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Canada’s Housing Crisis: What we’re doing about it

November 22, 2022

Homelessness was declared a national disaster in 1998 by the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. Community agencies, faith groups, labour unions, and government entities endorsed the statement. Building on this momentum, National Housing Day has been re …

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OpEd: New data shows inflation is hitting Canadians hard this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

November 4, 2022

Dan Clement, President and CEO, United Way Centraide Canada  October 17 was the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. While everyone in Canada grapples with record levels of inflation, low and moderate-income people are especially affected. …

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Listening and learning this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 27, 2022

September 30, 2021, marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. But the day held significance for the Indigenous community and their allies long before this. Orange Shirt Day was born from the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School (18 …

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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day 2022

June 21, 2022

Canada celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day on the summer solstice, June 21, during National Indigenous History Month. This day is a celebration of the diversity of Indigenous Peoples across our country and an opportunity for non-Indigenous Canad …

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Mental Health Week: Supporting our community service workers

May 2, 2022

The pandemic has affected all of us, but not all equally. As we support each other this Mental Health Week, United Way Centraide is placing a particular focus on workers in community agencies, who play a vital role in serving the most vulnerable across …

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United Way Centraide network mourns passing of Dennis Jackson

April 28, 2022

It is with great sadness and condolences to his family that United Way Centraide Canada mourns the passing of Dennis Alfred Jackson. Dennis was a pivotal community leader and champion of United Way Centraide. From 2015-2017, Dennis chaired the United C …

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What ending racism would mean for our communities

March 18, 2022

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is held annually on the 21st of March. It commemorates the day in 1960, when the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire on a peaceful protest against apartheid pass laws, kill …

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Black History Month – Stories we love

February 28, 2022

United Ways and Centraides across Canada have also been celebrating Black excellence in their communities this Black History Month. Here are a few of those stories: Advocating for Change – United Way Halifax The community of East Preston is a tight-kni …

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211 poised to connect Canada’s seniors to services

February 11, 2022

While many of us have experienced illness, loneliness and stress through this pandemic, COVID-19’s impact on vulnerable seniors has been especially distressing. Isolation has taken a toll on seniors living in long-term care homes and for those living i …

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United Way Centraide Canada Statement Regarding the Ottawa Protest

February 1, 2022

As a national network of local community builders, United Way Centraides are committed to ensuring Canada becomes a truly equitable, safe, and inclusive place, particularly for Indigenous peoples, racialized and marginalized communities. We support the …

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Moving forward together

November 19, 2021

There is a special onus on those of us who are most fortunate to help others. The more we give, the more we will make a difference. I get involved, I give, and I stand strong with my fellow human beings. The key value in my life is respect for people. …

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Community Services Recovery Fund

January 27, 2022

United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC), along with the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), has been solicited by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to apply to serve as an intermediary of the Community Services …

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Kindness, caring & respect more important than ever

January 26, 2022

With 2022 well underway, I have been reflecting on the year ahead and how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to slow down a bit over the holidays and recharge. With the rapid emergence of Omicron and the 5th wave of this Pandemic, our front-line …

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Giving Tuesday – Building a long-term relationship with your community

November 30, 2021

This Giving Tuesday I, like many of you, am thinking of the needs of my community as we remain under the weight of COVID-19. The pandemic has been a long, acute global crisis playing out at a local scale in all regions of Canada and around the world, w …

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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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