As soon as I finished university I landed in a good circumstance. By some definitions I’m now in the one percent.
I learned through United Way that about one in 10 people in the Alberta Capital Region lives in poverty. If I can help level the playing field, I’m definitely going to do what is within my means.
I think donating to the United Way connects to the core of my values system. I derive meaning from the relationships and connections I create with people. Things that break down barriers and encourage diversity are important to me.
I give because I want to see that statistic of one in 10 go down to zero. It’s not going to happen overnight but that is the ultimate measure of success for me.
I’m a firm believer in education as a path out of poverty. I know that education is one of the three key focus areas for United Way. It’s the best way for people to escape poverty because it opens doors to opportunities so people can make their own way.