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.
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.
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.
“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…in just 14 weeks you’ve made a big impression.”
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.”
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.”
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.
“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!”
2015 Sponsored Executives
Tamara Borgesen Kaminsky
Rosemary Kamchen Oakes
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
Manitoba Housing & Community Development
Manitoba Justice, Manitoba Health & Healthy Living
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
Manitoba Public Insurance
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
The Great-West Life Assurance Company
The North West Company
Vector Construction Group
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company & Wawanesa Life Insurance Company
Workers Compensation Board