peel.”

 

May 23, 2013

REGISTRATION OPENS ON APRIL 10!

Find out more about this exciting opportunity to play a direct role in community building and learn more about how your contribution to United Way supports local neighbourhoods.

 

EventsVisit the Young Leaders Council on Facebook to see photographs from the Youth Spirit Awards

 

 

Thank you to Bomardier for running a school supply and toiletry supply drive for children in Peel.

 

Join United Way on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 for the 2013 Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

 

Visit out Facebook page to see photographs from the South Asian Advisory Council's Apna Peel Gala

 

 

 

 

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February 2013

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You're all winners to us!

Congratulations to Whirlpool Canada LP on being awarded the Outstanding Employee Campaign Award in the category of 151-300 employees.
Congratulations to Whirlpool Canada LP on being awarded the Outstanding Employee Campaign Award in the category of 151-300 employees.

 

On February 7, 2013, more than 500 United Way supporters and volunteers cheered when it was announced their efforts had helped to raise $12,978,979 during the 2012 campaign. They weren't only celebrating the fundraising achievement, they were also celebrating the efforts of the hundreds of thousands individuals and organizations from Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga that made this possible.

“"You gave. You volunteered. You acted",” acknowledged United Way President and CEO Shelley White. "“Through your efforts you have inspired people to come together to make a lasting difference across our region. And for that, we are truly grateful.”"

Several organizations received the ultimate kudos from United Way of Peel Region and were presented with a Spirit Award. Spirit Awards recognize exceptional commitment, leadership and creativity. Award winners were selected in a blind judging process which included corporate, labour and United Way representatives not directly engaged in campaign accounts.

The following organizations received Spirit Awards:

Welcome to United Way Campaign Award
This award is presented to an organization that held its first United Way campaign and achieved excellent results. It recognizes new campaigns that have vitality, excitement, involvement and excellent communication. Workplaces that have not run a campaign in two years are also eligible. The 2012 winners are:

  • EcoMetrix
  • Mondelēz Canada
  • Target Canada

Outstanding Agency Campaign Award
This award is presented to agency employee campaigns that have remarkable participation and promote giving to the Community Fund. It is awarded to both funded and non-funded agencies. The 2012 winners are:

  • Rapport Youth & Family Services
  • Peel Children’s Centre

Outstanding Corporate Campaign Award
This award is presented to organizations that excel in the many areas of corporate support for United Way. The 2012 winners are:

  • Canada Dry Mott’s Inc.
  • Edward Jones
  • Medtronic of Canada Limited

Best National Campaign Award
This award is presented to an outstanding employee campaign that was conducted at multiple locations, including a site located outside of Peel Region. The 2012 winners are:

  • Hershey Canada Inc.
  • General Mills Canada Corporation

Leading the Way Campaign Award
The Leading the Way Award is presented to a team that organized an impressive Leadership Giving Campaign that motivated their peers to contribute personal gifts of $1,000 or more. The 2012 winner is Edward Jones.

Labour Award of Distinction
The Labour Award of Distinction is presented to a workplace and its union members that have demonstrated a commitment to community and to furthering the values shared by United Way and the Labour Movement. The 2012 winners are

  • ESAB Group Canada Inc. and United Steelworkers Local 9042
  • Chrysler Canada Inc. & Canadian Auto Workers Local 1285
  • Peel District School Board and Canadian Union of Public Employees Locals 1628 and 2544, Educational Resource Facilitators of Peel, Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, Media Support Specialists' Association, Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 283, Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation District 19

Speakers' Bureau Award
Antoinette Ellis is the recipient of the 2012 Speakers' Bureau Award. She was one of 56 inspiring individuals who shared their personal story with the community in order to generate a greater understand of United Way's impact. You can view a video of her story, here.

Employee Campaign Chair of the Year Award
The ECC of the Year award is presented to Employee Campaign Chairs who have run an inspirational campaign. Winning ECCs will have used creativity, enthusiasm, leadership skills and strategic thinking to run an exceptional campaign. The 2012 winners are:

  • Jaleh Pesaran, WorleyParsons
  • Ben Clozza, ARI Financial Services Inc.
  • Luke Allen and Tiffany Carver, General Mills Canada Corporation

Outstanding Employee Campaign
The Outstanding Employee Campaign Award is presented to organizations that organize and conduct extraordinary United Way campaigns and achieve exceptional results. The 2012 winners are:

  • Cushman & Wakefield Ltd.
  • Whirlpool Canada LP
  • Medtronic of Canada Limited

Congratulations to every award recipient. However, the real winner is our community. Thank you to each and every one of you for helping to make Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga better for everyone.

The following organizations were also nominated for Spirit Awards: Aimia Loyalty Marketing Services, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Peel, Central West Community Care Access Centre, Contract Pharmaceuticals Canada Limited., Crosby Canada & CAW 1285, E.I. dupont Canada Company, EllisDon Corporation, Express Scripts Canada, Family Services of Peel, Fielding Chemical Technologies Inc., GE Canada, Kimberly-Clark Inc., Montship Inc., Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Peel Regional Police Service, PepsiCo Beverages Canada, Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc., Ricoh Canada Inc., SimplexGrinnell, Suncor Energy, Town of Caledon, Trios College, Ultima Foods, Volunteer MBC.

Have Your Voice Heard

Apna Peel Gala

Join the Young Leaders Council for a community consultation on
Tuesday, March 5
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
United Way of Peel Region office
90 Burhamthorpe Rd W., suite 408
Mississauga, ON

March 2, 2013
6 p.m.
Sagan Banquet Hall
7180 Edwards Blvd.
Mississauga, ON

Tickets: $50 each

 

EventsThank you for making the 2012 campaign a success!

 

 

 

United Way honoured with Voluntary Sector Reporting Award nomination

United Way of Peel Region was one of three finalists among charities with revenues over $10-million in the annual Voluntary Sector Reporting Awards (VSRAs).

 

The VSRAs recognize best practices for financial reporting by registered charities that produce annual reports in Ontario. Organizations competed in categories based on revenue size with the winner in each category receiving $5,000. The award winners were announced at a luncheon in Toronto on February 15. Spinal Cord Injury Ontario was the winner in the revenues over $10-million category.

 

United Way of Peel Region is very proud to have received this recognition as it reflects United Way’s efforts to implement best practices regarding transparent and accountable reporting in our sector. Our efforts are a reflection of the work of United Way Canada and that of United Ways across the country, leading the sector on how we report to our communities.

 

“It’s an honour to have been nominated for this award,” said Shelley White, United Way’s President and CEO. “Our Board of Directors and staff take our financial reporting and transparency seriously in order to maintain the trust of the donors in our community. It is wonderful to have these efforts acknowledged.”
United Way’s annual report is available on our website at www.unitedwaypeel.org.

 

The VSRAs are presented by Queen's Centre for Governance, the Institute of Charted Accountants of Ontario, PwC and the National Post newspaper. The awards recognize excellence in financial reporting by registered charities. Award-winning annual reports are rated for their availability, clarity, user friendliness, accessibility, and overall storytelling impact.

 

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January 2013

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The Most Important Meal of the Day

Little girl eats breakfast

“Eating is, in most cultures, a social activity,” says Doris Nketia, program coordinator of the Malton-Ridgewood Breakfast Club and Rexwood Breakfast Program. “Students become more socially involved and benefit from having a sense of community and civic participation.”

The Malton-Ridgewood Breakfast Club and Rexwood Breakfast Program are two of the 20 Peel Region based projects awarded a Neighbourhood Development Grant funded jointly by United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel.

The programs, sponsored by Bramalea Community Health Centre, will ensure that youth in the community are healthy, active and ready to learn. Children in grades one through 12 will receive a healthy breakfast and learn how to make healthy choices through diet.

With more children and families signing up every day, the programs fill a community need and tackle serious issues in their neighbourhoods. Much more than just the first meal of the day, this popular breakfast program will provide families with the peace of mind that their children are gaining the nutrients they need to be successful both inside and out of the classroom. “I have seen firsthand how this project is needed in this community,” says Doris. “There are students who go to school without eating breakfast because their parents can’t afford it. This program has allowed them to have a free, healthy breakfast.”

United Way is committed to helping kids be all that they can be by funding programs like the Malton-Ridgewood Breakfast Club and Rexwood Breakfast Program. In addition to helping students succeed in the school environment, the programs build a spirit of community for all to take part in.

Neighbourhood Development grants were developed in 2007 to support the involvement of residents, community and grass-roots organizations in creating concepts and plans designed to strengthen their neighbourhoods.

“Research shows that when residents are engaged in where they live, communities are safer and more productive,” says United Way President and CEO Shelley White. Grants totaling $262,517 will fund resident-led projects across Brampton and Mississauga. The grants fund projects that empower residents to take leadership roles in developing programs and activities that enhance the quality of life in their neighbourhoods. United Way of Peel Region issues the grants and distributes them through several local registered charities that provide financial oversight to the projects.

Click here to read the media release.

Community Achievement Celebration

Apna Peel Gala 2013

Spirit Awards and Community Achievement Celebration

Apna Peel Gala

Thursday, February 7
5:30 - 9 p.m.
The Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON

Tickets: $70 CDN each

 

March 2, 2013
6 p.m.
Sagan Banquet Hall
7180 Edwards Blvd.
Mississauga, ON

Tickets: $50 each

 

 

Events
1 in 5 children in Peel live in poverty. Your donation makes a difference


Happy Chinese New Year!

 

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