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Talent Search focuses on the gift in the giving

We’re breaking new ground with the first ever United Way Family Day on September 30th from 11 am to 3 pm. It’s something completely new to us: bringing the community together in the middle of the annual campaign. The Nexen Activity Field House at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre on…

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A return to servant leadership

When Jason King walks into the office at Some Other Solutions (SOS) every morning, it feels like he has found his professional home. He is the organization’s relatively new Executive Director, having assumed the role back in May. Jason was our guest on IMPACT on August 29th; he shared his…

Angela Wang

Youth leader and innovator

Our Community Investment Committee is made up of volunteers from all aspects and ages of our community, including young people. On a recent edition of IMPACT, I had a chance to sit down with Angela Wang, a recent graduate from Westwood Community High School, the class valedictorian and a United…

Ann Reilly

New book helps children move forward

Each resident of Fort McMurray has a unique account of May 3rd, 2016; the day an out-of-control wildfire, nicknamed “The Beast,” ravaged the city and forced a mass evacuation. Though each experience is different, everyone at some level was affected, including the youth of Fort McMurray. Ann Reilly was a…

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An engineer’s infectious passion

I first saw D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika at the Heart of Wood Buffalo Awards a number of years ago. That year, she was the recipient of the Newcomer Engagement Award. I didn’t get the chance to meet her that night, but I remember getting this overwhelmingly positive feeling about the impact she…

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100 Days | 100 Faces

Each day for 100 days, beginning tomorrow and going until the end of the 2017 Community Campaign, we will feature 100 Faces of United Way. Why? Great question. We had a little fun with this short video teaser. A 14 year old youth volunteer put this together for us. Each…

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Seeing is Believing tour shows impact

Seeing is Believing tours are a great way to see first-hand where United Way donations are being invested in the community. The tours are generally made up of visits to three United Way member agencies, where participants get a behind-the-scenes look at the daily activities and challenges that the agencies…

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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…