It’s all about people

Cecilia Mutch’s career, though varied – geographically and sector-wise, has always been primarily about people. The new Executive Director of The United Way of Fort McMurray, Cecilia assumed the reins following the retirement of Diane Shannon at the beginning of December. She previously spent almost a decade at the Long…

I wanted to make a difference

When Angie Chinguwo (Team Lead with HIV North Society) was a young girl growing up in Zimbabwe, she heard about a centre in her community where they were helping people who had gone from being HIV positive to full blown AIDS, and were in the last stages of their lives….

Jersey auction is on

Ian Seggie has a knack for making unexpected celebrity connections. Spend any time with him and you’ll hear amazing stories of how his former broadcasting career and interest in popular culture have led to close encounters with stars ranging from Carrie Fisher, Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox. Like the…

Image of HOME

Throughout the 2016 Community Campaign, we used a stunning image of Fort McMurray as our backdrop to drive of meeting community need.  The artist behind the image is Graham Whatmough.  His gift in capturing the beauty of the community, even after the fire, is truly remarkable.  We thought you might…

Retirement reflections from Diane

Someone recently sat across my desk and said “Diane – you should write a book”, a book sharing the amazing journey the community benefit sector has been travelling over the last few years… As I plan my retirement, I have a lot of plans which involve beaches, grandbabies, and some…

Diane Shannon honoured at VIP Red Carpet Reception

United Way volunteers were in the spotlight at last night’s VIP Red Carpet Reception, the annual volunteer recognition event held in the Shell Place Ballroom. Members of the Board, Community Investment Committee and Workplace Campaigns in attendance were presented with a thank you plaque featuring the iconic HOME image created…

6 months after the fire

As we arrive at the sixth month anniversary of the evacuation of Fort McMurray, the United Way is pleased to report that the generosity of Canadians, Albertans and residents of Wood Buffalo is hard at work in the community. About $3.75 million dollars was pledged through the United For Fort…

The 88,000 Project

Heather and I sat down on the Thanksgiving Day weekend and worked on our submissions for The 88,000 Project, the brainchild of Ashley Tobin. We each started with a blank piece of copy paper and finished with two very different submissions for this innovative project. People who went through the…

Generosity making a difference

There are a number of distribution centres in our community, helping with the disbursement of donated goods being managed by ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency). Millions of items are being stored in a large warehouse in Edmonton and shipped to the community on an as-needed basis. One such location…

Fire money vs campaign money

In the months following the evacuation of our communities, and the subsequent re-entry, The United Way of Fort McMurray has been engaged in two substantial pieces of work. On the one hand, we have been collecting donations from across Alberta, Canada and the U.S. for the Fire Recovery Fund. On…