Driving change in Winnipeg

As the 2013 Campaign Chair, this will mark my fifth year on the campaign cabinet. I’m often asked why I’m involved in United Way. I have a simple answer. I should and I can.

2013 United Way of Winnipeg Campaign Chair Stephen Chipman

2013 United Way of Winnipeg Campaign Chair Stephen Chipman

I believe each one of us has a responsibility to give back to our community. Therefore I should. I’m fortunate to work with a great team at Birchwood Automotive Group and I have a very supportive family who allow me the opportunity to volunteer with United Way. Therefore I can.

But from a very selfish perspective, I know that being involved with an organization like United Way makes me a better person. I’m challenged daily to continue to improve my personal skill set, and that translates into my workplace. I’m able to interact with committed and generous Winnipeggers in every corner of this community—they raised nearly $20 million last year, money that is right now changing lives for the better. And that humbles me.

Last, but certainly not least, I see the change that’s possible as a result of our combined efforts. I’ve met people who rose above seemingly insurmountable challenges because of the programs this money makes possible. And that inspires me.

So why wouldn’t you want to be part of such a great cause? I hope you’ll join me in the coming months.

A better community truly does start with you.

Stephen Chipman
2013 Campaign Chair
United Way of Winnipeg

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