My commitment to the sector really began with my role at a United Way funded agency - E4C, where I was able to make an impact with projects such as the Kids in the Hall Bistro and the Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre in Edmonton’s historic flatiron building.
It was a natural progression in my career to join United Way in 2000 and I have enjoyed my work immensely as I manage projects and engage with so many amazing staff and volunteers. The people I work with are smart, committed and professional. I am never happier than when I am problem solving and talking through solutions with my colleagues at work. I love working with and leading team members inside our organization so that together, we can help improve the lives of others.
My work at United Way has been demanding and interesting; feeding my passion to make things better. I love my work because I know it really matters – to the people I work with and to the people in our community – and that means a lot to me!
Earl, Manager, Inkind Exchange
I started my career with United Way in 2005, previously working in transportation and logistics in the private sector. I manage United Way’s InKind Exchange, where we help connect the business sector with community, through inkind giving.
The most rewarding aspect of my role is knowing that the work I do will help improve the lives of people in our community, by helping to create pathways out of poverty.
I work with a close knit group of people who share the same values, which is important to me. The passion my team has is inspiring to me, and I enjoy coming to work each day.
The organization has provided me with internal and external training through various courses to ensure success in my role. The management team is very supportive and provides me with excellent mentorship. It is a privilege to work for an organization that is committed to bringing improvement to our community.
Sheilah, Manager, Community Investment Stewardship
I started working for the Community Building and Investment department in 2006. Professionally, I take pride in the work that our organization is doing to make our community a better place. I appreciate being able to work with diverse groups both internally and in the community as part of my daily responsibilities at United Way. I work with a great team and my job is very rewarding.
This organization is family friendly and supportive of overall wellbeing, both things I personally value. Our comprehensive benefits package, competitive vacation time policy and Christmas and summer hours are all very important to me as the mother of a young child. This office facility has an on-site gym and is very close to the river valley which allows me to be active during my lunch hour. In addition, there are opportunities such as yoga, art lessons and professional training for personal development.
I’m very happy to work for an organization that aligns with both my professional and personal values.
Allan, Vice President, Community Building and Investment
I’ve been with United Way since September 2008. Previously, I had spent 15 years of my life working in the not-for-profit sector, at both local and national levels. The opportunity to work for this organization, which is focused on addressing issues in the region where I live, was extremely appealing to me.
Joining the United Way team also represents a logical progression for me in my career. From an agency perspective, I’ve been on the receiving end of United Way funds/support, and have seen first-hand the difference United Way’s contributions make on behalf of people in need. The chance to be on the ‘giving’ side, as a funder, partner, and community mobilizer, was something I couldn’t pass up.
Starting out as Director of the Community Building and Investment team, and now as Vice President, I have had the honour of working alongside many of the Alberta Capital Region’s great social service organizations. The people who commit their lives to these agencies, and the individuals and families they serve, are extraordinary! They inspire me, and indeed our entire organization, to do our very best to support their work each and every year!
I’m grateful to United Way for giving me the chance to contribute to making Edmonton and surrounding communities a better place to live for everyone. The people who work here are amazing and it’s such a privilege to be part of the United Way team! My time here has provided me with many rewarding opportunities and I’ve been able to learn so much along the way.
I am privileged to be a part of this great organization. United Way has great values and many compassionate, caring people.
At United Way, we are respectful, understanding, and accommodating to individual needs. We are not perfect, but we are gently guided to be the best that we can be.
I believe that sharing knowledge is what makes you the person that you become – our staff are kept informed and educated on new directions that make a difference in our community.
It would be impossible for United Way to exist if it were not for the generosity of our wonderful donors and volunteers, to me this is a great quality – giving to help someone in need.
My experience working at United Way has made me a better person.
Helen, Human Resources Specialist
I joined the Organizational Development team almost five years ago; I was excited to be a part of a recognized organization that has a history of providing needed support to the community. My values of improving social conditions were in direct alignment with United Way’s mission and my role as a Human Resources Specialist allows me to contribute to overall organizational effectiveness.
I am thankful for the mentorship I have received from my supervisor and enjoy the broad scope of work and special project involvement. I especially love the on going opportunities to interact with a variety of people within my recruitment and training role. Our collaborative team work approach and opportunities to share and learn from one another is also appreciated.
I believe our physical workspace reflects the people that work here – open, bright and colourful!
Nancy, Coordinator, Communications
I was thrilled when United Way hired me in October 2010 as Coordinator, Communications for the Community Engagement team. My main role is planning the campaign events, including Kick-off and Red Tie Gala. I really enjoy the creative aspect of my job and the planning process required. It’s rewarding when an event raises awareness about our work, recognizes community support and entertains those who attend.
Our team atmosphere is very upbeat, positive and collaborative. Both my direct supervisor and the vice-president of our department are excellent mentors with extensive communications experience. I enjoy coming to work and love my role here! The work United Way does in our community is aligned with my own values. Every-one deserves the opportunity for a better life and sometimes we all need a little help.