2013 campaign off to a soaring start!

United Way Winnipeg - Plane Pull 2013 - Steve Chipman“The sky’s the limit when it comes to Winnipeg’s generosity,” said Steve Chipman, 2013 Campaign Chair at United Way’s 10th annual Plane Pull and Campaign Kickoff at Red River College’s Stevenson campus.

Chipman said the goal this year is to break the $20 million barrier, and he expressed confidence Winnipeggers would rise to the challenge.

Chipman noted that $7.5 million, or 37.5 per cent of the goal, has already been raised at workplaces whose campaigns have already started. Over 1,000 workplaces will run United Way campaigns over the next three months.

Cassandra Gagne and Bill Henry, two of the faces of this year’s campaign video, were on hand to remind everyone what the money raised means to people in Winnipeg. Gagne’s heartfelt speech about moving from her life as a high-school dropout and teen mom to earning her degree in nursing with United Way’s support brought tears to people’s eyes. “From the bottom of my heart, thank-you,” she told the crowd.

Henry lost his speech and he and his family struggled for three years after he suffered a stroke. Thanks to services supported by United Way, he learned to speak again and uses his voice to educate and inspire others. “You never know what life is going to throw at you,” said Henry. “Tomorrow you could wake up and your world has changed. You may have to start over again. Thank goodness for the support from United Way, so that you can.”

A record 1500 Winnipeggers, including 55 teams, participated in Plane Pull 10, competing to see who could haul one of two massive jet airplanes the fastest. Team Winnipeg Free Press won the competitive division with a time of 7.34 seconds, while Red River College won the fun division with a time of 6.72 seconds. National Leasing’s zombie-themed team won for best costumes, while Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, a United Way agency partner, won best cheer.

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And all the team photos are available on Flickr

Plane Pull Results:

Team Steam (Competitive Pull) Winner - Winnipeg Free Press
Team Steam (Fun Pull) Winner - Red River College
Team Scream Winner – Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre
Team Theme Winner – National Leasing

Fun Pull Results

Competitive Pull Results

1 Red River College 6.72 1 Winnipeg Free Press 7.34
2 Megill-Stephenson Company 6.97 2 Canad Inns 7.60
3 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 7.03 3 17 Wing/C.F.B. Winnipeg 7.72
4 CN Rail 7.40 4 Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre 7.84
5 Canada Revenue Agency – Winnipeg Tax Centre 7.41 5 PCL Constructors Canada Inc. 7.90
6 RBC Royal Bank 7.47 6 Canadian Tool & Die Limited 7.91
7 Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries 7.63 7 Pollard Bank Note 8.00
8 University of Winnipeg 7.66 8 Magellan Aerospace Corporation 8.06
9 The Great-West Life Assurance Company 7.69 9 StandardAero 8.12
10 Richardson International Limited 7.69 10 Microsoft Canada Inc. 8.16
11 CIBC 7.78 11 Ricoh Canada Inc. 8.41
12 Custom Castings Limited 7.79 12 Labour Team 8.43
13 Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba 7.84 13 Red River College 8.47
14 The North West Company 7.88 14 Price Industries 8.53
15 Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company & Wawanesa Life Insurance Company 7.93 15 New Flyer Industries Canada ULC 8.56
16 Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano 8.03 16 RCMP D Division 8.60
17 Winpak Ltd. 8.06 17 Winnipeg Airports Authority 8.91
18 Cargill Limited 8.31 18 City of Winnipeg – Chief Administrative Offices 8.93
19 Boeing 8.43 19 The Winnipeg Sun 8.94
20 Agency Team 8.56 20 Diagnostic Services of Manitoba 9.16
21 National Leasing 8.56 21 MNP LLP 9.25
22 Grace General Hospital 8.97 22 United Way of Winnipeg 9.25
23 MTS 8.97 23 Manitoba Hydro 9.59
24 Johnston Group Inc. 9.10 24 AAA Alarms 9.68
25 Manitoba Public Insurance 9.25 25 Deloitte 10.50
26 Tundra Oil & Gas Partnership 9.34 26
27 Taylor McCaffrey LLP 9.47 27
28 Winnipeg Regional Health Authority 9.53 28
29 Cambrian Credit Union 9.75 29
30 2013 Campaign Cabinet 10.9 30

Thank You Sponsors:

United Way of Winnipeg - Campaign 2013 - Plane Pull 10 Sponsors

 

Driving change in Winnipeg

As the 2013 Campaign Chair, this will mark my fifth year on the campaign cabinet. I’m often asked why I’m involved in United Way. I have a simple answer. I should and I can.

2013 United Way of Winnipeg Campaign Chair Stephen Chipman

2013 United Way of Winnipeg Campaign Chair Stephen Chipman

I believe each one of us has a responsibility to give back to our community. Therefore I should. I’m fortunate to work with a great team at Birchwood Automotive Group and I have a very supportive family who allow me the opportunity to volunteer with United Way. Therefore I can.

But from a very selfish perspective, I know that being involved with an organization like United Way makes me a better person. I’m challenged daily to continue to improve my personal skill set, and that translates into my workplace. I’m able to interact with committed and generous Winnipeggers in every corner of this community—they raised nearly $20 million last year, money that is right now changing lives for the better. And that humbles me.

Last, but certainly not least, I see the change that’s possible as a result of our combined efforts. I’ve met people who rose above seemingly insurmountable challenges because of the programs this money makes possible. And that inspires me.

So why wouldn’t you want to be part of such a great cause? I hope you’ll join me in the coming months.

A better community truly does start with you.

Stephen Chipman
2013 Campaign Chair
United Way of Winnipeg

Congratulations to the 2012 Spirit Award winners!

More than 1100 amazing organizations and thousands of employees support a United Way workplace campaign each year. While each and every one is a vital part of our overall success, some stand out for innovation, creativity and commitment. United Way’s annual Spirit Awards celebrate and recognize these individuals and organizations!

2012 Best in Show

Best in Show is all about the spirit of participation and the amazing and creative ways our campaign committees inspire it.  Nominees from Transport Canada – Prairie & Northern Region and Tundra Oil and Gas Partnership were spirited competitors, but the final prize went to Manitoba Public Insurance for their Be a Champion! campaign! Congratulations!

United Way Spirit Awards - Best in Show 2012 Winners Manitoba Public Insurance

 

2012 Workplace Canvasser Awards

The University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba – Extended Education captured these awards by inspiring involvement in their workplaces.

University of Winnipeg - United Way Winnipeg Spirit Awards - Workplace Canvasser Awards winners

University of Winnipeg – Workplace Canvasser Awards winners

University of Manitoba - United Way Winnipeg Spirit Awards - Workplace Canvasser Awards winners

University of Manitoba Extended Education – Workplace Canvasser Award winners

2012 Employee Campaign Chair Awards

These are the creative, organized, determined people who coordinate the entire workplace campaign effort. The winners have been selected for going above and beyond the call of duty in the areas of best practice, creativity, enthusiasm and energy. Congratulations to Christey Allen of the Canadian International Grains Institute and Stacy Loree and Jeff Eckstein of MNP  (Read more about the CIGI campaign and MNP campaign!)

ECC Award Winner Christey Allen of CIGI

ECC Award Winner Christey Allen of CIGI

ECC Award Winners Stacy Loree and Jeff Eckstein of MNP

ECC Award Winners Stacy Loree and Jeff Eckstein of MNP

2012 Campaign Chair’s Awards

And last but not least, the highest level of recognition United Way gives – the Campaign Chair’s Award. Congratulations to Cargill Limited, Grain Insurance & Guarantee Company, James Richardson & Sons and Affiliated Companies, the Johnston Group, National Leasing and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce!

Campaign Chair Award Winners Cargill Limited

Campaign Chair Award Winners Cargill Limited

Campaign Chair Award Winners Grain Insurance & Guarantee - Darryl Levy

Campaign Chair Award Winners Grain Insurance & Guarantee

Campaign Chair's Award Winners James Richardson & Sons and Affiliated Companies

Campaign Chair’s Award Winners James Richardson & Sons and Affiliated Companies

Campaign Chair's Award Winners the Johnston Group

Campaign Chair’s Award Winners the Johnston Group

Campaign Chair's Award Winners National Leasing

Campaign Chair’s Award Winners National Leasing

Campaign Chair's Award Winners the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Campaign Chair’s Award Winners the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Thank you to all of you for your incredible support this year – you’ve helped create opportunities for a better life for everyone!

Click here for more information on the Spirit Awards

Winnipeggers’ generosity leading United Way to biggest achievement ever

Winnipeggers’ unrelenting spirit, generosity and belief in our city will continue to change lives by supporting a vital network of over 100 social programs and partnerships thanks to the largest campaign achievement ever.

Campaign Chair Doug Finkbeiner speaks at Touchdown 2012

Campaign Chair Doug Finkbeiner speaks at Touchdown 2012

“Winnipeggers care about building a safer, stronger community we can all believe in – a Winnipeg we can all be proud to call home,” said United Way’s 2012 Campaign Chair, Doug Finkbeiner when he spoke to supporters, volunteers, and agency partners tonight at Campaign 2012’s Touchdown.

“We will surpass last year’s campaign total and set a new United Way fundraising record of $19.9 million,” said Finkbeiner. “We have you and our entire city to thank for this remarkable achievement. That said; please know that we’re not ready to stop just yet. We have set our sights on $20 million and we will do everything we can to reach what would truly be a historic milestone.”

“In the coming weeks there are workplace campaigns still to run and donations to come in from people and organizations that haven’t yet been able to make their gifts. In addition we are identifying opportunities to pursue that will represent new sources of revenue that we hope will help us achieve the best possible results for our community,” said Finkbeiner.

For more than 245,000 Winnipeggers (one-third of our population) who access United Way programs and services each year, it means help can be there when they need it most.

Money raised through United Way’s annual campaign represents sustained, multi-year
funding—a unique asset in the non-profit world that means agency partners can spend more time focusing their attention on the important work of delivering services to people in
our community.

It means important social resources will be better able to train and retain qualified, dedicated staff who will be there for their clients over the long haul. It helps give these staff the opportunity to reach out and connect with the community in a meaningful way in order to build the relationships and trust that are so vital to helping people achieve their goals and realize their dreams. It means these supports and services will be available when our friends, family, neighbours and co-workers need them most.

Thank you again Winnipeg!

This event was generously sponsored by:

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Additional event sponsorship provided by:

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Spirit Awards

More than 1100 amazing organizations and thousands of employees support a United Way workplace campaign each year. While each and every one is a vital part of our overall success, some stand out for innovation, creativity and commitment. United Way’s annual Spirit Awards are our chance to celebrate and recognize these individuals and organizations!

Best in Show

RBC’s team spirit netted them the Best in Show award – one Day of Caring saw more than 50 RBC employees, along with their families and friends, trek out to Camp Y to lend a hand. In just one day, the RBC team was able to get a month’s worth of work done for the camp!

RBC had two tough competitors for the top prize – finalists Manitoba Public Insurance employees danced up a storm to raise energy and dollars for the campaign, and Great West Life employees ran a raffle for the Jets season opener that raised over $25,000 for United Way!

Congratulations also to the following 2011 Spirit Award winners:

Agency partner Ma Mawi-Wi-Chi-Itata Centre, who were celebrated with a Canvasser Award in the small workplace category and Boeing Canada, for landing an award in the large workplace category. Both organizations had campaign canvassing teams who went above and beyond to connect with co-workers and raise money for United Way programs and services that create opportunities for all Winnipeggers to feel welcomed, valued, respected and accepted.

Heather Banera of the Assiniboine Dental Group and Jan Murowski of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority both earned an Employee Campaign Chair Award for their dedication to leading successful United Way campaigns in their workplaces.

Chris Couture, Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and a member of United Way’s 2011 Campaign Cabinet, alongside Employee Campaign Co-chairs Jeff Eckstein and Mary Ann Porter. Edward Kennedy presented the trio with their award during our 2011 Celebration.

This year’s winners of the Campaign Chair’s Award – their very first – was PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP with a stunning 96% employee participation in 2011. PricewaterhouseCoopers took a quantum leap toward a company-wide commitment to our community and United Way.

Congratulations to all our 2011 winners!

Is your campaign a star this year? Click here to find out how to nominate your workplace for a 2012 Spirit award!

Investors Group rallies with a relay

Investors Group employees race around a track in the lobby as part of a fundraiser in support of United WayVisitors to the Investors Group building last Wednesday were treated to an unexpected sight in the lobby – employees blazing around an improvised racetrack on scooters!

A little unconventional for a financial services company? Definitely – but it was all explained when passersby saw the “United Way Event in Progress” sign on the door. As part of their workplace campaign in support of United Way, dozens of employees formed teams to compete in a relay with events like Flip the Cup, Survivor Puzzle, and of course, the lobby scooter race, complete with colour commentary from 103.1 Virgin Radio’s Chrissy Troy. The eventual winners? Fast and Furious: Analyst Drift.

But behind the fun and games of their workplace campaign is a strong commitment to support their community – last year, Investors Group raised an amazing $452,000 for United Way.

“When someone asks me why they should support United Way,” says co-Employee Campaign Chair Ryan Solomon, “I bring out the booklet of agency partners and show them. There are just so many agencies supported by United Way, and most of us have no idea. It doesn’t just help those that are in poverty, it touches everyone’s lives. It’s all over the whole city and I don’t think a lot of people realize it.“

Seeing that list of agencies hit home for co-Employee Campaign Chair Jodi Hargreaves. “We try to show the personal stories of United Way, and mine is one of them. One of my children is affected by ADHD, and the Family Centre (a United Way agency partner) was instrumental in setting up support. That was a real touchstone for me, to know firsthand what my contributions support.”

Thanks for everything, Investors Group!