United Way holds 50th AGM

United Way of Winnipeg’s 50th Annual General Meeting was held on Friday, June 19 at United Way’s Main Street building.

United Way's 50th Annual Report is now available.

United Way’s 50th Annual Report is now available.

The Annual Report, with the vintage 1965 United Way logo on the red cover, was distributed to AGM attendees. The logo overlays a photo of United Way founders announcing the organization’s creation 50 years ago.

Board Chair Herb Peters gave an overview of the 49th AGM minutes, which were approved, and Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee Stefan Kristjanson presented the Treasurer’s Report. Audited financial statements are included in the Annual Report.

United Way board chair Herb Peters addresses the 50th Annual General Meeting.

United Way board chair Herb Peters addresses the 50th Annual General Meeting.

“Thanks to an annual grant for fundraising and administrative expenses from the Province of Manitoba, every dollar raised in the Annual Campaign goes directly to making a difference in our community,” said Kristjanson.

“United Way invested $16.7 million in 98 community organizations that support our areas of focus and $3.4 million in United Way community programs and partnerships,” in 2014-15.

Retiring board member Ayn Wilcox, who has served the United Way in multiple capacities since 2000 and is the current chair of the Steering Committee for the 50th anniversary, provided the Nominating Committee report.

She presented a nomination slate of 15 people, all of whom were elected – existing board members Jodene Baker, Cynthia Foreman, Reid Hartry, Jan Sanderson, Stefan Kristjanson, Herb Peters, Kevin Rebeck; and new board members Joan Hardy, Isha Khan, Nadia Kidwai, Angie Hutchinson, Brian O’Leary, BJ Reid, Gloria Spence, and Kelvin Shepherd.

Retired from the board are Marc Arnal, Angie Bruce, Lindy Choy, Janice Malo, Karen Dyck, Christine Cyr, Sam Pellettieri, and Ayn Wilcox.

United Way President & CEO Connie Walker mingles with guests before the AGM

United Way President & CEO Connie Walker mingles with guests before the AGM

The AGM was followed by a board meeting which saw the election of Herb Peters, chairperson; Marilyn McLaren, chairperson-elect and senior vice-chairperson; BJ Reid, vice-chairperson, Resource Development; Jodene Baker, vice-chairperson, Community Investment; Stefan Kristjanson, vice-chairperson, Finance and Administration and treasurer; Grant Shaw, vice-chairperson, Marketing and Communication; Cynthia Foreman, co-chair, Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council; Barbara Palace Churchill, honorary solicitor; Kelvin Shepherd, Campaign Chair.

Awards recognizing community leadership were presented to 2014 Campaign Chair and board member Sandra Oakley, board member and chair of the Resource Development Committee Doug Finkbeiner, Ayn Wilcox, and Christine Cyr, who served on the board since 2009 and the Aboriginal Relations Council from 2008-15 including five years as chair.

Christine Cyr receives an award from Herb Peters recognizing her community leadership

Christine Cyr receives an award from Herb Peters recognizing her community leadership

Afterwards Herb Peters talked about the Winnipeg Wednesdays held this June to celebrate United Way’s 50th anniversary.

Winnipeggers pledged almost 1,700 acts of kindness online for Conscious Kindness on June 4, and on June 10 hundreds took part in Red Table meals to have important discussions about Winnipeg’s future.

Winnipeggers came through in a big way on June 17 with over $30,000 in crowdfunding for 18 important projects at Winnipeg family resource centres as part of the Make It Happen campaign.

Nine projects were fully-funded, and the remaining nine Make It Happen projects will continue accepting funds at EveryDayMagic.ca until they are fully-funded. 

“This has been a month of experiencing the great generosity of our city,” Peters said.

“Next Wednesday (June 24) we will celebrate this generosity of Winnipeggers at our concert at The Forks. The concert features much of Winnipeg’s finest talent, and we’re excited to share the evening with as many Winnipeggers as possible.”

The free concert, billed One Night for Winnipeg, will feature performances by JD Edwards Band, JP Hoe, Mitch Dorge (formerly of The Crash Test Dummies), Sweet Alibi, The Lytics, The Noble Thiefs, and The Treble. Ace Burpee and Rosanna Deerchild are hosting.

The Annual Report is now available online. Hardcopies are available at United Way’s offices, 580 Main Street, or phone 204-477-5360 or email info@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca to receive one by mail.