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Campaign Cabinet Photo Book

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BC: Photographs taken and edited by Nancy Critchley & David Odumade Individual stories edited by Sue Huff | Thank you for your leadership and support.

FC: Creating Pathways out of Poverty | A special thank you to the 2013 United Way Campaign Cabinet

1: Dear Friend, The 2013 United Way Campaign Cabinet has come to a close and what a wonderful year it was! Thank you for all your hard work to create hope and possibility for the 120,000 people in the Alberta Capital Region who are experiencing poverty. We hope you will look back on the past year with pride and fondness. In the pages of this book, you will find photographs from some of the events of the 2013 Campaign, as well as those featured in the art installation at the Red Tie Gala. These photographs interweave the stories of donors, just like you, and people in the community who have benefited from those donations. Each person was asked to select an object to signify their story of giving and receiving. We hope you enjoy this memento of your time on the United Way Campaign Cabinet. Sincerely, Gary Bosgoed 2013 Campaign Cabinet Chair

3: Danisha’s family was thrown into poverty when her father died unexpectedly, leaving her mother to raise her two daughters alone. Danisha’s mother worked two jobs to put food on the table, but this left Danisha and her sister unsupervised much of the time. With great foresight, her mother enrolled both of her daughters in Big Brothers Big Sisters. This was a pivotal decision, one that Danisha clearly links to her current success in life and even her career path: today, Danisha is the Manager of Fund Development for the same organization that helped her as a child. Danisha stresses the importance of mentoring: “That one hour a week means so much to a child. It means they count.” Danisha is living proof that this small investment of time can literally build a path out of poverty. | Danisha

4: Robert worked for many years in the oil industry and even developed a patent for a valve that was sold across North America, so being plunged into poverty as a senior citizen was not the future he envisioned. But, life is unpredictable and at 78 years old, Robert is currently without a home. He credits Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS), which is funded in part by United Way, with giving his life a sense of purpose and hope. He volunteers for OFSS in the kitchen, where he says there is always “more than enough food” and he enjoys the camaraderie of the staff and clients. Holding a copy of his patent (which has now expired) and his glasses, Robert fondly recalls the time when he held his life in his own hands and opportunities abounded. Now, he admits, he “can’t do a lot of the stuff he could before,” but he is determined to move forward and find his pathway out of poverty. | Robert

7: Darlene has been involved with 14 workplace campaigns for TransAlta and is a firm believer in the positive impact United Way has in the community, in part due to experiences from within her own family. Two of her brothers have been homeless. Darlene is inspired by a photograph of her brother, who passed away at the age of 52 while experiencing homelessness. Despite his challenges, her brother touched the lives of many and even helped several people connect with resources to find a way off the street and build a better life. Darlene says she’s proud to be a part of the United Way family and will continue to spread the word that Change Starts Here. | Darlene

8: Grant is connected to Boyle Street Community Services, both as a client and as a volunteer. He is grateful that he is able to store his identification at Boyle Street through the Edmonton Safe ID Storage Service. Keeping ID safe while experiencing homelessness is challenging and replacing lost or stolen identification is very time consuming and difficult. Without ID, Grant says, “It’s very hard to get anything done.” Building a life away from the street starts with small steps. Now that his ID is safe and accessible, Grant can begin the journey to having a home. | Grant

11: Although Harriet gives financially to United Way and was honoured to run the campaign for the City of Edmonton this year, she feels her greater contribution is made through investing her time as a Big Sister. She finds mentoring to be an enriching and empowering experience “for both of us.” Harriet selected a piece of art made by her Little Sister as her object of inspiration. She treasures this object and keeps it with her at all times. She even packs it in her suitcase when she travels. Her Little Sister explained the significance of each colour in her artwork to Harriet: the dark colours represent the obstacles that we all face, red as a reminder to stop and think about decisions, blue means the “sky is the limit” and yellow for the joy and optimism she feels when she is with her Big Sister. | Harriet

12: Terry credits a United Way funded partner, The Institute of Sexual Minority Studies & Services (ISMSS), with literally saving his daughter’s life. ISMSS provided counselling and support when his daughter “came out” and helped everyone in the family emerge healthy and strong. Terry says that without this support, their lives might have taken a very different route, but thankfully, today his daughter is happy, confident and speaks at high schools around the city about being a sexual minority. Terry chose his daughter’s stuffed toy from Camp Firefly, which is run by ISMSS for lesbian, gay and transgendered youth. The camp brought acceptance, fun and a sense of belonging for Terry’s daughter- a truly priceless gift to the entire family. | Terry

15: Heidi was involved in her workplace campaign for two years as an ECC (Employee Campaign Chair). She was surprised by the cyclical nature of giving. “Typically, we think that someone donates and someone benefits and that’s it. But donating is huge and I didn’t realize the impact it would have on me.” Heidi chose a thank you card created by a child as her touchstone. She keeps it in her kitchen as a reminder to be thankful, express gratitude and remember the difference she is making in the community through her donations to United Way. | Heidi

16: Rita fled an abusive partner to create a better life for her children. At only 29 years old, she has experienced “pretty much every kind of abuse you can image.” Rita has endured poverty, food scarcity, fear, despair and loneliness, but thanks to the Leduc & District Food Bank and other supportive agencies, she is rebuilding her life. Newly-engaged, Rita chose her ring as a symbol of “a new beginning”. Her ring represents the hope of a better life, one made possible through the generous support she has received. | Rita

19: Jessica’s story of giving and receiving is centered on her family, which she says is both her inspiration and motivation. All three of Jessica’s children benefited from the support of the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre, through the Head Start and after-school programs. Thanks to the Norwood Centre, she was able to connect with other parents and her children enjoyed a safe place to belong, learn and grow. Today, she continues the circle of giving by serving as the secretary for the Norwood Centre Board. Jessica encourages everyone to give back, saying, “I don’t think you can put a value on people, but they are worth it. It means something. It matters. It’s important.” | Jessica

20: Noel has been a United Way donor and supporter for 25 years. He was very involved in his workplace campaign in Red Deer and even won several United Way awards, but emphasizes, “That’s not why I do it.” Noel says he gives because he can. He chooses to donate to United Way because he has confidence in “United Way’s ability to invest the money where it is needed most.” As a newcomer to the Alberta Capital Region, Noel is happy to be able to continue his support of United Way through his new employer: Dow Canada in Fort Saskatchewan. Noel holds a United Way coffee cup, a symbol of the integrity, loyalty and the commitment to community that have been integral to his story of giving. | Noel

22: Stantec's Don Stanley Cup | CoSyn's Hadi Masri taking time to wash the United Way van | Dr. Glenn Feltham and Dr. David Atkinson promoting the 2013 Education Challenge between NAIT and MacEwan University | Snapshots from the 2013 Campaign

23: EPCOR's Poverty Socks Campaign | Suncor Inc.'s Tricycle Relay | Alberta Infrastructure's Kickoff BBQ

24: A snapshot from PCL's Campaign video | City of Edmonton's Jail and Bail with Linda Cochrane, Simon Farbrother, Scott McKeen and Andrew Knack | Enbridge presents their $1.4 Million Campaign Achievement | Reliance Furnace's Matt and Justin shaved their heads for their campaign. | The Forestier family helps kick off the United Way Round-Up Breakfast. | Agrium staff beautifying the gardens for the youth at YESS

25: 2013 Engineering Day of Challenge Participants at the Canadian Mental Health Association | GE Canada employees get pied for poverty | Gary Bosgoed announces the $23.3 Million Campaign achievement at the Red Tie Gala

26: 2013 United Way Campaign Cabinet Gary Bosgoed, Senior Vice President, Edmonton Operations, WorleyParsons Canada, 2013 Campaign Chair Ruth Kelly, President & Publisher, Venture Publishing Inc., 2014 Campaign Chair Dave Mowat, President and CEO, ATB Financial, Past Chair Dr. David Atkinson, President, MacEwan University Reg Baskin, Retired Kirk Byrtus, Vice President, Pipeline Control, Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Ione Challborn, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association - Edmonton Region John Connolly, Retired Simon Farbrother, City Manager, City of Edmonton Dr. Glenn Feltham, President and Chief Executive Officer, NAIT Chris Fowler, President and CEO, Canadian Western Bank Ray Guidinger, General Manager, Acklands-Grainger Inc. Brian Henderson, President, Edmonton & District Labour Council Isabel Henderson, Vice President, Alberta Health Services Myrna Khan, Vice President, Resource Development, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region Cathy Kiss, Vice President of Corporate Relations, Northlands Bernie Kollman, Vice President, Public Sector Alberta, IBM Canada Ltd. Alan Kuysters, Vice President and District Manager, PCL Construction

27: 2013 United Way Campaign Cabinet continued Hadi Masri, General Manager, CoSyn Technology, a division of WorleyParsons Steve MacDonald, Deputy Minister, Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., Bennett Jones LLP Kevin Melnyk, Plant Manager, Agrium, Red Water David Migadel, Executive Director, Industry Canada Reg Milley, President & Chief Executive Officer, Edmonton Airports Robin Murray, Executive Director, Edmonton John Howard Society Ray Pisani, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Blue Cross John Prusakowski, Vice President, Edmonton Refinery, Suncor Energy Products Partnership, Mike Scott, President, CUPE Local 30 Elaine Shannon, Manager, Benefits and School Jurisdiction Services, Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan Anne Smith, President & CEO, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region Lt. Col. Robert Thompson, Base Commander, Department of National Defence Tyler Tollefson, Director, Supply Chain Management, Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Bill Werry, Deputy Minister, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Jadeene Wheaton, Wheaton Group Eric Young QC, Witten LLP

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