Wood Buffalo has done it again! The local United Way campaign generated the highest level of giving on a per capita basis in the country, for the 8th consecutive year. The total raised was $7,886,000, or $86,000 over the Campaign target.
“This speaks volumes about who we are as a community,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director, United Way of Fort McMurray. “The almost 7,000 individuals who donated to the 2013 Community Campaign, as well as the many thousands who took part in special events, truly believe that change starts here.”
The news was shared during the annual Community Building Awards that took place June 18 in the Keyano Recital Theatre. Individual and corporate donors, along with employee campaigns were honoured.
Community Campaign Chair, Andy Carter, shared some remarkable stats about the 2013 Campaign.
“Of the 7,000 individuals and families who contributed, 2,423 of these were at the Leader Level of $1,000 or higher,” he said. “That said, every donation counts, whether it’s a gift of time or funds. Because of you, thousands of people in our community can access critical programs and services that help them achieve a better quality of life.”
A number of special awards were presented, recognizing outstanding achievement in the 2013 Community Campaign. CAT the Rental Store co-chairs Haily Blank and Crystal Hulme received the Pillar Award. CNRL’s co-chairs Lara Rowlands and Samantha Slater were the recipients of the Cornerstone Award. The Blueprint award for developing an outstanding strategic plan for workplace involvement went to Chris Stucco and Paul Taylor, campaign chairs for Finning Canada. The distinction named in honour of the founder of the United Way of Fort McMurray, the Maryann Warren Foundation award, was present to Syncrude, for their consistent support that goes all the way back to the first kick-off breakfast in 1979.
Ben Dutton, President of the United Way of Fort McMurray board of directors, was pleased to present the prestigious President’s Award to the large-sized corporation that attained the highest employee participation.
“While the race was close, I am pleased to once again present the award to Suncor Energy,” he said. “Their participation was an outstanding 54-percent.”
“The phenomenal growth of our campaign over the past few years has helped ensure that we are able to meet the growing financial needs of our member agencies and programs,” said Dutton. “We should all be proud of this great success; everyone contributed to it.”