Annual General Meeting Celebrates Impact

The United Way of Fort McMurray held its annual general meeting tonight looking back on its successful 2014 Community Campaign, the community investment process, and looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

President Ben Dutton noted great strides that were made in focussing on the impact of United Way funded agencies.

“The work that is done by agencies to support children, families and seniors is what this is all about,” said Dutton. “The impact of the donations that come into the United Way is profound and is felt every single day in this region. We have added new communication tools that have helped us share this message more effectively.”

The Community Campaign, which set out to raise $8 million during a period of falling oil prices, actually exceeded its target.

“We saw a renewed effort to communicate the reason for giving,” said Andy Carter, 2014 Community Campaign Chair. “Not only did campaign volunteers do a great job telling our story, they became champions for our member agencies.”

Directors new to the Board were introduced, including Caitlin Hanly, Lisa Hilsenteger and Lori McDaniel, and Bryce Kumka and John Evans were elected for their second three-year terms.

Funding allocations for 2015-2016 were announced including the addition of three new member agencies: Legacy Counselling Centre, MS Society and St. Aidan’s Society. A number of new funded programs with existing member agencies were also announced.

“A lot of great things are happening,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director. “As we begin this new funding cycle and look ahead to the exciting, yet challenging, Community Campaign to come, we are getting ready for our move to Shell Place in late May.”

The United Way of Fort McMurray, anchor tenant of The Redpoll Centre, is in the final stages of planning for a move from the current location on Franklin Avenue to the second floor at Shell Place.

“We look forward to being joined by about 15 different social profit and sports organizations when we officially open the doors to The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place,” said Shannon. “The shared space model has been a great success, thanks in part to support from the Suncor Energy Foundation, over the last six years. This new space is going to provide an excellent environment for strengthening an even larger number of community benefit organizations.”

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