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Meet the Campaign Chair

Steve Yatauro is the Chair of the 2017 United Way Community Campaign. He has been spending a lot of hours preparing the the Herculean fundraising effort by attending planning meetings, going on Seeing is Believing tours, and doing Days of Caring. Steve has a lot of passion for the work…

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Feeling is knowing

“Seeing is believing, but feeling is knowing,” said Cayley Tkach, during his acceptance remarks at the recent Community Building Awards. Cayley was the co-chair of the Shell Albian Sands campaign with Cathy Steeves for the 2015 and 2016 community campaigns and they won the 2016 Groundbreaker Award. Cathy talked a…

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CNRL does a Day of Caring for seniors

Last year, I began at The United Way of Fort McMurray as a Community Impact Planner; it was a summer placement position that helped me apply the knowledge I gained through my university classes to real life situations. In my brief time at the United Way, Days of Caring quickly…

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Connecting with clients

On a recent episode of the IMPACT radio show we featured Amanda Oake and Cynthia Spears from Blue Heron Support Services Association and the Alberta Brain Injury Network. These front-line life changers have an indelible connection to their clients that was clearly demonstrated during the fire and evacuation of 2016…

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Leading social recovery

One of the young leaders stepping up to be a champion of recovery in our community is Chantal Beaver. In addition to being Executive Director of The Hub Family Resource Centre and sitting on a number of boards, she is also Chair of the Social Recovery Task Force and the…

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Help for the uninsured and under-insured

As residents of Fort McMurray returned to the city after last year’s evacuation and registered with the Canadian Red Cross, over 300 households that experienced a total loss identified that they had no insurance. There are many more households who have discovered that they were under-insured. Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)…

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Heartfelt generosity

Honda Kunimistu was having a tough year. The logging job that he had wasn’t going very well and he was struggling to make ends meet for his family. Faye Street, a former employer, described Honda as being a hard worker who learned how to be a faller, buckerman and teamster…

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Champion of Accessibility

Stephanie Myrick spends her days advocating for accessibility. She is the Regional Program Coordinator with Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, one of our member agencies. The clients that she advocates for have mobility challenges and getting around the community of Fort McMurray is not always easy when you’re trying to do…

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100 Faces of United Way

This summer, we will launch a new campaign called 100 FACES OF UNITED WAY. Each day, for 100 days, we will feature United Way people on our social media sites.  We want to have representation from donors, volunteers, agencies, workplace campaigns, and most importantly, people of all ages who have…

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Caring for seniors

Being able to host the IMPACT radio program every week, gives me a unique opportunity to get to learn about people in our community making a profound difference through their work and volunteerism in the social profit sector. As a fellow tenant at The Redpoll Centre, I get to see…