Campaign Chair Aims to Leave on a High

Campaign Chair Aims to Leave on a High

Campaign Chair Aims to Leave on a High; United Way Board Welcomes New Leadership

The United Way Perth Huron (UWPH) Campaign Chair Andrew Williams isn’t relaxing just because 2017 is the last year of his three-year mandate.

“United Way continues to work hard to help build strong communities across Perth and Huron,” Williams says. “It’s vital work and none of us can stop pushing until we cross the finish line.”

Announced during a Kick-Off lunch in Stratford and tour across Perth and Huron Counties, the courageous campaign goal of $1.556 million ensures UWPH can maintain funding to existing programs as well as fund new ones.

“We want to be able to tell people that youth in our community will have shelter if they need it, seniors can continue to get rides to appointments, counselling will be available to those who can’t afford to pay and services like 211 are available in times of need,” says United Way Executive Director Ryan Erb, “Every dollar closer to our goal represents tremendous real-world impact and a big step forward.”

Behind the scenes, UWPH is also moving forward. This spring’s Annual General Meeting saw the appointment of a new board president; Wayne Smith is a long-time supporter of United Way. Beginning as a workplace volunteer in the Goderich Champion plant, Wayne soon saw the good done by gathering resources and supporting community based organizations. Since that time, Wayne as served on the Huron United Way Board (prior to amalgamation), on the transitional board and then with UWPH. After taking a short hiatus to be UWPH campaign co-chair in Huron for two years, Wayne returned as board vice-president before taking on the role of board president.

 “I’m so proud to be working with United Way,” Smith says. “Ryan, Andrew, the board, staff and each and every volunteer have helped create a strong, local organization and I look forward to contributing.”

United Way Perth-Huron is 100% local and supports almost 50 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties. To help United Way continue supporting these local services, donations are gladly accepted.  Call 519-271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON  N5A 2M4 or visit

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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

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