On March 6, 2023 community leaders, donors and volunteers gathered to celebrate the 2022 United Way campaign as well as the support, generosity and spirit that makes United Way so important in our community.
2022 was a year of transition for United Way Central Alberta (UWCA). In addition to its traditional fundraising campaign, outreach and community collaboration, UWCA undertook a complete update of its Strategic Plan and Community Impact Strategy to best position itself to improve lives in the region in the next three years of post-pandemic recovery.
These updates ensure United Way Central Alberta can best deliver on our new vision of creating thriving communities where everyone can reach their potential and our new mission of strengthening vital connections that support people in need across our communities.
Despite an extremely challenging economic environment, over $1,608,000 was raised locally over the past year through workplace campaigns and individual donations. These funds will provide much needed resources to our local social sector.
United Way Central Alberta is also delivering $997,000 into the hands of non-profits and charities across our region as part of the federal government Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF). Applications are currently under review with the funds being delivered to non-profits in our region in July of this year.
Through CSRF applications, UWCA had just under $1 million to give to our region but fielded $2.5 million in requests. That discrepancy between requests and money to deliver speaks to the need in our community.
With multi year community grant applications opening on March 13, 2023, we know we will have more requests than what we have to give. We see the need and challenges faced by our social sector first hand and they are not taken lightly. Every effort is being made to ensure that as many dollars as possible will be invested directly into our community and our new Community Impact strategy will ensure we make the greatest impact in the areas of the greatest need.
Our utmost thanks goes out to every workplace, business, or person who donated to United Way this past year. The impact we have in our region is only possible because of you and all of the hard work and passion you dedicate to United Way.
We are also extremely grateful for our volunteers who make our work possible. This includes our Campaign Cabinet, Community Impact Council, Board of Directors, DEI Committee, GenNext and our Scotch Committee. Thank you to each and everyone one of you for choosing to share your time and talent with us.
We hold such appreciation for our United Way Client Ambassadors. They are some of our bravest and most helpful champions. United Way funds programs delivered by local agencies. Our Client Ambassadors are people who have been personally impacted by these programs, and throughout campaign and the whole year, these folks help connect donors to the impact of their dollars. They share their stories to let people know how the programs, that receive your donations, have helped them and made their lives better.
The evening program also included presenting our 2022 United Way Central Alberta campaign awards. These awards celebrate the support, generosity and spirit that makes United Way so important in our community. Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners! We are so thankful for all that you do.
2022 United Way Campaign Award Winners
Award of Excellence
These awards are presented to the 2022 workplace campaigns that raised the most dollars for United Way Central Alberta.
- NOVA Chemicals – Joffre
- MEGlobal – Prentiss
- INEOS Canada Partnership – Joffre
This award is presented to the organization who used new and innovated ideas to generate big payoffs for the United Way and building a stronger community together.
Winner: Dow Canada – Prentiss Site
Rising Star Award
This award is presented to the workplace campaign that generated significant increase in donors and dollars over the previous year.
Winner: INEOS Canada Partnership – Joffre
Outstanding Employee Campaign Chair Award
This award is presented to the ECC that showed innovation, teamwork, and enthusiasm in the promotion and executing of their workplace campaign – achieving stronger than expected results in the workplace.
Winner: Kayle Yonkman | MEGlobal – Prentiss
Local Love Award
This award is presented to a local organization that demonstrated excellence in the execution of their workplace campaign and support of United Way.
Winner: Scott Builders Inc.
Education and Engagement Award
This award is presented to the organization or community initiative that increased awareness of community needs and the mission of United Way and the impact donations have on our community.
Winner: NOVA Chemicals – Joffre
Funded Partnership Award
This award is presented to the United Way Funded Partner that has shown outstanding partnership and collaboration throughout the past year.
Winner: COSMOS Red Deer
Everyday Hero Award
This award recognizes organizations that have demonstrated excellence in engaging their customers with the impact of United Way and the work of improving local lives.
Winner: Central Alberta Co-op Ltd.
Community Builder Award
This award recognizes a business that takes action all year round to show their local love to make a positive impact in their community.
Winner: MNP LLP
Video by Jess Andrykew, TBC Media