Announced at United Way Spirit of Community Celebration
On Thursday night 250 guests, dignitaries, businesses, local supported partners, clients, donors and volunteers came together to celebrate a night of community awards, impact stories of lives changed and the report on how donor dollars are being invested. With dinner generously provided by the Hayter family, guests enjoyed a delicious buffet, awards and stories at the Best Western Arden Park Hotel as their donations came to life.
Moving stories from local supported partners inspired guests. Amber Williams, a mother of 6 from Exeter spoke of the positive impact the Huron County Recreational, Art and Sports Program had on her children. The program helps those that may not be able to afford registration, equipment or transportation costs for recreational and arts activities.
Alex Wreford spoke of the new Choices for Change program offered in Listowel. Crossing Bridges is a drop in centre for high risk youth that provides a safe, substance free environment where youth can receive support with their mental health and/or substance use, be connected to community resources, access food and computer services for housing and job searches, and to become involved in substance free, healthy activities while working towards personal goals.
For just the second time in United Way Perth-Huron’s history, over $1.2 million dollars was raised, totalling $1,211,487 to the delight of all present. Andrew Williams, Campaign Chair shared, “The support we have received right across Huron and Perth throughout the campaign has been heartwarming,” said Williams. “People get it….they understand that we are all stronger when we step up….when we all commit to be part of the solution, the quality of life for everyone improves,” stated Williams. Williams went on to recognize the incredible dedication and work of the Campaign Cabinet Volunteers in their respective divisions of Agriculture, Business, Commerce, Community Service, Education, Health Care, Industry, Labour, Municipal and Professional.
Local organisations honoured included top workplace donor Scotiabank followed by the LCBO and Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance. Top workplace participation went to EFS Plastics Inc., top sponsor to Ideal Supply and corporate spirit to Bemac Construction. Volunteers recognised for Spirit Awards were Wayne Smith, Norma MacDonald, Terri Sparling, Ross Daly, Luann Strasser and Amanda Dobson.
Ryan Erb, Executive Director shared with the audience that it was the most successful year in the history of United Way Perth-Huron, calling it: Our Biggest Impact Ever! “Not only did we support 47 different partners to deliver important human service programs, but we helped the Local Community Food Centre reach sustainability and graduate as a stand-alone charity, launched the “i-VOLUNTEER Perth-Huron” virtual volunteer system, opened Crossing Bridges for at risk youth in Listowel and launched the beta “myperthhuron.ca” well-being community indicator service. The United Way helped thousands and thousands of people right here, while making it a better place for everyone. We have great reason to celebrate!” Erb added “While it was our greatest year ever and raised a substantial amount of money, had we been able to achieve our goal we’d also be able to open a new program for Newcomer support services throughout both counties and extend the positive re-integration program at the Stratford Jail, operated by The John Howard Society.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory helped bring a “Sweeter Ending” to the campaign, with unique chocolate incentives for new March donations and provided the guests at the celebration with “United Way” Chocolate.
United Way Perth-Huron, Spirit of Community Celebration 2017 was generously sponsored by Best Western Arden Park Hotel, The Hayter Family, Famme & Co Professional Corporation, Mornington Communications, Shelley Lee Photography and the Stratford Accelerator Centre. Additional support was donated by Stratford Festival and Local 357 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
For more information or to set up an interview with Ryan Erb, Executive Director, please call 1-877-818-8867 or 519-271-7730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.