Kiran Malik-Khan and the hijab

On Saturday, February 21st, Kiran Malik-Khan, Director of Stakeholder Relations at The United Way of Fort McMurray gave the “talk of her life” at TEDxFortMcMurray. She used the platform to effectively promote awareness about the hijab, the traditional head scarf worn by Muslim women. We were very proud of Kiran…

The Redpoll Centre, strengthening organizations and people

The Redpoll Centre on Franklin Avenue has been a successful nonprofit shared space for over 5 years. A professional office environment, made possible by generous support from the Suncor Energy Foundation, The Redpoll Centre has been home to The United Way of Fort McMurray and a number of nonprofit and…

It’s almost Convergence time

A number of years ago, a group of energetic and visionary leaders in the social profit sector came together with the idea of creating a new conference – a confluence of leaders from the sector, community, government, business and industry. Dubbed ConvergenceYMM, the inaugural event was bright (the colour green…

Faith, hope and love

I had heard that the Salvation Army was sprucing up the basement space where the Mat Program resides when we went on a Seeing Is Believing tour in the summer. Kate Penney, the shelter manager, shared with us that after Floyd finished the painting of the room, they would be…

Canadian Natural United Way campaign generates spirit

I took my first trip out to the Canadian Natural Horizon oil sands site to help celebrate the conclusion of their spirited United Way campaign. The event was held in a large cafeteria with a strong contingent of employees in attendance to make their final silent auction purchases and cheer…

United Way volunteer is one of the Stars of Alberta

One of the youth volunteers on our Community Investment Committee has been honoured with a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award. Mitchell Mulhull, a Grade 12 student at Holy Trinity Catholic High School was one of the Youth recipients, and one of only six people in the province to receive this…

Agency interviews are underway

I sat in on the first Agency Support Team interviews of the season, wanting to learn more about the process of how community volunteers steward the dollars that are donated to the United Way. It was an illuminating experience. “This is the third time this group has met to talk…

Agency interview time

Over the next few months, our Community Investment Committee volunteers will be spending hours learning about a variety of charities operating in Wood Buffalo. Many are member agencies applying for renewed funding, others are aspiring to become members. “This is a comprehensive process,” said Muna Yussuf, Community Investment Coordinator. “We…

Calendar celebrates diversity

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is doing a unique fundraising project in support of the 2014 Community Campaign.  Launched at the United Way kick-off event in September, their 2014-2015 calendar celebrates the global diversity of our region. “We have so many cultures and traditions that form the fabric of…

Children First encourages young artists

A one-of-a-kind collection of art will be featured at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery between November 11 and December 5 featuring pieces created by children in care at the Nest in Eagle Ridge and day homes that fall under the auspices of Children 1st, one of our United Way…