Funding focuses on human care

The United Way Board of Directors has approved funding allocations for 2016-2017 to a total of 30 agencies, four more than last year. The increase in the number of organizations requesting funding and a reduction in the amount of money raised during the community campaign meant that difficult decisions had…

Challenging times, extraordinary results

As the final workplace campaigns come to an end and more fundraising totals get reported, the Community Campaign goal of meeting community needs remains in sharp focus. “With the extraordinary total announced by Shell Albian Sands last week, we have come within 15-percent of our target,” said Marty Giles, 2015…

United Way adds strength to Board

Three new directors have joined the Board of The United Way of Fort McMurray. Industry professionals Tony Mankowski, Steve Yatauro and Mike Teshima are part of a governance team led by President Ben Dutton. “We are delighted to welcome Tony, Steve and Mike to the United Way,” said Ben Dutton….

Wilson gives legacy gift

Businessman and community builder John Wilson has made a $10,000 contribution to the United Way community fund. “It is so easy to give to the United Way because it serves so many acute needs in the community,” said Wilson. “Campaign Chair Marty Giles and I sit on the Vista Ridge…

Campaign gains momentum

Three major workplace campaigns wrapped up this week, getting the United Way closer to its goal of being able to meet community needs. With preliminary totals in from Nexen ULC, Syncrude Canada Ltd. and Suncor Energy, the 2015 Community Campaign has almost reached $5.5 million, or 68-percent of the $8…

Campaign gains momentum

With three weeks to go in the United Way community campaign, momentum is building with generosity in abundance. “We are thrilled to announce that we will be adjusting our thermometers to the 48-percent mark,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director. “We are so grateful for the generosity we are witnessing, especially…

Campaign nears 25-percent

The United Way Community Campaign began just over four weeks ago and the first significant total has been announced. “We are thrilled to share that the campaign is gaining momentum,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director. “Our preliminary numbers indicate that we have already raised 23-percent of our goal. As we…

Agency funding requests at an all-time high

As the first round of agency applications for United Way funding came to a close, predictions of greater needs in the community have come true with the largest cumulative ask in the organization’s 37-year history. “We saw a significant increase of over a million dollars, or 15-percent, in total requests…

New staff at United Way

With the kick-off of the 2015 Community Campaign just a few weeks away, The United Way of Fort McMurray is pleased to introduce a number of new faces to its team. “We’ve had some great people move on to other opportunities over the summer months,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director….

Diane Shannon – a woman of inspiration

While Diane Shannon knew that she was being honoured along with 11 other amazing women at the Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s third annual Women of Inspiration event on June 21, what she didn’t know was the surprise her fiancé Roger had arranged. Diane’s mother, children and grandchildren had traveled…