Chantal Beaver e

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…

Ross Penner

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)…

Honda Meg Koa and Michelle Kunimistu

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…

Stephanie Myrick on IMPACT

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…

100 faces of united way

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…

Luana Bussieres

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…

IMPACT with Jo-Anne

Breaking cycles and helping families

One of the advantages of getting to host a weekly radio show like IMPACT is that I get to learn a lot about the leaders, volunteers and front-line life changers in our social profit sector. On February 14th, I spent a half-hour with Jo-Anne Packham, Executive Director of the Wood…

Tara Clarke

SPCA: going above and beyond for pets

For the staff of the Fort McMurray SPCA, their wildfire story began 48 hours ahead of most of the rest of the community.  They actually evacuated on Sunday, May 1st, as the Gregoire area was under an evacuation order.   “We spent hours on the phone finding foster placements for…

Linda Sovdi portrait

Providing support through grief and loss

Linda Sovdi is the Health and Wellness Manager for Some Other Solutions, one of our United Way partner agencies. She has been working in the area of grief and loss in a number of different roles over the last 20 years. Linda was a guest on the IMPACT radio show…

Opportunity Fire Recovery Projects Coordinator

Opportunity – Fire Recovery Projects Coordinator

Fire Recovery Projects Coordinator HOURS: Full Time 1 Year Contract 35 Hours per week Position Description: Under the direction of The United Way of Fort McMurray Executive Director, this position will ensure the efficient and effective utilization of the United for Fort McMurray Wildfire Funds raised by The United Way of…