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

“On track” to help more Winnipeggers than ever before!

Two hundred United Way Winnipeg friends had breakfast at the gleaming CN Campus training facility Thursday to mark a 64% progress toward the Campaign 2015 goal.

CN hosted at the gleaming CN Campus on Pandora.

CN hosted at the gleaming CN Campus on Pandora.

The event paid tribute to the Labour community, and David Sauer, President of Winnipeg Labour Council, performed MC duties.

A table full of Labour, with Dave Sauer onstage checking out the podium.

A table full of Labour, with Dave Sauer onstage checking out the podium.

David praised the CN Campus, a facility that trains and recertifies hundreds of CN employees, including more than 2,000 in Winnipeg.

David introduced Cassandra Golondrina, who spoke of facing poverty and mental health issues with help from ten United Way-supported agencies.

Cassandra Golondrina

Cassandra Golondrina

“I stand here today as a single mother of five, a survivor, and a success story.”

Cassandra said she has moved from getting help from United Way agencies, to becoming a United Way donor.

“Whether it’s a one-time donation , a dollar-a-day, or a corporate gift, it goes right back into the community.”

CN Vice-President Jim Vena presented United Way’s 2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd with a cheque for more than $140,000.

Kelvin, in railyard gear, accepts a cheque from CN VP Jim Vena.

Kelvin, in railyard gear, accepts a cheque from CN VP Jim Vena.

“We give across Canada and U.S. to United Way,” said Jim, adding that CN gave $1.5 million to United Ways across North America this year.

“It’s important for us to give back to the community.”

Kelvin ended the morning by highlighting that ticket proceeds for the breakfast will go to support Family Resource Centres – a special focus of United Way in 2015 to mark 50 years of community building.

Family Resource Centres “help meet basic needs, strengthen families, and pave the way for kids’ success in school and life,” Kelvin said.

“We encourage you to support this very important initiative if you’re able, by topping up your annual donation with an additional gift directed specifically to helping 23 Family Resource Centres provide a wide range of supports and services to an average of 35,000 Winnipeggers every year.”

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Report Session 2

Join us for an update on Campaign 2014 and a tribute to our Brothers and Sisters in Labour, who are helping change lives every day right here in Winnipeg.

Enjoy a continental breakfast & inspiring stories made possible thanks to your support. Buy tickets here.
You're invited to Report Session 2!
Thanks to the Winnipeg Labour Council & Manitoba Federation of Labour for sponsoring this event.

Campaign Report Session 4

Sponsored Executives have been critical to the success of our 2013 campaign. We’re celebrating their accomplishments, and the generosity of the companies and organizations that sponsored them, in style at The Met. Join us to salute the 2013 Sponsored Executives.

Hosted by Virgin Radio 103.1 FM‘s Chrissy Troy. Generously sponsored by Manitoba Public Insurance.

Tickets are $35 or $315 for a table of ten. Please RSVP by Thursday, November 28 by phone at 204-924-4266 or by email.

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 rsvp@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.

This event is generously sponsored by Manitoba Public Insurance.

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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 rsvp@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca.