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Home / Awards of Distinction / 2023 Awards of Distinction Recipients
A staple of United Way of the Alberta Capital Region for over 30 years, the annual Red Tie Gala event celebrates and recognizes the hard work and community spirit witnessed and delivered during the previous year’s fundraising campaign.
After two years of virtual events, Red Tie Gala returned to an in-person format on March 16, 2023. We’re grateful for everyone who joined in celebration of the hard work and community spirit witnessed and delivered during the previous year’s fundraising campaign.
Red Tie Gala honours recipients of the Awards of Distinction, recognizing those exceptional individuals and groups who embrace the notion that ordinary people have the potential to achieve extraordinary impact.
The Award of Excellence is a recognition award presented to organizations in the Alberta Capital Region that raised more than $1,000,000 in 2022.
2023 Recipient: PCL Construction
PCL takes pride in building strong and healthy communities locally and across North America. In fact, last fall PCL was awarded the National Community Champion Award from United Way Canada!
With the leadership of this year’s Employee Campaign Chair, Allie Tucker, PCL built on their legacy of giving back with an incredible campaign, seeing 94 per cent of staff participate and raising more than $2 million! Way to go, PCL team!
This award is presented to the Workplace Campaign Committee that showed innovation, teamwork and enthusiasm in the promotion/execution of the workplace campaign and achieved stronger than expected results in the workplace.
2023 Recipient (over 100 employees): PCL Construction
PCL’s “We’ll be There for You” campaign theme was a promise from campaign committee members who were eager to bring employees together again with an interactive and educational experience. Food Truck Fridays, a Central Perk inspired event space, a Friends parody video, and more made for an unforgettable campaign that surpassed its fundraising goal and recorded the highest employee participation in PCL’s history. Congratulations, PCL!
2023 Recipient (under 100 employees): MEGlobal Canada ULC
Understanding how difficult the past few years have been for people in our community, MEGlobal Fort Saskatchewan focused their campaign on education of how United Way helps people in need. By adapting their campaign approach to a participation and knowledge-based strategy – the MEGlobal campaign committee saw increased employee engagement and recorded the second highest donation year in the organization’s United Way campaign history. Well done, MEGlobal!
This award is presented to the organization or individual whose new and innovative idea generated a big payoff for United Way and poverty eradication in our community.
2023 Recipient: United Way GenNEXT Cabinet
Oral story telling is an ancient and powerful means of connecting people. The Peace Out Poverty podcast shares stories of marginalized people in the Alberta Capital Region that are critical to building empathy and hope among listeners in their 20s and 30s. The GenNEXT team’s hours of research, scripting, recording, and editing culminates in inclusive stories of vulnerable people told with dignity and respect. Way to go, GenNEXT!
2023 Recipient: RUNWITHIT Synthetics
RWI Synthetics is an Edmonton start-up that uses Artificial Intelligence to simulate individual human behaviours in populations. RWI’s team undertook a hackathon centered on United Way’s All in For Youth program. Using AI and synthetic modelling technology, RWI aimed to project the future impact of All in for Youth’s wraparound supports in the City of Edmonton – from a city-wide, neighbourhood, family, and even individual perspective. Incredible work, RWI – congratulations!
This award is presented to an initiative that increased awareness of community needs and the impact of United Way donations, showed excellence in coordinating and motivating others and achieved stronger than expected results.
2023 Recipient: Heartland Challenge Group
A commitment to raising awareness of the issue of domestic violence is what fueled the work of more than 65 volunteers from 10 companies participating in United Way’s Heartland Challenge project at A Safe Place. Volunteers worked tirelessly to physically transform the emergency shelter into a warm, welcoming, and hopeful space, while learning more about the services provided to those experiencing domestic violence. Bravo, Heartland Challenge team!
This award is presented to the United Way Funded Partner campaign that showed outstanding commitment, dedication and creativity executing their own United Way employee campaign.
2023 Recipient: Jewish Family Services Edmonton
Though it was a challenging year marked by a building fire, office moves, and evolving pandemic work arrangements, funded partner Jewish Family Services was resolute in their belief in giving back to community no matter the circumstances. Making their United Way workplace campaign a priority, the organization ensured staff were engaged in learning about the needs in community and ultimately raised more funds than originally anticipated. Incredible commitment, Jewish Family Services!
This award is presented to the organization or community initiative that specifically engages the next generation of community leaders (40 and under) in the work of United Way and poverty eradication in our community.
2023 Recipient: Enbridge
Enbridge’s GenNEXT committee volunteers successfully delivered an engaging, educational, and impactful campaign event targeted at young professionals. The event focused on the issue of food security and featured impact speakers from the Edmonton Food Bank, United Way, and Enbridge. More than 50 employees attended the event and dozens signed up on the spot for volunteering opportunities in the community!
The Labour Awards of Distinction is given in recognition of the commitment of labour groups to investing in our community through United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.
2023 Recipient: CUPE Local 3550, whose members are Edmonton Public School Board Support Staff
CUPE 3550 represents all Edmonton Public School support staff. In addition to members working tirelessly to support our school system, this past year they signed onto United Way’s Period Promise pledge, supported our Coats for Kids and Families campaign, and other community initiatives. CUPE 3550 members have a long history of giving back to the community no matter what challenges are thrown their way.
This award is presented to organizations that have demonstrated outstanding support of the Leaders of the Way program. The candidates have shown creativity and excellence in the execution of a Leadership giving ($1,200-$9,999) campaign, and have achieved a significant increase in Leadership donors and dollars over the previous year.
2023 Recipient: Alberta Public Services’ United Way Campaign
Under the leadership of their campaign chair James Mallet, Alberta Public Service worked collaboratively across departments, ministries, and cities to share the value of leadership giving in support of their local communities. Despite departmental shuffles and ministry changes, this group of changemakers led the way to showcase that the Alberta Public Services’ United Way Campaign is by the people, for the people. Well done and congratulations!
This award is presented to the organization of 100 employees or less that demonstrated excellence in the execution of their workplace campaign.
2023 Recipient: Delcon Development Group Ltd.
This close-knit organization works together, plays together, and gives back together. Their passion and compassion drive their annual United Way campaign, which has consistently grown each year in response to rising need in community. Not only does Delcon boast a 100% employee participation rate each year, but they also leverage its extensive network to make an even bigger impact. They really make giving back to their community foundational to their business. Great work, Delcon!
This award is presented to the Employee Campaign Chair(s) who demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity and commitment in the planning and execution of their workplace campaign. that went above and beyond the call of duty and achieved challenging campaign goals and objectives.
2023 Recipient (Private Sector): Imperial Oil & Unifor Local 21A: Adam Tymko
Adam was determined to ensure Imperial’s campaign was inclusive and meaningful for all employees from the start. He reached out to as many people as possible, including working late to play trivia with operating shifts. Adam also featured Impact Speakers disproportionately affected by poverty, which drove awareness and opened a dialogue among employees about the importance of United Way’s work in community. Thank you and congrats, Adam!
2023 Recipient (Public Sector/Government): Alberta Public Service – Ministry of (formerly known as) – Justice & Solicitor General: Gerri Kleim
From 50-50s to bake sales, pancake breakfasts to bingos, if there is a way to raise money for a cause, Gerri Kleim has tried it. As campaign chair at Alberta Justice, she has come up with countless ways to engage and rally employees across a large and diverse workplace, pivoting events as needed to elicit greater participation and drive awareness of United Way’s work across the community. Amazing commitment, Gerri!
This award recognizes organizations that are supporting United Way for the first time. Eligible candidates demonstrate a commitment to the community by empowering individuals to get involved in the community and make a difference.
This past year, United Way was fortunate to have new support from 24 organizations that share our passion for building stronger communities. By lending your support to United Way’s work, you are demonstrating your commitment to improving the health, education, and well-being of every person in our community. We are so excited to have you on board and look forward to the difference we can continue to make together! Welcome to the United Way family!
This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates unparalleled commitment to United Way’s mission to create pathways out of poverty, is a senior United Way volunteer and has demonstrated exceptional commitment to United Way for 10 years or more.
2023 Recipient Cal Jungwirth:
Cal Jungwirth has held many leadership roles on United Way’s Cabinet throughout the years and is currently co-chair of our Corporate Solutions cabinet and a mentor in our Mentoring for Success program. He has been instrumental in building our business development strategies to grow support of our work and has helped shape the evolution of our Cabinet to amplify the impact we can make in our community. Thank you for always being our champion, Cal!
2023 Recipient Corinna Mulyk
For over a decade, Corinna Mulyk has been a generous supporter and volunteer with United Way. She has been an Employee Campaign Chair at the Government of Alberta, a ‘Leaders of the Way’ impact speaker, and a Mentoring for Success Mentor. Corinna has also been a member of our Cabinet since 2018 and has most recently been involved in building our Women United initiative. We are so grateful for you, Corinna!
2023 Recipient Troy Tisserand
Troy Tisserand has volunteered with Empower U for more than a decade. He has been phenomenal in designing and facilitating financial literacy training for facilitators and financial coaches and has delivered over 250 presentations on restoring and building credit to more than 2,000 Empower U graduates. His knowledge and contributions make a significant and lasting impact on the wellbeing of many families. Thank you for your commitment, Troy!
Outstanding Committee Members of the Year – This award is presented to the committee member (or company volunteer) that demonstrated exceptional commitment to success in the workplace campaign.
This past year, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region was supported by nearly 300 workplace campaigns throughout our community. And each of those campaigns was delivered by a dedicated team of creative and devoted committee members. We are thrilled to recognize 36 outstanding committee members in this special category. Thanks to each and every one of you for your commitment to doing local good!