Costco goes all in

Costco East Winnipeg #153 reached 100% participation in their 2012 United campaignWhat does it take to have every single person in a workplace give to their United Way campaign? According to Tracy Boyer, Co-Employee Campaign Chair of Costco East Winnipeg #153, all it takes is a giving spirit and a bit of education on what United Way does. And they have both.

Tracy’s Costco location has been running a United Way campaign since they opened just over 20 years ago. She has led their fundraising efforts several times.

“It’s the kids,” she says. “It’s all about them for me. They don’t deserve to be in the situations many of them find themselves in. They deserve to have a safe place to go, before and after school. They deserve a second chance.”

It’s knowing that she’s helping those kids find a safe place to go that keeps Tracy involved, speaking to every person she can to educate them on United Way-supported programs that help kids be all they can be. And her enthusiasm and generosity are shared by her fellow employees. This year, for the second time, an incredible 100% of them chipped in to support the campaign.

A big thank you to the generous team at Costco East Winnipeg #153 for your support!

Are you interested in raising money for United Way in your workplace? Contact our Campaign Director, Colleen Kuchnicki (204-924-4231 or to learn more!

Celebrate the Class of 2012 at Report Session 4


Report Session 4 invitation graphicLeading into a season of celebration, it’s a perfect time to pay tribute to the organizations and people who are working hand in hand with United Way to inspire our entire community to action in order to help people in Winnipeg change their lives for the better.

In 2012, United Way received much-needed support from 40 fabulous Sponsored Executives who have been working with us full-time over the course of our city-wide fundraising campaign. This is only possible because of generous organizations that provide financial support and that loan their best and most skilled employees.

Please join CBC News Anchor Janet Stewart and 2012 Campaign Chair Doug Finkbeiner as we celebrate the progress of United Way’s 2012 Campaign and recognize our Sponsored Executives, their companies and the role they play in creating opportunities for a better life for everyone.

Where: Grand Ballroom at Fort Garry Place

When: Friday, December 7, 2012 

  • 11:15 am Registration and seating
  • 11:45 am Lunch

Tickets are $35 each or $315 for a table of 10. You can buy them online here.

For more info or to RSVP offline, call Angela Bishop at 204-924-4266 or email

This event is generously sponsored by Manitoba Public Insurance.

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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!

Report Session 3 – feel the energy!

Report Session 3 invitation imageWe’re just over halfway through United Way of Winnipeg’s 2012 Campaign and while the stage is set for success, there is still a lot of work to do.

“Well begun is half done”, said 2012 Campaign Chair Doug Finkbeiner at the last report session, where he announced that Winnipeggers have helped United Way just over $12 million, or 60% or this year’s campaign goal of $20.4 million.

“But I wouldn’t be doing my job as Campaign Chair if I didn’t point out that we still have a long way to go. Now I draw inspiration from another quote, this time by Hellen Keller: Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Report Session 3 is the next major milestone in the 2012 Campaign, and we hope you’ll join Doug and his campaign cabinet volunteers as they announce their progress and acknowledge the contributions of several outstanding corporate supporters.

Hosted by comedian and motivational speaker Aisha Alfa, this event will also feature a buffet lunch and an energizing performance from the cast of The Big Boom Theory, Celebrations Dinner Theatre’s latest production.

Where: Celebrations Dinner Theatre | Canad Inns Fort Garry (1824 Pembina Highway)

When: Friday, November 16, 2012 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Tickets are $20 each or $180 for a table of 10. You can buy them online here.

Lunch is included in the ticket price.

For more info or to RSVP offline, call Angela Bishop at 204-924-4266 or email


Believe in Winnipeg!


Ace BurpeeFrom the first time I heard Take Me to the Pilot’s “Green Eyes” I knew it had a greater purpose. I mean it. It was just so brilliant and perfect. I always told myself that if there was ever an opportunity to use it for a good cause I would jump at it.

So… I sit down with some of my United Way friends one day and topic of a new campaign video comes up.

It was meant to be.

I wanted that song more than anything else in the world. It’s the perfect message. I then thought of some of the brilliant speakers I’ve had the pleasure of hearing tell their stories on behalf of the United Way over the years. I asked a few to share their powerful message with us, and boom, we had a video. Winnipeg in all its beauty served as our backdrop for I hope will be an impactful and uplifting video.

Be well.

– Ace Burpee


Download our song “Green Eyes” and support United Way


Take Me To The PilotWe are thrilled to have United Way use our song “Green Eyes” as part of their 2012 campaign. Check out the video the song is featured in – the stories are powerful. Both the song and United Way are all about providing a second chance, a way for people to make their lives better. To show our support for United Way and the good work they make possible we will be donating 100% of the iTunes profits from “Green Eyes” from now until the end of the campaign in January 2013.

To download the song for $0.99,  go to our page on the iTunes website and find “Green Eyes”.

Thank you!

Mike, Eric, Adam and Jon from Take Me To The Pilot

P.S. Here’s the video in case you haven’t seen it!