Celebrating our amazing Sponsored Executives!

Our Sponsored Executives make it possible to help more than 250,000 Winnipeggers!

About 300 United Way friends and family gathered on Wednesday to celebrate those who make workplace campaigns a success – Sponsored Executives and the generous organizations who make it possible for them to join United Way for 14 weeks.

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The Sponsored Executives were presented with thank you poster placards featuring all their pictures , along with sharpies so they could sign them for each other.

SEs sign the back of each others thank you plaques.

SEs sign the back of each other’s thank you plaques.

SEs (from left) Ayaan Shire, Marie Tichborne, and Jacqueline Proulx show off their thank you placards.

SEs (from left) Ayaan Shire, Marie Tichborne, and Jacqueline Proulx show off their thank you placards.

They were recognized on stage for their incredible work. On cue they raised placards displaying 215,000 – the number of Winnipeggers that will be helped by campaign dollars raised so far.

SEs show off how many Winnipeggers will be helped by dollars raised so far.

SEs show off how many Winnipeggers will be helped by dollars raised so far.

“You make it possible to engage and mobilize thousands of Winnipeggers in hundreds of workplaces each year,” said 2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd.

The Class of 2015, with event MC 103.1 Virgin Radio's Chrissy Troy.

The SE class of 2015, with event MC 103.1 Virgin Radio’s Chrissy Troy.

“The class of 2015…in just 14 weeks you’ve made a big impression.”

SE Yvette Deveau photo-bombs SEs Enisty Fahmy (from left), Erinn Hannay, and Samantha Ginter

SE Yvette Deveau photo-bombs SEs Enisty Fahmy (from left), Erinn Hannay, and Samantha Ginter

Ward Keith of platinum event sponsor MPI told the Sponsored Executives the work they do to help United Way raise campaign dollars changes lives.

“Not just the lives of people United Way helps, but it changes your life, so I hope you get joy from that.”

Katie Dubienski and Curtis Shonoski point to their names on the SE listings.

Katie Dubienski and Curtis Shonoski point to their names on the SE posters on display.

MaryAnn Kempe of Birchwood Automotive Group and co-chair and champion for United Way’s Leadership Development Program thanked the sponsoring organizations “for giving us your best.”

“Our 37 Sponsored Executives are passionate, energetic, and creative. They unleash the kindness and generosity of Winnipeggers.”

SEs Barry Lundin and Jan Murowski.

SEs Barry Lundin and Jan Murowski.

Sponsored Executive Zoran Vicovac of the Workers Compensation Board spoke as the 2015 SE Valedictorian.

He talked of growing up in the North End and credited his mother and late father for instilling in him a desire to give back to his community.

2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd (left) poses with SE Valedictorian Zoran Vicovac and Zoran's mother Gina and wife Sylvia.

2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd (left) poses with SE Valedictorian Zoran Vicovac and Zoran’s mother Gina and wife Sylvia.

“My father, he was the type of person, God rest his soul, he would give his last dollar…my parents planted a seed in me.”

All it requires for the effects of homelessness, poverty and mental illness to take hold, “is for good men and women to do nothing,” he said.

With recognition of the hard work thus far by all divisions complete, Kelvin had a challenge for everyone to get us to our 2015 goal.

“Last year we helped about 250,000 people, and we’d like to touch even more lives this year. We know there are kids and families counting on us.”

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays, let’s all think of one person we could inspire to help us change a life by supporting the campaign this year.

We’re all in this together Winnipeg. Thank you!”

SE Patty Magrath

SE Patty Magrath

Erick Nduwimana put his selfie stick to good use!

Erick Nduwimana put his selfie stick to good use!

2015 Sponsored Executives

Debra Akister
Don Allan
Evelyn Crate
Yvette Deveau
Katie Dubienski
Ben Durand
Miracle Ehiremen
Mark Essenburg
Enisty Fahmy
Kendra Fontaine
Samantha Ginter
Erinn Hannay
Kevin Haywood
Jennifer Isaak
Tamara Borgesen Kaminsky
Christopher Kirton
Barry Lundin
Trevor MacHutchon
Patty Magrath
Ian McLaren
Jacqueline Melito
Mike Messer
Jan Murowski
Erick Nduwimana
Brittany Neufeld
Rosemary Kamchen Oakes
Shawna Peterson
Jacqueline Proulx
Deb Radi
Derek Resch
Brian Saulnier
Ayaan Shire
Curtis Shonoski
Amanpreet Sidhu
Bev Smith
Marie Tichborne
Zoran Vicovac

Sponsoring Workplaces

Birchwood Automotive Group
Canada Revenue Agency – Winnipeg Tax Services Office
City of Winnipeg – Water and Waste Department
City of Winnipeg – Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service
City of Winnipeg – Winnipeg Transit
Credit Union Central of Manitoba, Assiniboine, Cambrian, Casera, Entegra, Steinbach and Winnipeg
Police Credit Unions
Family Services and Labour
Health Science Centre
Johnston Group
Manitoba Housing & Community Development
Manitoba Hydro
Manitoba Justice, Manitoba Health & Healthy Living
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
Manitoba Public Insurance
Mercer Bradley
MGEU
MTS
National Leasing
New Flyer
Payworks Inc.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP
Province of Manitoba – Department of Labour & Immigration (Employment Standards)
Province of Manitoba – Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade, Jobs and the Economy
Province of Manitoba – Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship
Province of Manitoba – Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection
Province of Manitoba – Children and Youth Opportunities
Public Safety Canada – Emergency Management & National Security Branch
Quintex Services Ltd., MNP LLP & Mercer Bradley Inc.
RBC Launch Program Associate
RBC Royal Bank
Scotia Bank
TD Bank
The Great-West Life Assurance Company
The North West Company
Vector Construction Group
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company & Wawanesa Life Insurance Company
Workers Compensation Board
WRHA

SMS Engineering shares their generous spirits.

SMS Engineering’s United Way workplace campaign was an event-filled week.

The Winnipeg-based engineering firm, which shares a birthday with United Way (happy 50th anniversary, SMS!), began their workplace campaign last week by hosting United Way agency speaker Denise Allard.

Denise is a client and volunteer with CNIB, and an advocate for people with disabilities.

“She told a fascinating story of her life. It was really good,” said SMS’s employee campaign chair and engineer-in-training Andrew Schinkel.

The SMS United Way campaign committee, from left, Sheila, Bridget, Andrew, and Jason, with breakfast.

The SMS United Way campaign committee, from left, Sheila, Bridget, Andrew, and Jason, with breakfast.

The week included events and activities like a Ukrainian lunch and putting green and basketball contests, and ended with a full breakfast Friday with bacon, pancakes, fruit and all the fixings.

“SMS has been a big supporter of United Way,” said Sponsored Executive Tamara Borgesen Kaminsky, who was interested to learn that SMS was involved in the design of United Way’s Main Street building.

Sponsored Executives Zoran, Enisty, and Tamara with Ukrainian deliciousness.

United Way Sponsored Executives Zoran, Enisty, and Tamara with Ukrainian deliciousness.

Andrew was pleased with the participation of his co-workers.

“Ultimately it’s to give back to the community. To help others.”

Thank you, SMS, and happy birthday!

Bridget on bacon duty!

Bridget on bacon duty!

Sponsored Executives Evelyn and Curtis helping get breakfast served.

Sponsored Executives Evelyn and Curtis helping get breakfast served.

Big, possibly heavy changes at Plane Pull 12!

It had to happen sometime. The DC9 has been retired!

Planning—and planing—has begun for Plane Pull 2015, an extra special event because this is United Way’s 50th anniversary in Winnipeg.

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And now, with news of the retirement of our beloved “fun pull” DC9 aircraft, we’re dreaming up something heavy for this year’s pull on September 18. That’s all we can say for now; you’ll have to come pull to see what it might be!

It’ll be hard to top last year’s Plane Pull 11, which set amazing new records for both participation and fundraising.

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Sponsored Executives at their “graduation,” including MTS’ Angela Casey, far right, the overall top fundraiser at Plane Pull 2014.

Angela Casey from MTS, one of our many valued Sponsored Executives, personally raised $1035 for the event, going far above and beyond her already busy schedule! It’s dedication and enthusiasm like that that makes Plane Pull so much fun and so important in the work towards a better Winnipeg.

Workplace of the Week: Carbone Coal Fired Pizza warms up 700 little hands.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza’s Joe Paletta & Benjamin Nasberg hoped to raise enough money at their two Carbone Pizza locations to buy 50 new youth-sized mitts for Winnipeg kids.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza donates 350 pairs of mitts to Koats for Kids!

350 pairs later, they’ve been delighted with the warm response to their request for $5 donations from customers and staff to help pay for each pair.

“There’s something about Winnipeggers – we know how cold it gets and we want to help kids stay warm,” Paletta says.

All kinds of warm-hearted people got in on the $5 request. Downtown bartender Cam Craig bought a pair of mitts every single shift he worked in the month of January.

Cam Craig, generous bartender!

Cam Craig, generous bartender. Photos by Carbone Coal Fired Pizza.

Sean at Still Cove Wine donated 20 pairs, and Carbone’s friend Michael Nugent bought 100 pairs!Carbone Donation Wall

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It took only a day and half to reach 200 pairs, because Winnipeggers just can’t resist lending a (warm) helping hand. All told Carbone Coal Fired Pizza was able to rustle up 350 pairs of new mitts from Richlu.

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Mitts are always welcome at Koats for Kids, as children tend to lose them, rip them, and go through more than one pair in a season.

$20.4 million raised by Winnipeg, for Winnipeg.

A record-setting $20.4 million was donated by generous Winnipeggers this year. All of that money will be invested directly into our community, strengthening Winnipeg families, helping people make connections and feel included, offering them the chance to gain skills and have their voices heard.

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Tremendous thanks to the thousands of donors, volunteers, partners, sponsors and everyone who made it all happen. Our city is better because of you!

Here’s Michael Champagne, activist & long-time friend of United Way, sharing inspiration at our Celebration evening.

We were also treated to the Rossbrook Rockers. Rossbrook House is a critical drop-in centre for inner city children.

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“United Way is about making this a better place for everyone. It’s not about a hand out, it’s about a hand up.”
—Sandra Oakley, 2014 Campaign Chair