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Online auction planned

There are so many examples of people giving what they can to meet community needs. With our campaign projected to fall short of the community need goal by about $1.5 million, staff, board and volunteers are doing everything they can to bridge the gap. We have had a number of…

Impact with Amanda Holloway

Support for individuals living in homelessness

The Centre of Hope was created to help homeless and underemployed individuals in the community overcome barriers through professional assistance, support and advocacy.  Executive Director, Amanda Holloway, joined Russell Thomas on IMPACT to recount her experiences with the centre.   Originally from rural Newfoundland, Amanda was first introduced to the…

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So all kids can play

One of our newer partner agencies is Kidsport Wood Buffalo. A chapter of the national Kidsport organization, this local group has been active for about 7 years. Earlier this year, they brought on Fatima Dhooma as their Chapter Coordinator; she joined us on IMPACT in early October. The former President…

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Embracing life with MS

Over the last couple of years, I’ve watched Crista Watts Baker blossom into an amazing artist, expressing profound ideas through the use of what she calls “Karmatography”. I’ve also watched as she has gone in and out of hospital dealing with flare ups of her relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. I…

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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…

Jason King in studio

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…

D'Andre Wilson-Ihejirika

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…