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A winner at the game of life

November 12, 2021

As a person with an intellectual disability, it’s not always so easy for me to reach out to others. Yet, I know I have much to offer because I am sociable, friendly, and cheerful. It’s important for me to have friendships.  I have to overcome other obs …

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It’s a privilege to do this

November 9, 2021

My husband Shawnn and I feel our community involvement is a privilege. We get to do this, while so many people can’t. When we took over a hotel and campground in a small community, one of the first things we did was reach out to the local United Way. W …

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Volunteering, I recommend it!

November 5, 2021

I learned many skills through volunteering, it helps me in networking and keeps my brain active. For me, it’s been nothing but beneficial. I recommend it! I started using hard drugs in my twenties, then I went to university to earn a degree in communit …

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Support during hard times

November 2, 2021

My wife, Shanta, has Alzheimer’s. Before I found United Way, it was very difficult. She’s the patient, but I was the sufferer—she didn’t know what was wrong, but I did, and I was in misery. We moved to Canada in 2003 to join our children. We lived in a …

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A personal revelation led to a commitment to giving back

October 26, 2021

I started my career in New York. I’d gone to grad school in the States—my degree was in public policy and international affairs—and after I graduated, I got a job working for the city government there. My building was a block away from the Twin Towers. …

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Social commitment, an economic necessity

October 25, 2021

Social engagement is a very important thing in my family. It was impressed upon us early on, as my parents were very involved in their community. My sister and I participated in student movements at college and university. When I entered the workforce, …

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Overcoming isolation alongside other immigrant women

October 22, 2021

I was born in Kazakhstan, in a village called Merké, where I lived until I was 16. Then, I left to study medicine, and I met my husband, who is from Azerbaijan. He was studying in France at that time, and I went to join him. We then decided to emigrate …

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Feeding families—and community

October 19, 2021

When the pandemic started, I saw that people in my community were struggling. Not everyone had enough to eat. Now, I’m a single foster parent of three kids, so I keep a stocked pantry—lots of meat, vegetables, soups, that kind of stuff. I also grew up …

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More than just a meal

October 14, 2021

I was raised in a small village and when I moved to the big city, you’d rarely find a soul who was willing to give a hand. That’s what makes United Way so important—I was one of those people that needed the service, and I realized it was something I co …

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Building on a family tradition

October 13, 2021

Like a lot of people, the reason I got involved with United Way was my family. I was born in India, but we moved to Saudi Arabia when I was four, then moved to Calgary when I was 10. Regardless of where we were, my parents have always been philanthropi …

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A journey to wellness

October 7, 2021

When I found United Way, I was suffering from depression and anxiety. Every night, I was going to bed praying that I would not wake up the next day. But even when my depression was at its worst, I knew there must be a different life. I am originally fr …

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It’s not about stamp collecting

October 6, 2021

When I was first asked if I knew what a “philanthropist” was, I confidently answered—“Sure, that’s someone who collects stamps!” Well, I immediately learned differently. I didn’t see myself as a philanthropist then, and I’m not sure I consider myself t …

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Finding a way out of the pandemic

October 1, 2021

“I have always been a gregarious person, so the pandemic proved especially tough for me. Here I was confined all alone inside the seniors’ home where I was living. I felt like a prisoner. Until then, I led an interesting life. I had two children from m …

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 29, 2021

This September 30 is Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a statutory holiday announced by the Government of Canada. The day is an important step in the reconciliation process, providing an opportunity to acknowledge our country’s …

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A history of helping others

September 21, 2021

  “I began my career in 1988 in London, Ontario as a Business Banking trainee with TD Bank.  TD was involved in a program with United Way called the “Loaned Rep” program and I was “loaned” to United Way for the duration of their annual campaign.”  …

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A dream for the future

September 15, 2021

“I’ve been involved with United Way since before I was officially a member of any organizations, because my dad and all his siblings were members when they were little, too. I think it’s cool—I don’t look a lot like my dad, but when people hear my name …

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Charities are vital to Canada’s recovery, but time is running out

August 10, 2021

An equitable recovery for the most vulnerable cannot be addressed through vaccines alone. Long-term support—from trusted community and human service charities like United Way Centraide Canada—is also necessary. This week, United Way Centraide Canada Pr …

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Disability Pride Month: Creativity and courage in the face of societal barriers

July 22, 2021

During the month of July, we’ve been celebrating Disability Pride Month. What started in the United States in 1990 has become a global movement of empowerment and visibility for those with disabilities. In Canada, although the month is not yet recogniz …

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Stories to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2021

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a celebration of the diverse original cultures of Turtle Island. This year, it’s especially poignant as we mourn the discovery of 215 children who died at Kamloops Indian Residential School. As more of these discoveri …

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June 1, 2021

We are deeply saddened by the tragic discovery of 215 children who died at Kamloops Indian Residential School. We extend our deepest condolences to the affected families, communities, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, and all residential and day sch …

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Statements on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Indigenous Collaboration

April 30, 2021

By Dan Clement, President & CEO Recently, I wrote a blog post on how racism is an #UNIGNORABLE issue for Canadians. In the months that followed, we began examining the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at United Way Centraide Canada a …

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“Do something to make your community better” – National Volunteer Week

April 23, 2021

This National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 18-24, the theme is “The Value of One, The Power of Many.” We asked our United Way Centraide Canada Board Chair, Yuri Fulmer, to reflect on what volunteerism has meant to him, and his time at United W …

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Community Services Recovery Fund – Budget 2021

April 21, 2021

United Way Centraide Canada congratulates the Government of Canada on its decision to create a $400M Community Services Recovery Fund to help local charities and non-profits adapt and modernize so they can better support the economic recovery in commun …

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Celebrating the Value of One, The Power of Many

April 20, 2021

The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week(April 18-24)  is The Value of One, The Power of Many. Those words carry a sentiment that is deeply engrained in the United Way Centraide mission. They reflect the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by milli …

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Together, we’re keeping our communities strong

March 12, 2021

One year ago, on March 11, COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. In the months that followed, more than 22,000 Canadian lives were claimed by the virus and countless others have been affected in numerous ways. Fo …

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COVID-19 pandemic has created a new group of vulnerable Canadians: survey

February 11, 2021

Ottawa, ON – February 11, 2021: On National 211 Day, United Way Centraide Canada has released new data and survey results showing that many Canadians are struggling to pay bills and dealing with mental health issues for the first time in their lives as …

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Allegations related to United Way Worldwide

February 5, 2021

February 5, 2021 We want to assure you that United Way Centraide Canada is aware of the reported allegations of misconduct at United Way Worldwide, specifically allegations of harassment and retaliation against female employees reporting incidents of h …

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211 Day – United Glow locations

February 4, 2021

211 Day United Glow locations Visit one of the buildings, monuments, and landmarks participating in our nationwide United Glow! To celebrate the national expansion of 211, these major sites across Canada will join us by illuminating their facades in 21 …

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Inaugural pan Canadian 211 Day!

February 4, 2021

February 11th is 211 Day across North America! This year, for the first time, anyone living anywhere in Canada can pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1 to reach a Service Navigator for information on community-based health, social and government services in or near their community. The service is free, confidential, 24/7 in most of Canada and available in more than 150 languages.

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