United Way Celebrates some pretty outstanding people in our Community

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2016 United Way Spirit Awards

The United Way of Sault Ste. Marie and district celebrated the outstanding efforts of volunteers in 2016 tonight at the Water Tower Inn. Having just completed the first year of a new five year campaign, a total of $988,881 was raised in 2016 by the Community in a “Bold Action Against Poverty”. The total goal for the campaign is $6,250,000.

Maureen Dodd, Director Marketing Communications and Kathleen McFadden, Campaign Chair, took to the podium to begin the Spirit Award Presentations:

 

Outstanding Volunteer Speakers Bureau

is presented to a volunteer or employee of a United Way Funded Program, who is deeply committed to supporting the campaign. This year the award was presented to George Wright. George is the Options Navigator at the John Howard Society, a position that is funded by the United Way. He attended many campaign presentations throughout the year to share with donors just how their gift has impacted poverty in our Community.

 

Outstanding Volunteer Contribution Award

was presented to Allan Hackett. Allan has volunteered for the United Way for over 16 years, previously holding the position of President as well as the 2004 Campaign Chair. He shared his passion for Sault Ste. Marie this past year with many businesses, helping donors to understand the United Way’s strategic focus on reducing poverty.

 

Outstanding Employee Campaign Award

this award was presented to two different workplaces, one with under 100 employees and one with over 100 employees. They are each presented to the campaign with the most outstanding effort from individuals and/or teams.

This year, the recipient for the workplace with under 100 employees was presented to BDO Canada – Sault Ste. Marie. Receiving the award on their behalf was Rose Rousseau, Office Administrator.

The recipient for the workplace with over 100 employees was presented to Soo Mill Buildall. Lisa Kenopic was on hand to accept the award on their behalf.

 

Outstanding Corporate Campaign Award

this award was presented to two different workplaces, one with under 100 employees and one with over 100 employees.

This year, the recipient for the workplace with under 100 employees was presented to Hydro One Sault Ste. Marie. Unfortunately a representative was unable to attend and the United Way will be presenting this award to them next week.

The recipient for the workplace with over 100 employees was presented to ARAUCO North America. Paula Pigeon, Human Resources Manager, was on hand to accept the award on their behalf. United Way meets with the employees annually and all donors are making ongoing donations, supporting their 5 year campaign.

 

Making the Difference Award

is presented in recognition of a business or organization who together with their employees make outstanding contributions to the United Way and other community organizations through financial support and participation.

Having celebrated over 100 years in business, Soo Mill Buildall was the recipient of this award. United Way has been the beneficiary of the generosity and spirit of giving by the Hollingsworth Family and their employees since their beginnings back in 1957. F.E. (Lin) Hollingsworth was the founding President of the United Way in our Community. Many other community organizations have also been the beneficiaries of their leadership, volunteerism and generosity. Lisa Kenopic, Manager Health & Safety & Human Resources was on hand to accept the award on their behalf.

 

Thom McDonough Public Service Award

recognizes the dedication and commitment of a United Way Public Sector workplace volunteer. Thom was a 25+ year employee at the Ministry of Natural Resources who canvassed his fellow workers diligently every year of his working career. This years’ award was to recognize the hard work and dedication of a workplace and was presented to the employees of the Sault Ste. Marie Public Health Lab. Debbie Irwin was on hand to accept the award on their behalf.

 

Chair Award of Merit Award

is presented in recognition of an excellent campaign to a business or organization.

This years’ award was presented to LCBO Sault Ste. Marie and district. Annually the LCBO invites the United Way to make presentations to their managers and employees as well as hold Point of Sale promotions twice annually to specifically promote campaigns. This year the District 1 LCBO teams came in first place in all of Ontario. Congratulations!!!

On hand to accept the award on their behalf was Anita Paci, District Assistant, Cathy Wing, Store Manager (Echo Bay) and Rick Burins, Store Manager Great Northern Road (Sault Ste. Marie).

 

Leading the Way Award

is presented to a business or organization in recognition of their participation in the United Way Sponsored Employee program. The Sponsored Employee program is an opportunity for an employee to work at United Way in a full time position, supporting the annual campaign.

This year the Ministy of Natural Resources and Forestry was able to sponsor an employee, Kathy Sylvestre, for 16 weeks. “Kathy was very organized, efficient and was the perfect fit for an employee team faced with a tremendous change.” stated Maureen Dodd. “Kathy singlehandedly planned, organized and executed our All Night Film Fest. She has excellent people skills and was all across Sault Ste. Marie and district, sharing United Way’s new strategies. Kathy was involved in all facets of our campaign, events, marketing, communication and was a genuine asset to our United Way.”

“We were fortunate to receive the generousity of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and a special thank you to David HayHurst, Director Operations, for supporting Kathy.”

 

President’s Award

presented to a business or organization in recognition of their support to the United Way through leadership and service to our funded program partners and the community.

This years’ award was presented to the PUC. Annually the PUC brings together representatives of all their employees to develop a schedule of events and fun activities to raise awareness of the United Way’s fundraising campaign. This committee doesn’t stop at the United Way, they raise funds for a variety of other organizations like ARCH.

Accepting the award on their behalf was Lorrie Kennis, Manager Human Resources.