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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Connecting with clients

On a recent episode of the IMPACT radio show we featured Amanda Oake and Cynthia Spears from Blue Heron Support Services Association and the Alberta Brain Injury Network. These front-line life changers have an indelible connection to their clients that was clearly demonstrated during the fire and evacuation of 2016…

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…

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)…