In the basement of artist Shirley Levacy’s Winnipeg home, the Great Blue Art Studio is abuzz with creative energy and conversation. Led by Shirley’s enthusiastic suggestions, three teens are painting together. Katie is a bright, outgoing girl who has taken art classes with Shirley since she was a young girl. It’s where she met Avery and Dominic — two teens living with intellectual disabilities. Although reserved
A recent newcomer to Canada and Winnipeg, Yi Zhong is motivated to improve her English so she can integrate into her new home and continue with her career. She volunteers at the Immigrant Centre of Manitoba – a United Way agency partner – as an EAL (English as an Additional Language) practice partner for other
Three years ago, Adrian Alphonso felt he was coming apart. Newly separated and troubled by addictions, Adrian was also deep in debt with few resources to support himself and his young daughter Elyse. Adrian went to Community Financial Counselling Services—a United Way agency partner—where staff recognized in him a perfect candidate for the Saving Circle
Caitlynn found a future at a United Way supported after-school program at YMCA-YWCA. Here she tells her story in her own words. Have you ever had trouble with kids in your neighbourhood? Something innocent like a knocked over garbage can or mailbox. Maybe a little more scary like having your windows egged. Perhaps a group
Bill, a stroke survivor who’s made a great recovery with the help of United Way agency partner Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba, shares his experience in his own words. “What was the last thing you said to your husband? Your wife? Your children or parents? Anyone close to you. Were they words said in anger?
“It was Christmas 2008. My husband Chris had been complaining of a really sore leg and it wasn’t getting any better.”
“Logan is like many children with disabilities in Winnipeg. They want to do what other kids do, but don’t always get the chance. Fortunately, due to Winnipeggers’ support for United Way, kids like Logan are getting a chance to get off the sidelines and in the game.”
“I’m Lisa Shaw. My sister and I know that your support for United Way not only has the power to change lives, it saves lives, too. We’re living proof. Thank you.”
Marie Joss is excited to be going to tea. “It’s for the Queen’s anniversary,” she says. “They’ve made hats in her honour, there’ll be fancy sandwiches, tea – whatever’s British!” Tea is one of the regular meals and outings that she says give a lift to her and many other seniors. The outings are organized
Working his way up the ladder from general laborer, to certified carpenter, to project manager and estimator, Brian has come a long way from the decades he spent drifting from one low-paying job to another, with no benefits, no stability, and no way to plan for the future.