About Kristine

Kristine Van Oflen is the Webmaster & Impact Writer for UWNBC and was previously the Community Developer and Campaign Officer for the North West Region.

More Miracles

From the November 18, 2017 Prince George Citizen

Ted Price, centre, and Anne Laughlin, right, along with Roberta Squire, CEO of the United Way, announced a third Miracle Theatre production on Thursday. This year’s play will be The Fabulous Lipitones, by Mark St. Germain and John Markus. All proceeds – through ticket sales, sponsorships, donations, concession and an on-site raffle – will be donated to the United Way. The production will run March 2-18, every night except Mondays, as well as Sunday matinees at Artspace above Books and Company. This fundraiser was inspired by the success of Miracle Theatre’s last two productions: Miracle On South Division Street, which raised $42,294.35 for children’s programs at the Salvation Army Food Bank and 27 Million Voices, and The Last Romance, which raised $52,144.12 toward the local fight against cancer by helping equip Prince George’s new Breast Imagining Centre. This time, Price and Laughlin hope to raise in […]

2018-02-07T08:44:57-08:00January 30th, 2018|Events, Give, Media Release, Our Donors|

Canfor Gives Generous Donation

Article from CKPG Today.

The United Way of Northern BC received a sizable donation last week. During last Wednesday’s hockey game of the Prince George Cougars, Canfor gave a $315,000 contribution to help support numerous programs in different communities throughout BC and Alberta. Part of that support will go into the programs that are up in northern BC. The funds raised came from things like barbeques, 50/50 draws and payroll donations.
“This is a great example of individuals stepping up to be the hand raisers and game changers our vulnerable citizens need to achieve self-sufficiency,” says Roberta Squire, United Way of Northern BC CEO.

About United Way of Northern BC
In the Prince George Region, the United Way of Northern BC supports 48 programs including Better at Home, Children Who Witness Abuse, Grief Support, Giving Hope Empowering Women and Communities and Housing Outreach.

2017-12-01T06:57:18-08:00November 30th, 2017|Give, Our Donors|

Canfor donates $315k to United Way

Prince George, B.C – Canfor’s $315,000 donation will help support hundreds of programs in the many communities that are local to Canfor employees in BC and Alberta, including several in northern BC.

The United Way of Northern BC was presented with a sizable donation by Canfor on the ice at last night’s Prince George Cougar’s hockey game.

In addition to the United Way of Northern BC, Canfor’s fundraising efforts also benefit the United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo, United Way East Kootenay, United Way Lower Mainland and United Way Alberta Northwest chapters.

“We want to recognize all of our employees in B.C. and Alberta for their team spirit and incredible generosity” said Grace Cox and Duncan Smith, Campaign Coordinators for Canfor.

Canfor and Canfor Pulp employees raised an incredible amount of funds through events including barbeques, 50/50 draws and through payroll donation contributions.

“United Way of Northern BC is grateful for the continued support of Canfor and their […]

2017-12-01T06:21:03-08:00November 24th, 2017|Give, Media Release, Our Donors|

Thriving, not just surviving after sexual abuse

Today, Rob Richards helps men overcome the effects of sexual abuse in a support group at Surpassing Our Survival (SOS) Society, a United Way of Northern BC funded agency in Prince George that helps women, children and men overcome sexual violence. He meditates ninety minutes every day and practices yoga to live a more mindful life.

Rob wasn’t always so put together. When his father died over ten years ago, he was flooded with memories of both sexual and physical abuse. This realization led Rob to a dark place, and even though he went to counselors and psychiatrists, they couldn’t help him move past the anger and shame.

Two and a half years ago, Rob sat on the couch feeling hopeless. “I lay there going, ‘Is this really all there is? Is this who I want to be? Am I really going to stay in this place where I am filled with all this anger?’ And […]

18 Wheels of Christmas in Dawson Creek

Here we are freezing and the snow is flying. The 18 Wheel United Way Food Drive partnering with Rosenau Transport Ltd. down at the Dawson Creek Co-op for the Dawson Creek Salvation Army food hampers. Thank you to our amazing volunteers braving the elements and to all the donations of food.

2018-01-23T10:03:44-08:00November 19th, 2017|18 Wheels of Christmas, Events|

Biggest Prince George Supporter Advocates for United Way of Northern BC

Mr. PG is flying the United Way flag, a reminder for residents to help meet the United Way’s $1 Million-dollar fundraising campaign goal that supports over 115,000 people and 519 programs in Northern

On October 30th, Mayor Lyn Hall declared October 30 to November 5, 2017, to be United Way Week in Prince George and raised the United Way of Northern BC flag i n front of city hall. Now, for the month of November, Mr. PG will be holding the United Way flag to continue the awareness campaign.

“We have one of our biggest supporters out there cheering for us day and night – Mr. PG himself!” said Roberta Squire, United Way of Northern BC CEO.

For over 40 years, City of Prince George employees have taken part in annual fundraising campaigns for United Way of Northern BC. Through their donations we’ve tackled homelessness, helped the hungry, taken on child poverty, reached out to lonely seniors, […]

2017-11-13T18:42:43-08:00November 10th, 2017|Media Release|

United Way of Northern BC’s $100 Pens

Peter Baird, General Manager of Forest Planning at Canfor, loves the pens handed out during United Way of Northern BC’s workplace campaign. Peter said, “I almost exclusively use United Way pens. I like the way they fit my hand – I do a pile of writing for my work, and other pens create pain.”

Peter loves our pens so much, he committed to donating $100 per pen, and was given five pens. This means Peter is donating a total of $500 to United Way of Northern BC this year.

But it’s not really about the pens.

Peter has worked for Canfor for over 26 years, and has supported United Way of Northern BC as far back as he can remember. He has attended our “Seeing is Believing” tours and visited the Prince George Brain Injured Group. He recalls hearing the story of a woman who had a great job and one day slipped on […]

2017-10-31T18:23:27-08:00October 31st, 2017|Give, Impact Stories, Our Donors|

City​ ​of​ ​Prince​ ​George​ ​raises​ ​United​ ​Way​ ​Flag​ ​and​ ​Declares​ ​October​ ​30​ ​ ​to​ ​November​ ​5​ United​ ​Way​ ​Week

PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Mayor Lyn Hall declares October 30 to November 5, 2017 to be United Way Week in Prince George and raises the United Way of Northern BC flag in front of city hall.

Mayor Hall was joined on Monday by Councillor Jillian Merrick, Manager of Service Centre Mauricio Plata, and Roberta Squire, CEO of United Way of Northern BC to raise the United Way flag for the City of Prince George. “We are extremely grateful to the City of Prince George for once again raising our flag, assisting with recognition and awareness for United Way of Northern BC,” Squire said. “The generosity of City of Prince George employees knows no bounds.”

“The United Way helps a number of organizations here in Prince George and across the entire region, and the work that they are doing is just unbelievable,” Mayor Hall added. “We’re really glad to see the United Way becoming a prominent organization […]

2017-11-13T04:07:32-08:00October 30th, 2017|Media Release|

Together, We Can Build Healthier Communities


October 3, 2017

Prince George, BC – The United Way of Northern BC kicked off its 2017 Annual Campaign goal of $1 million. The kick-off marks the start of the four-month fundraising drive to support over 308 programs and services in three priority investment areas:

  1. Education – Helping kids be all they can be,
  2. Income – Moving people from poverty to possibility,
  3. Wellness – Building strong and healthy communities.

During these challenging times in Northern BC, United Way has adopted an appropriate theme for the campaign: “Improving lives locally.” Both the fundraising and community investment decisions are executed by teams of dedicated volunteers who support United Way’s approach of creating lasting positive community impact.

Fundraising efforts are led by volunteer Campaign Cabinet Co-Chairs – this year, Sotirios Korogonas from Canfor & Lindsey Larsen from Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

“We are thrilled to say the money raised in Northern BC stays in Northern BC,” […]

2017-10-03T04:04:02-08:00October 3rd, 2017|Media Release|

United Way Sends Early Years On the Road

Prince George, BC – United Way of Northern BC (UWNBC) was recently awarded $250,000 by the Ministry of Child & Family Development to strengthen Early Years initiatives for children 0-6 years old in the region. United Way understands every community has different needs and as a result, Sandra Sasaki, UWNBC Early Years Regional Director and Lori Armstrong, UWNBC Early Years Regional Coordinator, hit the road and spent time in Quesnel on Tuesday, September 19, meeting local stakeholders and community leaders.

What children experience in the womb and before the age of six has a lifelong impact on their ability to participate in the economy and in society. Ensuring every child receives the best possible start is an important investment in the future prosperity and quality of life for everyone in the province.

Research shows that every dollar spent in the early years (0-6) on quality learning, development, parenting […]

2017-09-21T10:10:28-08:00September 21st, 2017|All That Kids Can Be, Media Release, Success by 6|