June 2015 

Vol 7, Issue 6         

United Way Connects

Appreciating 50 Years of Support 

It's hard to imagine what a day in the life of a United Way volunteer looked like 50 years ago, 25 years ago or even 10.  What we've found from digging through archives and listening to stories from long time volunteers is that there are some common threads we don't think will ever change.   


First, this organization was started from dedicated volunteers and only continues to this day because of those who stepped forward to lead our organization, raise funds for the campaign and invest the dollars wisely.   


Second, we continue to value the relationships that we have built over the years. We can't do this work without the generous contributions of our partner agencies, donors, corporate partners, volunteers, local politicians and communities across Central Alberta.   


Third, we invest locally. The money raised in Central Alberta, stays in Central Alberta. We are investing in your family, your neighbours and your colleagues. We can proudly say that we have been improving lives in Central Alberta for the past 50 years! 


Finally, understanding the impact and necessity of United Way in the community continues to this day. The organization was formed because businesses wanted an easy way to make one investment and know it would result in creating a healthy community where they lived and worked. Today, we continue to improve our communities by investing in the root issues of problems we are facing.   



HighlightsHighlights of Our 50th AGM

We celebrated our 50th Anniversary AGM in style on June 18th at the Pidherney Centre. Everywhere you looked there were reminders of our 50th celebration, including gold and black 50th balloons throughout the venue, and 50th gold chocolate bars on the tables. As a special event, members and guests enjoyed a two course dinner before the business meeting started.  


Highlights of the evening included the  2015 Dalton Skinner award being presented to Mike Gerhardt by Mr. Marty Skinner (Dalton's son) and Mrs. Shirley Skinner (Dalton's wife). Dalton was a founder and long-time volunteer of United Way Central Alberta. 


We then unveiled our 50th Anniversary timeline video narrated by our very own Christine Curtis, which will soon be available to view on our website.  


The evening finished with our special guest speaker from United Way Centraide Canada, Associate Vice President Louise Powell-McCarthy. Her presentation about poverty in Canada and how we need to do more resonated with the audience. She added that United Ways are the best place to make the greatest impact in this area and that we need to make sure donors make that connection.  


The entire evening was beautifully photographed by Dave Brunner Photography and dinner was sponsored by Servus Credit Union. Sincere thanks are due to them and everyone who supported the event.

Louise Powell-McCarthy.
Awards, Awards, Awards... 
We Love to Say "Thank You!"

Our Annual General meeting on June 18th was an evening of milestones. Not only did we celebrate 50 years of service to Central Alberta, we recognized many people for their tireless volunteer efforts.

The Dalton Skinner Award is presented yearly to an outstanding volunteer for their distinguished service and our winner this year is long-time supporter Mike Gerhardt. Mike was a division rep for ... read the full article.   

Co-ChairsWelcome On Board!

We officially welcome four new members to the Board of Directors. Although some have been serving on the Board for some time, they are not official until after the AGM.  

Murray Hagan who works for Alberta Health Services has been our Treasurer since November and will now continue in that role. Laura Maurer works for TransCanada and despite being new to the Board, attended the May 2015 National Conference as a Board delegate. She is also a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Kurt Spady runs Avason Consulting and has been on the board for six months. He is also a member of Governance Committee.David Miller is the site leader at MEGlobal Joffre Site and recently joined the Board after Rocco Schurink was relocated and had to leave.

At the AGM thanks were also given to Cathy Peacocke for her 4 years of service to the Board, although Cathy will not be leaving us completely as she has agreed participate as a Priority Impact Team member during our annual community investment process.

2015 United Way Board Members: (left to right) Murray Hagan, David Miller, Belinda Davies, Darlene Wilson, Laura Maurer, Kerry Bales, Rick Van Hemmen. Centre spot: CEO Robert Mitchell. Absent: Angie Keibel and Kurt Spady.
From Isaac to Lance
The following is a letter from a young boy to his teen mentor at the Youth and Volunteer Centre in Red Deer -- one of United Way's partner agencies:
Lance has been a good mentor to me this year. Together we go to the youth centre every Wednesday. We play puppets together. I like the way he is always funny. With the Lego we build castles like the ones we talked about in school. We built a catapult and shot Lego pieces at each other! Sometimes we go to the gym to play soccer.

On April 23 it was my birthday. I told my teacher that it was the best day ever. When she asked me why, I said, "It was my birthday, we were having music class and Lance my mentor was coming!" Lance is a great friend to me. I can't wait to see him every week.
Wall of Success
The impressive Wall of Success at the Youth and Volunteer Centre, Red Deer
Buffalo2United Way Days is Coming. Get in on the Fun!

United Way Days is a fun promotion that provides an alternative way for small businesses to participate in the annual fundraising campaign. Business owners decide on a promotion that works for their business, run the program for a set period, and donate all or part of the proceeds to the United Way. Of course, we're there to support you every step of the way!


Businesses benefit from the awareness we create around United Way Days' events, and have the opportunity to pick up new customers. For more information on the program, call (403) 343-3900 or email Jennifer.

Participants benefit by having a lot of fun. Keep your ears and eyes open for more information later in the summer.

Of course, we all benefit from the donations that generate impact in Central Alberta communities.
United Way Days Participants
Las Palmeras - Maria Harv, Albino Lemus & Mauricio Ortiz

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In This Issue


Highlights of Our 50th AGM


Awards, Awards, Awards...
We Love to Say "Thank You!" 


Welcome On Board! 


From Isaac to Lance  


United Way Days is Coming.
Get in on the Fun! 


Photo of the Month 


Did you know...?   


Your Dollars at Work   


Cool 50th Anniversary Clothing for Sale  


Save the Date: Tickets on Sale Now 


Don't Forget   


Photo Of The Monthphotoofthemonth 
No one we spoke with seems to know what happened to this Time Capsule. If you remember something about it, please let us know.  
Did you know...?  didyouknow

The 211 database is a useful tool for agencies when helping clients locate services in their local area. Gordon Wright from the John Howard Society tells us he often uses it when a client is on the phone speaking with him.  


So don't forget there are many ways 211 services can make your work easier as well as help people searching for support. Let us know how 211 is helping you.

How to Access 211 Services
All Central Albertans can access 211 online at www.ab.211.ca .

Residents of the City of Red Deer can also dial 211 to get help 24/7 in 150 languages, thanks to the support of our City of Red Deer partner. 
Cool_DudsCool 50th Anniversary Clothing for Sale
To celebrate our 50th anniversary, United Way Central Alberta is offering some very nice branded outerwear for sale. Only the best quality is being offered.

If you're a United Way fan, you might want to acquire a piece of this limited edition finery!

Note these special dates in your calendar.

Thursday, September 10, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Sheraton Hotel
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Starts at 5:30
Location: Pidherney Centre
dontforgetDon't Forget ...
Round Up!

It's just one of the many easy ways you can help your community.

Donate That Old Car
You can Donate a Car to UWCA online, or phone 1-877-250-4904 for assistance.