Our favourite stories from 2022 - United Way Alberta Capital Region

Our favourite stories from 2022

January 5, 2023


As we turn the page on 2022 and look to what 2023 may hold, we’re reflecting on our favourite stories from our friends and neighbours in the Edmonton region.

The past year held a lot of challenges — rising costs of living due to inflation, ups-and-downs from the changing pandemic landscape, and the ongoing conversations around how to advance reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and the community.

But in the face of those challenges, there was good news to share too. From curating a kid-friendly reading list to powerful stories of resilience, here are five stories you might have missed last year.


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A young boy reads through a picture book

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‘I always believed we could do it’

Maritza shares her story of escaping Colombia and coming to Canada as a refugee, and how her experience – and the support she received from United Way-funded programs – helped her rebuild her life.