2021/22 Annual Report - United Way Alberta Capital Region

2021/22 Annual Report

Together, we are creating pathways out of poverty for vulnerable members of our community.

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A Message from the Chair of the Board and the President & CEO

While 2021 was yet another year of continued challenges and changes and start and stops, thanks to the deep compassion, dedication, empathy, and strength of our supporters here in the Edmonton area, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region continued to aid our vulnerable neighbours and work toward building a stronger community for the future.

Despite the shadow of the pandemic, there are many good news stories to celebrate from 2021. Thanks to you, nearly a quarter of a million people in our area who were struggling found needed supports through a United Way initiative or funded program. During a difficult year of on-again-off-again in-classroom study, thousands of students and families in Edmonton’s city centre had access to academic, mental health, nutrition, and other supports through the All in for Youth initiative. In fact, thanks to the growing support of our community over the past year, All in for Youth has now expanded from five schools to eight, connecting local experts with hundreds more students.

Empower U, United Way’s financial literacy education program, was also able to expand by adding a new collaborative partner serving newcomers to Canada, many of whom are from racialized communities. Additionally, 2021 saw many local community agencies stretched beyond thin, but United Way was there to provide backbone support to partners, ensuring they could carry on doing what they do best: providing front-line supports such as food, shelter, mental health counselling, and so much more to our at-risk neighbours.

Last year, we saw our United Way community roll up their sleeves in new ways, which speaks to the willingness and the ingenuity that grew out of 2020. Regardless of the challenges and barriers to being able to convene physically, we witnessed creativity by our community to participate and contribute. Whether wearing a mask while assembling Kid Kits® at the InKind Exchange or Zooming in for a workplace campaign activity, we will look back on this time with pride at how our United Way champions persevered.

Without our advocates, donors, and volunteers, none of this work would have been possible. But there is so much more we can do to help our community recover. Together.

The pandemic disruption has provided an opportunity to lead and to find solutions. With your help, United Way can act on these and many other emerging needs in our community. We will work to address financial and food insecurity that threaten to push more people into poverty. We will be ready to help children succeed in school. We will be prepared to help people build employment skills and financial literacy. As global conflict brings more newcomers and refugees to our area, we will be there to help them find peace and safety in their new home. And we will uplift and strengthen the sector, supporting the frontline agencies so committed to serving those who need support.

And if there is any community who can lead the way, it’s the Capital Region. Thank you for helping make this community one that we are grateful and proud to be a part of.

Todd Gilchrist

Chair, 2021 Board of Directors

Rob Yager

President and CEO

Supporting our Community, Together

United Way works collaboratively across the social services sector, identifying pressing community needs, and implementing the most impactful solutions. Additionally, United Way provides critical backbone support to other local non-profits, enabling them to focus on delivering much needed front-line programs and services.

244,745 people received supports through a United Way funded program.

  • 4,053 individuals received early learning and parenting supports.
  • 26,612 students participated in healthy development programs.
  • 3,470 children participated in nurturing after-school programs.
  • 806 at-risk youth were supported to stay in school.
  • 5,700 people received help filing their income taxes and accessing benefits.
  • 1,025 vulnerable community members received financial literacy training.
  • 1,404 individuals got help obtaining and retaining employment.
  • 66,461 participants accessed healthy meals or food hampers.
  • 591 people received help to obtain or maintain housing.
  • 20,466 community members attended mental health education sessions.
  • 20,466 individuals facing mental health challenges received timely counselling.
  • 2,896 people who experienced domestic violence received caring supports.
  • 90,786 people were connected to needed services by skilled staff.

Our 2021 Campaign Success

This past year, United Way supporters continued to show us the true power of community, rallying together to help vulnerable neighbours through the ongoing pandemic. And we are so grateful you did. It is the collective spirit and compassion of our supporters that ensures our whole community can thrive. Thanks to you, United Way was able to work collaboratively with our outstanding agency partners to deliver resources to more than 244,000 people in need in our region last year! United Way is fortunate to have such an amazing group of individuals and companies who continuously step up with their time and generosity to make this vital work happen.

2022 Audited Financial Statements

Awards of Distinction

These awards are presented to organizations that generate outstanding results in their workplace and corporate campaigns.

Big Idea Award
MacEwan University

Campaign Committee of the Year (under 100 employees)
Delcon Development Group

Campaign Committee of the Year (100+ employees)

Education & Engagement Award
PCL Construction

Employee Campaign Chair of the Year (Private Sector)
Ahmed Elmeligy, Imperial & Unifor Local 21A

Employee Campaign Chair of the Year (Public Sector)
Marta Gomez, Prairies Economic Development Canada (Edmonton)

Everyday Hero Award
City of Edmonton

Funded Partner Campaign
The Family Centre

GenNEXT Award
Wheaton Honda

George Letki Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
Brad Campbell & Jon Holland

Labour Award of Distinction
United Nurses of Alberta

Leading the Way
Alberta Blue Cross

Outstanding Committee Member of the Year
Darlene Bryant, University of Alberta

Small But Mighty Award
MEGlobal Canada Inc.

Welcome to United Way
Northwest Connect General Partnership

Donors & Volunteers

Our Supporters

Partners play an integral role in the implementation of United Way’s work in the region.

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Corporate Supporters

We appreciate the efforts of the companies who help make the Alberta Capital Region a better place to live and work.

The 100K+ Club recognizes companies that, through their workplace giving campaigns, raised over $100,000 in 2021, demonstrating their commitment and passion to make sure no one in our community is left behind.

Alberta Blue Cross
ATB Financial
BMO Financial Group
Canadian Western Bank
Capital Power
Chandos Construction
Dentons Canada LLP
Dow Canada
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
RBC Royal Bank & RBC Foundation

City of Edmonton
TD Bank Group
Wheaton Group of Companies

Costco Wholesale

Imperial Oil & Unifor Local 21A
Shell Scotford
University of Alberta

Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign

Provincial Employees’ United Way Campaign

PCL Construction

Campaign Representatives are seconded to United Way to support more than 400 charitable giving campaigns across the region. During this 16-week term, Campaign Representatives brainstorm solutions, provide advice, facilitate services and resources, and deliver training to thousands of volunteers.

Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission
Alberta Blue Cross
ATCO Electric Ltd
Canada Revenue Agency
Canada Summer Jobs
Government of Alberta
Imperial & Unifor Local 21A
PCL Construction
Service Canada

Since 1978, Labour and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region have worked together to make our community a healthy place to live, work, and raise a family. We are grateful for our Labour partners and their dedication to helping others.

Alberta Federation of Labour
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
Canadian Union of Postal Workers 730 Members/Canada Post Corporation
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Canadian Labour Congress
Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 30
Canadian Union of Public Employees Regional Office
Civic Service Union Local 52 Benevolent Society
Edmonton & District Labour Council
Health Sciences Association of Alberta
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 955
Unifor Local 728A
United Nurses of Alberta

The 50 Years United Club recognizes companies that have partnered with United Way for over 50 years. We are so grateful for our long-standing partners that continue to come together to make meaningful change in our community.

Alberta Health Services
AltaSteel Ltd.
Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.
Apex Utilities Inc. (AUI)
ATCO Electric
ATCO Pipelines & Liquids Global Business Unit
Aviva Insurance Company of Canada
Bissell Centre
BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.
Building Products of Canada Corp.
Canada Life
Canadian Mental Health Association-Edmonton Region
Canadian Pacific Railway
Canadian Western Bank
Celanese EVA Performance Polymers Partnership
Chivers Carpenter Lawyers
College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
Connect Society – Deafness Education Advocacy & Family Services
Crosstown Motors (1982) Ltd.
Crystal Glass Canada Ltd.
Dawson Motors Ltd.
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
Edmonton John Howard Society
Edmonton Public Schools
Edmonton Social Planning Council
Emery Jamieson
Finning Canada
Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd.
General Motors of Canada Company
IBM Canada Ltd.
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 955

Intact Financial Corporation
Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
Jewish Family Services
Ledcor Group
Lilydale Inc., A Sofina Foods Company
Lloyd Sadd Insurance Ltd.
MacEwan University
Manulife Financial
Melcor Developments Ltd.
Metal Fabricators and Welding Ltd.
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.
O’Hanlon Paving Ltd. & The Fath Group
Pattison Outdoor Advertising
PCL Construction
Pembina Pipeline Corporation Sherwood Park
Provincial Employees’ United Way Campaign
RBC Royal Bank
Sobeys West
Spartan Controls Ltd.
Spinal Cord Injury Association Alberta
Staples Canada
Sun Media – A Division of Postmedia Network Inc.
TD Bank Group
The Alberta Teachers’ Association
The Family Centre
Trans Mountain Pipeline
Universe Machine Corporation
Victorian Order of Nurses
Waterloo Mercury Sales (1981) Ltd.
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co.
Wheaton Group
Xerox Canada Ltd.
YMCA of Northern Alberta
YWCA Edmonton


United Way volunteers are committed to creating positive change in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable people. In 2021, more than 1,600 volunteers lent their time and talent to making our community stronger and more resilient. Whether they are constructing community gardens, serving on committees, assembling backpacks of school supplies for kids, or collecting coats and winter gear for families who need it most – our volunteers’ empathy and shared belief that no one should be left behind is at the heart of United Way’s work.

Community volunteers support our Information Services and InKind Exchange.

Bill Paterson
Robin Pawliuk
Cameron Reid
Maurice Richard

Empower U Volunteer Financial Coaches are professional financial planners and practitioners who provide one-on-one support to clients interested in setting and achieving their own financial goals.

Kent Coulter
Andre Donado
Brian Finley
Kathleen Haase
Maegen Kramer
Ola Olowofela
Jodie Stauffer
Dustin Sundby
Troy Tisserand
Jason Watt

Community Stewardship Committee volunteers are community and social service sector experts who are responsible for identifying community needs and evaluating programs that receive United Way funding.

Krista Allan
Andrew Astle
Chris Astle
Ashley Bolduc
Heather Boonstra
Shannon Butler
Jessica Carlson
Kathryn Charr
Vicki Cooke
Brian Dompe
Brandee Fossen
Jody Greidanus
Duane Guthrie
Margot Hagarty
Lorraine Henderson
Jon Holland
Karyn Hurlbut
Shauna Kozak
Andrea Levey
Jennifer Lucas
Azi Maboudi
Masoumeh Maboudi
Mary-Ann McDonald
Ashish Mehta
Felicia Ochs
Dean Ohnysty
Laura Pawlechko
Kairi Pawlick
Sarah Read
Lauren Reid
Jennifer Ribeiro
Stephanie Ricci
Donna Smith
Eric Storey
Leou Tang
Jenny Taylor
Julianne Threlfall
Harriet Tinka
Kalie Van Ree
Walter Walchuk
Jackie Zimmer

The volunteers who make up United Way’s Board of Directors come from business, government, health and social service sectors and the community at large.

Angelina Bakshi
Rob Bennett
Robert de Guzman
Glen Eastwood
John Elford
Bruce Fafard
Todd Gilchrist
Gord Johnston
Catrin Owen
Shannon Peacocke
Chris Pullen
Jamie Pytel
Jocelyn Talvio

Cabinet is a roster of senior-level leaders from all sectors – business, government, post-secondary and labour – who dedicate themselves to leading and delivering a successful campaign.

Corporate Solutions Cabinet
Brad Campbell
Michelle Devlin
Michelle Furlong
Cal Jungwirth
Colin Lechelt
Gregory Wengreniuk
Joel White

GenNEXT Cabinet
Tokunbo Adegbuyi
Jordan Barrett
Alexander Bedard
Lauren Eckstein
Goldy Gill
Megan Jivraj
Radhika Kalra
Andrew Mason
Rebecca Price
Noreen Remtulla
David Sorenson
Caitlyn Tieland

Leadership Gifts Cabinet
Ray Guidinger
Robert Kisteleki
Peter Sinclair
Ruben Thunder

Major Gifts Cabinet
Matt Evans
Lynda Taylor

Small Business Cabinet
Scott Claypool
Chris Eveleigh
Tony Prsa
Eric Reid
Tyler Tollefson

Women United Cabinet
Serena Banman
Evangeline Berube
Danisha Bhaloo-Shivji
Regina Davis
Michelle Furlong
Heather MacCallum
Gail Matheson
Ankita Menon
Corinna Mulyk

Workplace Campaigns Cabinet
Vladimir Ahmad
Scott Arndt
Cheryl Baraniecki
Ryan Barkway
MJ James
Ray Kennedy
Mario Kulas
Anastasia Lim
Shawn McLeod
Robin Murray
Catrin Owen
Pauline Smale
Shawn Thompson
Donavon Young

Through the Mentoring for Success program, Sponsored Campaign Representatives connect with United Way’s most influential Cabinet and Leadership volunteers who provide mentorship through professional and personal development.

Scott Arndt
Glen Eastwood
Chris Eveleigh
Raymond Guidinger
Cal Jungwirth
Colin Lechelt
Linda Maul
Corinna Mulyk
Barbara Penney

Legacy Giving Volunteers connect with individuals who have an interest in supporting United Way with a legacy gift – either through estate planning or starting an endowment for gifts that will be left in perpetuity to better our community.

Lynne Duncan
Fay Orr

Engineering Challenge Committee
Geoff Ballard
Camille Chalifoux
Adam Firth
Kevin Smith
Brent Stang
Heather Toepfer
Jasmine Tohme
Gregory Wengreniuk

GenNext Committee
Tokunbo Adegbuyi
Jordan Barrett
Lauren Eckstein
Goldy Gill
Megan Jivraj
Radhika Kalra
Andrew Mason
Rebecca Price
Noreen Remtulla
Caitlyn Tieland

Financial Pathways Collaborative – Each One Teach One Volunteers
Asad Bajwa
Gladys Balcarce
Melissa Balcarce
Hala Basal
Bernadette Bendfeld
Kelli Bird
Lee Bly
Lena Bou Fakhreddin
Tamara Boyes
Charity Dawson
Aaron Drever
Joshua Duarte
Dirk Durand
Aimee Dyjur
Cynthia Fung
Linda Guenther
Chad Gunraj
Tamsyn Hartlen
Diane Hawrelak
Gregory Hofmann
Jonathan Holland
Sonja Howell
Logan Hutchinson
Atiya Jahan
Lacey Jansen
Craig Jensen
Crystal Johnson
Kyle Kisio
Carrick Lai
Colin Lechelt
Gabriel Lee
Lynette Lohouse
Scott Lundell
Adam Lv
Masoumeh Maboudi
Sarah Macysmic
Christopher Mcintosh
Jinan Melhem
Christine Miller
Nahla Najmeddine
Kirk Nielsen
Barbara Norum
Folake Okusanya
Alexandria Onyedika
Kevin Perry
Kumar Prashant
Anisha Rashid
Chris Rattray
Sarah Read
Jennifer Ribeiro
Samantha Ruryk
Gabi Russ
Saurav Saigal
Adam Schinkinger
Monica Singh
Austin Staub
Ahmad Sunmonu
Ashely Tillenius
Heather Unger
Katie Walker
Khulkar Yusupova

Heartland Challenge Committee
Trevor Brault
Brendan Kaup
Mario Kulas
Alana Seymour
Blaine Shaw
Leah Shaw
Tina Thomas
Nicole Vivian

YEG Downtown Collaboration Committee
Ashley Bolduc
Radhika Kalra
Jacque Lovely
Caroline Lynch
Alicia McKeever
Jimmy Morrison
Miranda Pullen
Terri Stiksma
Shane Tulik

Financial Pathways Collaborative Committee
Gladys Balcarce
Tamara Boyes
Aaron Drever
Logan Hutchinson
Scott Lundell
Alexandria Onyedika
Chris Rattray
Kathleen Walker

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Engaging our Community

211 Alberta

Since its expansion to serve Albertans across the province in June 2020, 211 Alberta has continued to be a vital and valuable means of navigating available – sometimes life-saving – supports.

From affordable housing supports to emergency food hampers, from domestic violence aid to homecare for isolated seniors, 211 users can reach out via phone, text, and chat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drawing on a huge database of resources as well as the expertise of their partners Canadian Mental Health Association, Distress Centre Calgary, and Alberta Health Services, 211 Community Resource Specialists connect Albertans with 35,000 community services and supports at no cost to the user.

In addition, by gleaning insights from 211 data, United Way continues to help identify gaps in the system and emerging or unmet needs that may require additional resources. This is key to informing United Way’s mobilization of collective action – partner agencies, government, and donors – to ensure no one in our community is left behind.

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