United Way to welcome Jo-Anne Packham

The United Way of Fort McMurray has announced the hiring of a new Director of Community Impact and Development. Jo-Anne Packham, currently the Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Wellness Society and the Mark Amy Treatment Centre, will be moving into her new role effective November 1st. “We are enormously…

Annual Tools for School Campaign is on

One of the capacity building initiatives of the United Way is the annual Tools for School program. In partnership with the local Staples store, this program is intended to help families experiencing financial hardship get their children equipped for school. “When you are struggling to pay the bills and keep…

CBAs celebrate donors and champions

The United Way of Fort McMurray presented its Community Building Awards at a reception held last night at Shell Place. It was an evening to thank individual and family donors, workplace campaigns and corporations. “Our donors are foundational to everything we do as an organization,” said Tony Mankowski, President of…

Fire Recovery Fund Update

The United Way of Fort McMurray has released an update on their Fire Recovery Fund one year after the evacuation of the community. The document, available for download by clicking here, reports back to donors on how the nearly $4.5 million in donations is helping in the recovery process of…

Annual General Meeting celebrates resilience

The United Way of Fort McMurray held its Annual General Meeting on March 29 at The Redpoll Centre. As Tony Mankowski, Board President, reflected on 2016, he noted that the sector was facing major challenges months before the wildfire. “Resiliency became a very important word as we re-entered our community…

Campaign total announced

The United Way has announced the final total of their 2016 Community Campaign during a media conference held this morning at The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place. Campaign Chair, Colin Hartigan, delivered the good news. “We were at $5.8 million when we left for Christmas,” said Hartigan. “To be talking…

New ED announced, leadership transition begins

The United Way board of directors has hired their new Executive Director. Cecilia Mutch will be transitioning into the leadership role in anticipation of the retirement of current Executive Director Diane Shannon. Mutch is a nine-year resident of Wood Buffalo with a long and distinguished career in strategic leadership, organizational…

Campaign strives to meet needs

The community campaign continues to gain momentum and get closer to the goal of meeting community needs. After three major campaigns announced their totals over the last few weeks, the current total is around $5.6 million, or 70-percent of the $8 million need. “Congratulations to Syncrude, Suncor and Shell for…

Campaign over 50 percent

The United Way’s Community Campaign is over 50-percent of the way to its goal of meeting community needs. Just over $4 million has been pledged so far, or 52-percent of the $8 million target. “This is a great place to be with four weeks to go,” said Colin Hartigan, 2016…

Abundance of gratitude

As the community of Fort McMurray heads into this Thanksgiving long weekend, there is a lot to be thankful for. At the United Way, we are thankful for the generosity of Albertans and Canadians who have given us the ability to help many agencies who are deeply engaged in the…