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