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An archive of the Way to Go! newsletters that were published in 2017.

Issue 1

 
 
Issue 1, 2017 Way to Go!
 
Roy's Perspective #LongestNightPeel

Put yourself in their shoes

My alarm went off at 6:21 a.m. – just the same as every other morning – except this morning I woke up to a very cold room. I checked the thermostat and discovered that our house was 15 degrees. Feeling cranky, I investigated and found out that at some time during the night our furnace had stopped working.

Yes, it was inconvenient. Yes, it was cold. Yes, we were upset. And yes, we are still fortunate. We called in a technician and were back up and running by the evening.

This was an eye opening experience for me. Here I was complaining about waking up to a room that’s 15 degrees – meanwhile, there are families all over Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga that wake up in cars below zero.

I was reminded of the countless individuals that don’t have a warm place to sleep every night. The children who spend each night sleeping in oversized jackets, scarves and gloves, under many blankets and in a sleeping bag but they are still cold. This is happening in our community. There are cars parked overnight, often in the corner of strip plazas or in industrial areas.

With over 200,000 individuals struggling in our region this is an issue that many are surprised to hear exists. You don’t see homelessness here like you would in other parts of the GTA. But does it have to become something we see in our neighbourhood each day before we do something about it?

I’ve received countless calls and emails from individuals who are desperate for help and don’t know where else to turn. A few short weeks ago I spoke with a lady by the name of Linda* who after working hard for over 25 years had fallen on hard times and had nowhere to turn. “I never donated to United Way and now here I am asking United Way for help.” I was able to connect Linda to a number of United Way partners. Her appreciation was heartwarming she left me a voicemail “This is just a moment in time, I will get back on my feet and I will give back. I promise”.

Join United Way staff, supporters and champions on February 17th as they participate in the third annual The Longest Night event. This fundraising initiative invites individuals to spend the night in their cars to generate awareness and raise much needed funds to combat this issue. It’ll be uncomfortable, it’ll be cold and it’ll be eye-opening, you’ll wake up in a bad mood and sore but it’ll only be for one night.

If you can not sleep in your car lend us your voice, ask your elected officials what they are doing to eliminate poverty in your community. On February 17, join the conversation and tweet using #LongestNightPeel.

Everybody deserves a warm, safe place to sleep each night. Help us make that possible.

Written by Roy Saad
 
Join us on February 17 for #LongestNightPeel
 
Meet the #LongestNightPeel Champions
Although anyone can participate in #LongestNightPeel, a few high profile individuals in our community have signed up to participate in the event and lead the fundraising initiative. Learn more about the individuals who have committed to raise $5,000 through their personal and professional networks.
 
Join @unitedwaypeel for a #LongestNightPeel Tweet Chat on Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 from 7-8 pm
 

What does your donation look like?

Finding a healthy rhythm in life

What does your donation look like? Meet Clarke.
Clarke wanted to follow his passion. But, his family wasn’t sure if they could afford it. Find out how support like yours helped to change the tune.
Kerryn Graham wants the best for her children. But, as any parent knows, it can be hard to give your kids everything they need for a good start in life.

Studies show, for instance, that creative and recreational activities, after-school programs and summer camps greatly improve the academic performance, self-confidence and social skills of children. Unfortunately, many kids simply don’t have access to quality programs, which can negatively impact their well-being for the rest of their lives.

That’s why, with your generous support, United Way invests in programs that give kids in our community every chance to thrive.

For Kerryn’s 11-year-old son, Clarke, that brighter future comes, in part, from music lessons offered at a United Way agency, where he also attends an art and music camp. “I never thought I’d play the drums,” says Clarke of his new favourite activity.

Kerryn is equally thrilled, especially about the level of responsibility it has instilled in her son. “We’ve seen a lot of changes in him,” she says. “Playing music takes a lot of practice. He’s learned to be patient and not give up. He’s discovered a new sense of self-confidence, which will serve him well for the future.”

Experiences like this are just one of the reasons that supporting kids—educationally, creatively and socially—is at the heart of United Way’s community-building work, ensuring that no one gets left behind.

Clarke is just one example of this work. Proof that your support can help kids in our community find a positive rhythm in life.
 
Take a test drive today at Volvo of Mississauga and Volvo will donate to United Way.

Join United Way of Peel Region and the Black Community Advisory Council as we launch Black History Month with

  • Breakfast

  • Panel Discussion

  • Awards


The panel will involve an in depth examination of the state of affairs of the Black Community in Peel focused on a commitment to find tangible solutions and develop critical next steps in partnership

This is an opportunity to bring together voices from community leaders, business leaders and policy makers.

Following the breakfast buffet and the panel discussion, leaders within the Black community will be showcased and recognized with an awards ceremony.

This event is chaired by the Honourable Justice Donald McLeod.
  Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
  Networking: 9 - 9:30 a.m. .
  Breakfast and key panel discussion: 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  Awards Ceremony: 11-11:30 a.m.  
  Location: Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
90 Biscayne Crescent
Brampton, ON
 
  Tickets: $75 a ticket or
$750 for a table of 10
 
Click to reserve your spot
 
 
 
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Issue 2, 2017 Way to Go!
 

Over 140 people woke up alone, cold and grateful after participating in the Longest Night.

In empty parking lots and quiet streets across Peel on February 18, over 140 people woke up in their frozen cars feeling relieved that the night was over. They participated in United Way of Peel Region’s 3rd Annual Longest Night event to raise awareness and much needed funds for United Way’s homelessness strategy.

“This is my third time participating in this event and I can tell you it doesn’t get easier. The isolation, the fear, the cold it all adds up and truly makes it feel like the longest night in my life. To think we have people in our communities who experience this everyday motivates me to continue working with our partners like the Region of Peel to address this issue.” said Anita Stellinga, Interim President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region.

“Spending a night in your car is difficult and cold, but it’s a reality for many in our community. By taking part in United Way’s Longest Night challenge, I want to highlight this issue and help raise funds for those who have to choose between food and shelter.” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey, City of Brampton.

Social media was filled with stories of isolation, fear, disbelief and personal reflection as participants shared their experiences using #LongestNightPeel. The conversation carried many themes, including the recognition that participants had an option at any moment to go inside their homes. The event raised over $100,000. These funds will support United Way’s homelessness strategy.

A few high profile individuals in our community participated in the event and lead the fundraising initiative. Each of the following individuals committed to being Longest Night Champions
  • Mayor Linda Jeffrey, City of Brampton
  • Jeffrey Becker, Manager, Investment and Retirement Planning, RBC
  • Brad Butt, Director of Government Relations, Mississauga Board of Trade
  • Councillor Johanna Downey, Ward 2, Town of Caledon
  • Mayor Allan Thompson, Town of Caledon
  • Tom Dyck, Executive Vice President, TD Bank Financial Group (Retired)
  • Chief Jennifer Evans, Peel Regional Police
  • Chuck Hounsell, Senior Vice President of Payment, TD Bank
  • Farzana Jalal (Taiman)
  • Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and CFO, City of Mississauga
  • Bruce McCuaig, President and Chief Executive Officer, Metrolinx
  • Councillor Martin Medeiros, Councillor, Wards 3 and 4, City of Brampton
  • Loretta Phinney, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Loretta Phinney, Brokerage
  • Harry Schlange, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton
  • Kris Smith, Executive Vice President, Refining and Marketing, Suncor Energy
  • Samra Zafar, Commercial Account Manager, RBC Royal Bank

United Way would like to thank the following supporters for participating:
  • Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament, Brampton South
  • Ruby Sahota, Member of Parliament, Brampton North
  • Kamal Khera, Member of Parliament, Brampton West
  • Michelle Bilek, Member, Peel Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Region of Peel Staff & Executive Leadership Team
When Glen was homeless he slept in his car for many nights. In this video he reflects on that experience.
 

What does your donation look like?

More than just a home

What does your donation look like? Meet Maimoona.
At 19, Maimoona was living in a shelter. She left home after being abused. But with United Way’s help, she connected with a transitional housing program—the first step to a promising future.
Maimoona is only 22, but the struggles she’s faced extend far beyond her years. At just 19, she was homeless, afraid and completely hopeless.

“I was being physically and emotionally abused at home,” explains Maimoona. “My options were to either commit suicide or run away.”

So she packed the few belongings that could fit in her bag and left, uncertain of what the future held. For the next year and a half, she lived in eight shelters, never knowing if she’d have a safe place to stay for the night.

“Shelters don’t keep you for very long,” she says. “But with only $32 a week to live on, I had nowhere else to go."

Maimoona was one of the more than 28,500 individuals in Canada who experience homelessness on any given night. And it’s an issue that goes far beyond shelter alone. People who are homeless also face isolation, violence and limited or no access to much-needed health care.

In Maimoona’s case, she was battling a serious heart condition, and moving from shelter to shelter was making her sick. She was also struggling with depression and anxiety, choosing to self-harm to numb the pain she was experiencing.

“I remember crying myself to sleep every night,” she admits. “I just couldn’t take it anymore.”

Experiences like Maimoona’s are one of the reasons United Way not only addresses urgent and long-term housing needs, but also invests your gift in programs that reduce social isolation, promote mental health and encourage independent life skills.

Fortunately, Maimoona connected with one of United Way’s multi-service agencies that helped her deal with the many barriers she was facing. She accessed transitional housing—the crucial first step towards independence. She also received medical assistance for her heart condition and trauma counselling to help deal with the abuse she had endured. Most recently, she completed employment training, helping to put her on the path to a more promising future.

Today, Maimoona has a home, a job and a support system that feels like family. It’s stories just like hers that demonstrate how your gift fuels United Way’s work of helping people who are homeless at a time when they need it most.

“I don’t think I’d be alive today if not for this program,” she says. “My life got so much better. I may not have a family, but I have people who truly care about me. I am not alone.”
 

Join us as we celebrate our collective success and present the 2016 Spirit Awards!

  When: Thursday, March 2, 2017
11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - networking
12 p.m - 2:30 p.m.. - lunch and awards
  Where: Mississauga Convention Centre
75 Derry Road West, Mississauga
  Tickets $45 each or $450 for a table of 10
       
Ticket sales end on Tuesday, February 27!

#UWPRCAC
Click to reserve your seat today!
 

Anita Stellinga appointed as Interim President and CEO of United Way of Peel Region

Anita StellingaUnited 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.
 
 
 
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Issue 3, 2017 Way to Go!
 

United Way of Peel Region Celebrates Community Achievement

Over 350 people came together at the Mississauga Convention Centre on March 2 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 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. Click here to view photos.
2016 Highlights Video
Highlights from the 2016 campaign.
 

Roots, Commitment and Legacies:

Examining the state of affairs of the Black community in Peel

Highlights from the BCAC Breakfast Panel
 
On February 3, over 150 community leaders, policy makers, residents and business leaders joined United Way of Peel Region and its Black Community Advisory Council to launch Black History Month with an exciting event: Roots, Commitment and Legacies: Examining the state of affairs of the Black Community in Peel.

“This month marks 7 years since the establishment of the United Way of Peel Region’s Black Community Advisory Council. The council continues to live out its mandate to authentically engage the Black community in United Way’s mission and to ensure the representation of our voice in the work. February also marks Black History Month, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians” said Len Carby, Chair, of the Black Community Advisory Council.

Panel members spoke about the successes and challenges of the black community in Peel in the areas of education, child welfare, and policing. The panel included:
  • Kike Ojo – Project Manager for One Vision One Voice: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadian Families, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
  • Dr. Gale Solomon-Henry – Superintendent of Education, Peel District School Board
  • Lance Constantine – Author, Entrepreneur and Founder of “Speaker’s University”
  • Ohenewa Akuffo - Canadian Olympian, world medalist, wrestler, professional speaker and entrepreneur

Following the panel discussion, leaders within the Black Community were recognized with the Best in Community awards.

Youth Leadership Award
The Youth Leadership Award recognizes an emerging young leader from the Black Community who demonstrates outstanding civic leadership through unwavering loyalty and commitment to the success of Black youth in Peel. This award was generously sponsored by the TD Bank Group. Kerry Lloyd, a Brampton resident and graduate of Fletcher`s Meadow Secondary School was presented this award.

Leadership in Business Award
The Leadership in Business Award recognizes a business in the Black community that demonstrates outstanding civic and or philanthropic leadership through commitment to meeting a need in the Black community in Peel. This award was generously sponsored by the Chief Mbulu Family Foundation. Lloyd McDowell, owner of GEM’s House of Jerk Restaurants, GEM’s West Indian Groceries and GEM’s Meat Shop was presented this award.

Community Leadership Award
The Community Leadership Award is presented to an individual that demonstrates outstanding civic leadership through dedication to the success of the Black community using innovative approaches to meeting community needs locally in Peel. The recipient of the award was Abigail Hamilton, Executive Director of ResQ Youth International.

Click here for photos.
 

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United Way of Peel Region’s
Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

 
 
 
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Issue 4, 2017 Way to Go!
 

It's 2017. Why is there still stigma around mental illness?

Mental health seems to be the topic du jour. Earlier this month was Canadian Mental Health week. The United States considers May to be Mental Health month. The recent Netflix series, Thirteen Reasons Why, is being discussed in homes and classrooms around the world. And yet the stigma remains.

People struggle to share their experiences with mental health. It isn’t something to be ashamed of. After all – one in five will experience diagnosable mental health problems or illnesses in their lifetime. 70% of which will occur during childhood or adolescence. We all have been touched by mental illness. Mental illness is the second leading cause of disability and premature death among Canadians.

Mental health supports are critical to our community. If you have a heart attack, you get help. Shouldn’t that be in the case if you have crippling anxiety or are considering suicide? Of course, a person who is having a heart attack tends to get immediate help through emergency rooms and 9-1-1. Getting mental health support right now is more of a marathon than a sprint - wait times for mental health supports can take more than a year. We want to do more.

As part of United Way’s annual investment of over $7-million throughout Peel Region, $1.3-million supports critical mental health services to meet the growing need in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

“We know that mental illness is one of the key contributors to the cycle of poverty, and across the region we are seeing an increase in the demand for services. This continued funding earmarked for mental health supports is part of the larger investments we make on an annual basis to support those in crisis.” Said Anita Stellinga, Interim President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region. “United Way continues to work with our partners in Education, Government, Police, Labour and the community to address issues of mental illness and stigma in Peel.”

What can you do? Write to your Member of Parliament. Speak out on social media. Share your personal experiences with mental illness. Be there for others. Donate so that wait times can be eliminated. It’s time that we end the stigma and secrecy around mental health and make it easier for people to get help when and where they need it.
 
United Way of Peel Region was incorporated almost 50 years ago. Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga have changed significantly in this time. We would appreciate it if you could take the time and share reflections on the change you have seen in this community over the years – especially the changes you have seen driven by United Way. We will be highlighting these over the next year and would love to include your thoughts.

Not sure what to say? Here are some starting points you can use:
  • What does United Way mean to you?
  • Why do you support United Way?
  • How has Peel improved over the years?
  • What does our community need to work on?
Our just give us a couple of points and we’ll write something for you to approve.

To be considered for inclusion in the print edition of the 2016/17 Impact Report, please send your comments to tford@unitedwaypeel.org by Monday, May 29. Thank you!
 
United Way of Peel Region Annual General Meeting | Tuesday, June 27, 2017 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Complimentary continental breakfast  Courtyard by Marriot 90 Biscayne Crescent Brampton, ON. Register today at unitedwaypeel.org/agm
 
UPS Plane Pull for United Way. Saturday, June 24, 2017. Registration is now open! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to pull a UPS cargo plane on the runway of Canada’s largest airport! Limited sign ups available.
 
Ramadan Mubarak
 
Gift of Healthy Food
Ayesha’s family has been struggling to make ends meet. Her parents each work two part-time jobs but there just isn’t enough money to cover the basic necessities like food and rent. You can provide her family with a week of healthy, halal food.

Your gift of $50 will give a family food for a week. Click here to purchase this gift.
 
Gift of Iftar
Naveed lives in subsidized housing. Both his parents work two jobs and struggle to pay rent and provide food for Naveed and his sister, Zara. You can provide Naveed and Zara with access to a breakfast club for one month. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and skipping breakfast has a negative affect on performance at school.

Your gift of $150 will give a family dinner for one month. Click here to purchase this gift.
 
Gift of Friendship
Maisa is 88-years old. She lives alone in her home and lives for her daughter’s monthly visits. Since her husband died, she hasn’t been doing much – just watching television. You can give her a reason to socialize. With your support Maisa will be able to attend a monthly program that provides nutritious meals and wellness activities.

Your gift of $250 will give an isolated senior access to company and nutritious meals. Click here to purchase this gift.
 
 
 
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How many lives did your donation impact last year?

We held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, where we talked about how your donation was invested in the past year. Read on to find out how you created possibility in 2016/17!

We invest your donation in frontline programming. But what does that mean? Your donation went towards:
  • supporting residents with mental illness and disabilities.
  • a homelessness prevention strategy that incorporates crisis intervention, transition, and prevention plans.
  • programs for children and youth in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

You supported all of this frontline programming – and so much more.

“Our priority on poverty reduction and creating local solutions remains steadfast and strong,” said Anita Stellinga, United Way of Peel Region Interim President and CEO. “Our work needs to continue full steam ahead with greater urgency so that everyone in Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga has enough to eat, a safe place to sleep, and a chance at a better future.”

Our 2016/17 Community Impact Report showed just how much your donation matters in Peel Region, and just how much more work remains.

Check it out:
  • The total number of lives impacted by United Way funded programs in 2016/17 was 204,464.
  • 30,205 people who are either experiencing or vulnerable to poverty were supported and empowered.
  • 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 were placed on a path to succeed in school and life, now and in the future.

You’ve made a huge impact on our community this year.

“Everyone deserves a chance at a better future. That is the basis of every decision we make,” said Stellinga. “Together we will continue to strengthen neighbourhoods, move people from poverty to possibility, and ensure that all kids are all that they can be – together we are possibility.”
Click here to read the 2016/17 Impact Report
 

Celebrating Staff and Funded Agencies with the Bhayana Family Foundation Awards

Our staff and funded agencies are awesome! They do extraordinary work that makes Peel Region a better place.

Every year, we celebrate staff and funded agency contributions to United Way of Peel Region with the Bhayana Family Foundation Awards. The awards ceremony took place at our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

“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 our funded agencies,” said Anita Stellinga, United Way of Peel Region Interim President and CEO.

It's only fitting that the most dedicated, the best leaders, the most innovative and creative people from our agencies get these awards.

If you were wondering how we judge the winners, we use a blind and unbiased judging process, where a review committee of six people, including United Way volunteers and donors, review the nominations.

So, who won this year?

Dedication Award:
  • Soma Banerjee from Malton Neighbourhood Services
  • Godwin Darkwah from Knights Table
  • Jesse Murray from Nexus Youth Services
  • Raj Chandegra from United Way of Peel Region
Leadership Award:
  • Sangeeta Raina from Malton Neighbourhood Services
  • Amelia Torres from Vita Centre
Innovation and Creativity Award:
  • Debra Langleben from Hope 24/7
  • Alisha Denonanan from Knights Table
  • Nirlep Gill from Punjabi Community Health Services
Congratulations to all of the winners!

The Awards are made possible thanks to a generous donation from Raksha M. Bhayana and the Bhayana Family Foundation. As a former member of United Way Toronto’s Board of Trustees, Raksha is a dedicated community volunteer and a passionate champion for the recognition of frontline workers who make a difference in the community every day.

On behalf of the United Way family we would like to express our admiration and gratitude to Madan and Raksha and the Bhayana Family Foundation.
 
2017 kick-off - September 15, 2017. Registration opens July 10, 2017
 
 
 
 
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What does your donation look like?

It looks like confidence. It looks like Alasdair.

A good meal has real power. It can bring people together, conjure happy memories and even, as it was for Alasdair, empower people to change their lives.

Alasdair has worked in the food and hospitality industry for much of his life. So when he lost his job as a server due to an alcohol addiction, worries about where his next meal would come weren’t far from his mind. In fact, they became a daily and stressful reality. “For a while, money was really tight,” says Alasdair. “But then it got to a point where I couldn’t even afford food.”

Like many people living in poverty, Alasdair felt helpless and afraid for the future. “I was lost and I didn’t know what was going on. My self-esteem was completely shot.”

But sometimes, help can come in unexpected ways. It was during a walk though his local neighbourhood that he decided to stop by an agency supported by United Way. There, he connected with a community meal program that offers people living in poverty two nutritious meals a day.

Those first meals inspired Alasdair to keep coming back. Soon, he began using other services offered at the agency, including a weekly art program that allowed him to rediscover his childhood love of drawing. He also started to make friends at the centre. Gradually, his confidence grew and an opportunity to volunteer in the kitchen came knocking.

“I knew my way around a kitchen because I had worked at restaurants my whole life,” he says. “I was so grateful for the food, so I thought the least I could do was help out. I started feeling better right away. Volunteering showed me that I could improve my situation and give back at the same time.”

With his newfound confidence and improved skills, Alasdair recently landed a job as a custodian at a local community centre. But despite a busy full-time schedule, he still volunteers because he understands just how life-changing healthy meals served with compassion can be. “For people living in poverty, including those struggling with mental health issues or homelessness, a healthy meal is really important to their well-being,” he says. “But sharing a meal means a lot, too. It makes people feel better about themselves—and it builds a real community.”

Together, we are possibility.

 
Kick-off, Kick-off, Kick-off! You’ve probably retweeted and liked our shameless social media promotion, and perhaps you’ve already sent us your RSVP, but you might still be wondering - what exactly is Kick-off all about?

Well, a lot can happen in a year. Last year, because of you, our agency partners, donors, and volunteers, 204,464 lives across Peel Region were impacted. This year, on September 15, at 9 a.m. at Century Gardens Recreation Centre in Brampton, we’re celebrating you and the work you do. Come together with your colleagues to officially kick off yours and all of the other workplace campaigns across the region that make that kind of impact possible.

You inspire others by running fundraising campaigns. At Kick-off, let us inspire you to go big and bold with your efforts to make our community a better place by giving, acting, and volunteering in Peel Region, and encouraging your coworkers to do the same.

You can create possibility where you live and work. You can empower your colleagues to make everyone’s lives better in Peel Region. And, together, we can kick-off what’s bound to be a spectacular 2017 campaign.
Register today!
 

Your donation in action

Spotlight on Brampton Multicultural Community Centre

Mental health, youth programming, and newcomer support services - this resilient agency ensures that newcomers to Peel don’t give up, no matter what they’re going through. They’ve been around since 1987, aiming to connect newcomers to the best possible future right here in Peel Region.

Brampton Multicultural Community Centre supports newcomers dealing with daily stresses, and ultimately, helps anyone new to Peel Region feel at home here. They’ve dealt with some tough situations, so they really know their stuff.

Click here to read the full article.
 

Keys to Success -
Network with the Industry's best!

Join us for the 2017 Employee Campaign Chair Training

Get ready for a fun, fast-paced two-hour training session that will help you build a winning United Way campaign! We encourage you to bring a colleague or co-chair.

Whether you’re a new or returning campaign chair, you are sure to hear lots of new ideas from other successful campaigns.
Join us on September 12 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Toronmont CAT - 268 Orenda Road
Brampton, Ontario L6T1E9
Reserve your spot today!
 
 
 
 
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Campaign Kicks Off

United Way of Peel Region Launches its Annual Campaign

On Friday morning,United Way of Peel Region kicked off its annual workplace fundraising campaign at the Century Gardens Community Centre in Brampton.

Over 200 community members joined Kris Smith, 2017 Campaign Chair and Executive Vice President, Downstream, Suncor Energy, Bruce McCuaig, Board Vice Chair and Executive Advisor at the Privy Council Office, and Anita Stellinga, Interim President and CEO at United Way of Peel Region at the breakfast rally.

“We need to talk about the difficult stuff. Poverty – hunger, lack of shelter, anxiety. Tough, real issues that people, right here, in Peel face every day. We can show just how much we care about one another by supporting programs in our community that are working towards United Way’s mission to reduce poverty and support people living in crisis right now,” said Kris Smith, 2017 Campaign Chair. “Last year, together we impacted the lives of over 200,000 people across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. This year, we want to do even more. Scratch that. This year we need to do even more.”

Lisa Clarke shared her personal struggle with mental illness with the crowd. Her inspirational speech showcased a few of the local supports United Way funds to help individuals and their families cope with mental health challenges.
Lisa
Lisa shared her mental health journey at the 2017 Kick-off.
“When you give to United Way, you’re helping people get access to the supports they need and that are right for them – you’re supporting people in crisis right now. Your donation is life-changing,” said Anita Stellinga, Interim President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region. “When you give to United Way, you’re pulling someone to the safe side of a ledge. You’re reaching out your hands and offering your support. In order to be a strong, healthy community, we all need to support one another – individually and as a whole.”

Although the event touched on some of the issues affecting our community right now – such as the 235,000 people currently struggling with basic needs like food, housing, and transportation - the atmosphere was one of hope and positivity.

Community members were joined by Lindsay Zier-Vogel of the Love Lettering project, which has had significant coverage on CTV and Global Television. Attendees wrote short love letters to Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga, reminding people why Peel is an amazing place to live, work, and play. The letters will be shared throughout the next few months across the community.

Everyone was challenged to complete random #actsofpossibility across the community – holding doors open for people, volunteering, and sending thank you letters, for instance – to create impact and possibility in Peel Region every day.

Possibility shone among the crowd throughout the morning, and the community was called on to dig deep, and share their experiences with people throughout the remainder of the year.

Creating possibility is part of United Way’s mission to eradicate poverty in Peel Region by preventing poverty, reducing poverty, and supporting people living in crisis right now.

The kick off event was generously sponsored by Suncor Energy. The venue was sponsored by the City of Brampton. Breakfast was provided by Marc’s and Daniel’s No Frills, COBS Bread Highway 10 and Eglinton, COBS Bread at Meadowvale Town Centre and COBS Bread Highway 10 and Erin Mills Parkway.
See all the pictures from Kick-off
 
by Anita Stellinga

Discrimination. Family breakdown. Family violence. Loss of employment. Isolation. Mental illness. Have you experienced any of these?

If you have, you’re not alone. Through research and best practice, we know that these issues are the beginning of a long list of the root causes of poverty in Peel Region.

Whether you see it or not, there is poverty in Peel Region. But just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. In fact, 235,000 people in Peel Region struggle with basic needs like food, housing, and transportation. Poverty can’t be ignored.

The 50 per cent of people one pay cheque from a financial crisis can’t be ignored.

The one in five children who live in poverty can’t be ignored.

The fact that Peel’s poverty rate at 17 per cent is higher than both the provincial poverty rate (15 per cent) and the national poverty rate (14 per cent) can’t be ignored.

The truth is, people right here in Peel Region are having a hard time securing a safe, warm place to sleep, enough food to eat, and even transportation to work or school. These are things that everyone should have access to and yet many people, here in Peel, are struggling.

Imagine: a man who is working three part-time jobs just trying to make ends meet. He’s sleeping in his car because he can’t afford an apartment. He’s going days without food so he can try and save up for first and last month’s rent. He feels isolated and alone — stuck in a cycle of hunger and sleeplessness. He’s sad, he’s embarrassed, and he has no idea where to turn. He could be anyone.

That’s where your donation comes in – you have the power to break the cycle of poverty! At United Way of Peel Region, we have a mission in mind – with your help, we can eradicate poverty in Peel Region.

Poverty looks like a lot of things, and it’s different for every single one of the 235,000 people who struggle with basic needs in Peel, but it’s important to remember that poverty is no one’s fault. There are real people with real stories behind that massive number, there are root causes to poverty, and we are all vulnerable to falling into its vicious cycle of cause and effect.

Your donation to United Way of Peel Region advocates for every senior, child, adolescent, adult, man, woman, boy, girl, and really, every single human being in our community. Your donation to United Way of Peel Region helps ensure that every single person in our community feels like they belong and knows that they are supported. Your donation to United Way of Peel Region helps break the cycle of poverty.

At United Way of Peel Region, we identify areas of need in your community and use your donation to target them. Your donation funds programs in agencies in your neighbourhood that help people get off their feet and find health and happiness – through shelter and food security. But as our community grows, the need for those crucial services also expands, and it’s clear that we need to go bigger, better, and bolder with our strategy. You are essential in making that happen. Your donation truly makes a difference.

You are the key to eliminating poverty in Peel within our lifetime. Together, we can reduce poverty, prevent poverty, and support people living in crisis right now.

Together, we can break the cycle of poverty.

United Way of Peel Region brings together people from across the region to drive social change in our neighbourhoods. By giving, volunteering and acting, leaders like you are making a lasting difference.


What can you do?


Give:
  • Make a donation at unitedwaypeel.org or call 905-602-3650. Every contribution - big or small - helps move people from poverty to possibility, helps kids thrive and builds strong communities.
Volunteer: Act:
  • Ask your local representatives at the federal, provincial and municipal level to support United Way’s mission to end poverty in our community.

Together, we have accomplished so much. Thanks to you, 204,464 lives were impacted in Peel Region in the past year.

Together, we can make it so that every single person in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga has the opportunity to thrive. Together, we will eradicate poverty in Peel within our lifetime.

Together, we are possibility.

Anita Stellinga is the Interim President and CEO at United Way of Peel Region.
 
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Day of Caring is October 5, 2017
 
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Issue 8

 
Issue 8, 2017 Way to Go!
 

What does your donation look like?

It looks like ambition. It looks like Shayan.

Your donation looks like... AMBITION
A strong network is key to building a career in Canada, as Shayan discovered during his job hunt. Luckily, United Way donors like you were there to help.
Shayan didn’t come to Canada expecting to be handed a job. “I had in the back of my mind that it’s a really difficult job market here,” he says. But starting his career in Canada turned out to be even harder than expected. “I started applying for jobs, putting out résumés and always getting that same email saying, ‘You have potential, but unfortunately...’”

With a degree in economics from a respected university in Pakistan, he’d hoped he’d have a shot at jobs in his chosen field. But no one here had heard of his school, and he had no Canadian work experience. And, like many newcomers, Shayan’s professional networks in his new home were thin. After seeking asylum in Canada as a refugee, for the first time ever, he also found himself alone in a new country.

As the rejections mounted, so did Shayan’s despair. “As time passed, I started feeling depressed that there weren’t many opportunities,” he says. But then he heard about a United Way agency that provides employment, educational and settlement supports to a variety of immigrant communities, including newcomers like Shayan. “It was my only hope,” he says.

At the agency, a youth mentoring coach told him that in order to land a job in his field, he needed to start making connections. She recommended a United Way funded program, which would help him build a better résumé, do practice interviews and, most importantly, meet contacts at job fairs and networking events. Shayan threw himself into the workshops and beefed up his job-hunting skills. He made friends, met potential employers and—to his delight—landed a position in his field just two months after his first meeting at the agency.

Instead of getting up late and reading rejection emails, Shayan now spends his days working as a contact centre service representative, helping bank clients sort out credit card issues. He’s certain that netWORKS made the difference in his job search, and is grateful for the help he got from agency staff.

So what’s next? Shayan is aiming high. After a couple of years in his current job, he’d like to apply for a financial analyst position. Then he’ll shoot for his dream gig: an economist at the Bank of Canada. And he’ll use his new connections to help make that dream a reality. “What I learned from this experience is that any connection can be helpful, and with the right contacts, you’ll find opportunities.”

Together, we are possibility.
 

Campaign Highlights

Spotlight on Suncor

Suncor Energy runs the largest workplace campaign in Peel Region and is a perennial recipient of the Thanks A Million award for raising well over a million dollars for United Ways across Ontario! From the Executive Team to Employees, Suncor is committed to United Way — for the second year, Kris Smith, Executive Vice-President, Downstream is the Chair of United Way of Peel Region’s Campaign Cabinet. Executive Sponsor Maureen Lucas has motivated her team to create a campaign that highlights the needs in Peel Region. Campaign co-chairs Mya Imtiaz and Mike Quinlan have done an outstanding job leading a best practice campaign, from engaging the leadership team and hosting leadership donor events, to ensuring all employees are engaged during the pledge period, all while creating lots of fun events for Suncor employees. Last year, Suncor took home United Way Spirit Awards for their leadership campaign and their third consecutive Outstanding Corporate Campaign award. Will they manage a “4-peat” in 2017? Find out at our Community Achievement Celebration in March!
 “Supporting United Way is the most effective way to make the highest impact on the lives of others in our community. It provides opportunities for individuals to connect and support others” 

—Kris Smith, Executive Vice-President, Downstream, Suncor
 

Spotlight on Pepsi

A long-time supporter of United Way, PepsiCo Canada always kicks off their campaign with great energy! In addition to running one of the top campaigns, for many years they’ve provided a Leadership Matching Grant to inspire giving at the leadership level — not just from PepsiCo employees, but from people all across Peel Region. Employee Campaign Chairs Andrea Houstan and Samantha Satish (PepsiCo Beverages), and Julie Ann Matthews and Gaby Alanes (PepsiCo Foods) champion United Way with great dedication, organizing a fun and engaging campaign and are committed to creating awareness of the needs in Peel. This year, PepsiCo’s leadership team took a Community Bus Tour with United Way, visiting several neighbourhoods and agencies who form the network of support in our community. It was a unique opportunity to see what the needs are, where they exist, and highlight how agencies work together to help their clients.  
 “Thank you for your time and the idea of giving our team an immersive experience.  This had a profound impact on me and my team and we greatly appreciate it.”  —Jason McDonell, President, PepsiCo Foods
 

United Way of Peel votes in favour
of Toronto, York merger

The United Way of Peel has voted in favour of a merger with United Way Toronto & York Region on Thursday, Oct. 26.

It was approved by United Way Peel members, who voted 65-1 in favour of the merger.

Anita Stellinga, Interim President and CEO of United Way of Peel, told The News that having two groups work as one will help with United Way’s intention and objective of maintaining their investments to their agencies.

“The reason we’re doing this is to scale up our fundraising capacity so we can invest more in our communities and address the gaps we see and the challenges we see in our communities.” Read the full article in The Mississauga News.
 
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Thank you for running United Way campaign this year!
These companies held their campaigns in September and October!

 
  • AECOM Canada Ltd.
  • Alcon Canada Inc.
  • Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
  • American Express Corporate Services
  • ARI Financial Services Inc.
  • Associated Youth Services Peel
  • Bayer Inc
  • Beckman Coulter Canada LP.
  • Bereskin & Parr
  • Boys & Girls Club of Peel
  • Brampton Multicultural Community Centre
  • C.N.I.B. - Halton/Peel
  • Caledon Community Services
  • Canada Dry Mott's Inc.
  • Canada Post
  • Canadian Hearing Society
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Catholic Cross Cultural Services
  • Catholic Family Services Peel-Dufferin
  • Celestica
  • Central West Community Care Access Centre
  • CGI
  • Chemours Canada Company
  • Citi Canada
  • City of Mississauga
  • Clorox Company of Canada Ltd.
  • Communications Repair Logistics
  • ConAgra Foods Canada
  • Contract Pharmaceuticals Canada Limited
  • Co-operators
  • Corporation of the City of Brampton
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Cushman & Wakefield Limited
  • David Aplin Recruiting
  • Denso Sales Canada Inc.
  • Desjardins General Insurance Group
  • Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board
  • Dupont Pioneer
  • E.I. du Pont Canada Company
  • Eaton Industries
  • Edward Jones
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel-Halton
  • Enbridge Consumers Gas
  • ESAB Group Canada Inc.
  • Express Scripts Canada
  • Finastra
  • Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
  • GCWCC
  • GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Hope 24/7 Peel
  • HSBC
  • IMS Health Canada Inc.
  • Independent Electricity System Operator
  • Indus Community Services
  • Innovapost
  • Intact Insurance Company
  • Intergraph Canada Ltd.
  • Jazz Aviation
  • John Howard Society of Peel
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • La Capitale Financial Group
  • LCBO
  • Malton Neighbourhood Services
  • Manulife Financial Canadian Operations
  • McCormick Canada Inc.
  • Medtronic of Canada Limited
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • Metroland Media Group Ltd
  • Mettler Toledo Inc
  • MIAG Centre for Diverse Women & Families
  • National Bank of Canada
  • Nestle Purina PetCare
  • Nexus Youth Services
  • Ontario Power Generation Inc. EPCT Employees And Pensioners Charity Trust
  • OPS
  • Payworks
  • Peace Ranch Inc.
  • Peel District School Board
  • PepsiCo
  • Petro-Canada America (Holly Frontier)
  • Pfizer Consumer healthcare, a division of Pfizer Canada Inc.
  • Pitney Bowes Canada
  • Polycultural Immigration & Community Services
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
  • Punjabi Community Health Services
  • Rapport Youth & Family Services
  • Regional Municipality of Peel
  • Ricoh Canada Inc.
  • Spectra Community Support
  • Sun Life of Canada
  • Suncor Energy
  • Toromont Cat
  • Town of Caledon
  • TransAlta Utilities Corporation
  • United Way of Peel Region
  • University of Toronto Mississauga
  • UPS
  • Victim Services of Peel
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Whirlpool Corporation
  • Xerox Canada
 
 
 

Issue 9

Issue 8, 2017 Way to Go!
 

What does your donation look like?

It looks like pride. It looks like Pauline.

Your donation looks like... PRIDE
Pauline’s three-year-old twins, both experiencing learning delays, accessed a range of United Way early-years and special-needs programs. Thanks to people like you, they’re confident and school-ready, and mom couldn’t be more proud.
Like most four-year-olds, Torri and Artha aren’t always eager to put on their shoes and jackets when their mom asks them to. The twin sisters stall and protest—if you’re a parent, you know the drill. But there is one thing that makes the girls switch to lightning speed. “If I tell them we’re going to see Tina, I can’t get them in the car fast enough,” says the girls’ mom, Pauline. “They’re her biggest fans.”

Tina is a child development consultant and program worker at a Child Development Centre funded by United Way. The girls first started visiting the centre at 18 months when their pediatrician noticed they were having trouble communicating. “They spoke to each other in their own language, and I thought it was just ‘twin talk,’” says Pauline. “But I was told they had speech delays.” Their doctor also identified developmental delays in Torri and Artha’s social and motor skills, and recommended Pauline look into free programming at a local early-years centre. There, she’d be able to connect with other parents and help the twins socialize.

With few family members close by, Pauline, who had moved to Canada from the Philippines, couldn’t help but feel responsible for her daughters’ delays. “You worry that you’re not giving enough or you’re not teaching them enough; you’re not being a good mom to them,” she says. With nowhere else to turn, she visited the centre.

There, the family met Tina, who helped Pauline get her daughters into a variety of extra support programs aimed at improving social skills, as well as speech and language development. She also connected them with an occupational therapist to boost the twins’ motor skills. With these tools in place, the girls began to thrive. Pauline will never forget the first time the twins said their first full sentences: “I was so happy, I started crying. It was a huge step. A full sentence—it was like winning an award.”

Both girls are now speaking, playing and socializing happily, and are ready to start kindergarten in the fall. Artha is even reading on her own, and her mom couldn’t be prouder.

“Without Tina and Macaulay, and without United Way’s funding, we wouldn’t have been able to access these important programs,” says Pauline. “I’m so thankful for that. I don’t know where we’d be today without this support.””

Together, we are possibility.
 

Campaign Highlights

Spotlight on Region of Peel

Region of Peel employees truly demonstrate what it means to partner with United Way. Employee Campaign Chairs Judy Labelle and Sandy Viana-Tavares run a best practice fundraising campaign, and the numbers prove it: over 1426 donors (and counting) this year, including 63 at the Leadership level!

Region of Peel employees are highly engaged – whether it’s by serving on our Allocations Committee or a Community Advisory Council, or by helping out at an agency on a Day of Caring, or by bravely sleeping in their cars to raise funds during The Longest Night — we can always count on them to roll up their sleeves and get involved. This year, we’ve been very fortunate to have three Sponsored Employees from the Region join us for our campaign season: Lana Odinok, Tanya Philp and Hilary Sandiford. It’s thanks to their hard work, and the dedication and generosity of Region of Peel employees that we’re able to support our most vulnerable neighbours. Thank you for making United Way your charity of choice, and for stepping up for the people in our community!
 

Spotlight on BMO

BMO Financial Group is another longstanding supporter of United Way. Here in Peel, employees at BMO’s North American Customer Contact Centre in Meadowvale go above and beyond for their United Way campaign. Campaign Co-Chairs David LeRiche and Sebastien Fauvel lead a robust campaign team that spans the organization, including 12 senior volunteers who each lead a team of enthusiastic ambassadors. Through this depth and breadth of engagement, their ambassadors have made tremendous efforts to educate and engage BMO employees—not only to give to United Way, but to really understand the issues in our community, and most importantly, what they can do about it. Special thanks to lead ambassador Ann Grannan for all her work in coordinating campaign activities!

BMO also participates in our Sponsored Employee program. This year, they’ve seconded Electra Desmond from the North American Customer Contact Centre to United Way to support our campaign operations. BMO believes in providing their future leaders with professional development opportunities, and Electra is just that! Thank you, BMO employees, for your enthusiasm, your drive, and your commitment to fighting poverty in Peel!

Special thanks to BMO Financial Group, North American Customer Contact Centre’s Senior Ambassadors: Christina Jarzabek, Nicola Rotiroti, Rosamaria Marella, Anne Franchitto, Ryan Sutherland, Brian Dombrosky, Nisha Bhola, Richard Dussault, Ann Grannan, Alicia Abballe, Liz Wendelberger, and Andres Gomez-Isaza. 
 “I give to the United Way as they are the experts as to what our community needs and I know that they will allocate my donation wisely. I feel very strongly that we all have an obligation to give back, whether through time or money. Every year, I volunteer to lead the BMO Employee Giving Campaign for the NACCC as BMO believes, as do I, in giving others hope. The more awareness that we bring to the United Way, the more ways they can help our community.” 

—Ann Grannan, Senior Specialist, Strategy & Operations Wealth NACCC
 

Struggling with Gift Ideas?

This year, give the gift of possibility!

John’s family has been struggling to make ends meet. His parents each work two part-time jobs but there just isn’t enough money to cover the basic necessities like food and rent. Your $15 donation can provide his family with a week of healthy food. Click here to purchase this gift.
Jessica doesn’t know what to do. She is overwhelmed and feels hopeless. She needs someone to talk to before she takes drastic measures and ends her life. Your $30 donation can give this troubled teen the sympathetic, caring ear she really needs. Click here to purchase this gift.
Jessie is only six years old. She’s grown a lot since last winter and her winter coat no longer fits. Jessie really needs a new winter coat... but her mom doesn’t have enough money to buy one this year. Your $50 donation can help keep Jessie warm and dry. Click here to purchase this gift.
Lee has had enough. She’s finally ready to take her young son and daughter and leave her abusive husband. When she makes the call, your donation of $75 will make sure she arrives safely at the shelter. Click here to purchase this gift.
Jon is 16 and he doesn’t have a place to go. His step-father has said he’s no longer welcome at home. None of his friends have room for him to stay. He doesn’t want to sleep on the streets. Your donation of $130 will give him a warm, safe place to spend the night and help him find stability in his life. Click here to purchase this gift.
 
Amgen Canada Inc. at Interim Place

Thank you for running United Way campaign this year!
These companies held their campaigns in November!

  • ABB Inc.
  • ADP Canada
  • Amgen Canada Inc.
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Bell Canada
  • Bell Technical Solutions
  • Bimbo Canada (Canada Bread)
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Brampton Brick Limited
  • Caledon Meals on Wheels
  • CIBC
  • CIBC Mellon
  • CNH Industrial-Brampton
  • Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre
  • Eden Food For Change
  • Elder Help Peel
  • Erin Mills Youth Centre
  • Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere
  • Family Services of Peel
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada
  • GE Canada
  • General Mills Canada Corporation
  • Great-West Life Assurance Company
  • Interim Place
  • Labour Community Services of Peel
  • Learning Disabilities Association North Peel
  • March of Dimes Canada
  • Montship Inc.
  • Nestle Canada Inc. Distribution Centre
  • Newcomer Centre of Peel
  • OSSTF D19 Occasional Teachers Bargaining Unit
  • Our Place Peel
  • Pallett Valo
  • PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
  • Peel Family Education Centre
  • Peel Regional Labour Council
  • Primerica Financial Services Limited
  • RBC Financial Group
  • Safe City Mississauga
  • Scotiabank
  • SPS Commerce
  • Supportive Housing in Peel
  • Symcor Inc.
  • TD Bank Group
  • Tech Data Canada Corporation
  • UNIFOR Local 1285
  • UNIFOR Local 252
  • UNIFOR Local 26
  • UNIFOR Local 584
  • United Steelworkers - Peel/Halton Area Council
  • United Steelworkers Local. 7536
  • United Steelworkers of America Local 9042