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

United Way Fire Truck Pull in Fort St John raises over $35k

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The annual United Way Fort St. John Fire Truck pull raised over $35,000 Saturday.

Ten teams took on the challenge of pulling a 20,000 pound fire truck in Centennial Park.  In the Fastest Time Heavy Weight Trophy division, Progress Energy won with 12:40 secs, hot on their heels was Evangel Downtown with their special guest appearance MP Bob Zimmer who came in a close second with 14:65 secs and 3rd was the Charlie Lake Fire Department with a 14:70 secs.

Winning the Fastest Time Not So Heavy Weight Trophy was Chances Fort St John with a 17:31 secs, 2nd Shell Canada with 18:31 secs and 3rd Killbilies with 18:82 secs.

Winner of Most Funds Raised was Progress Energy who raised an amazing $18,840 and Enbridge who raised a total of $10,457.

Funds raised from the event will help boost community programs in the Fort St. John area.


2017-09-19T07:28:04-07:00September 19th, 2017|Events, Fire Truck Pull|

United Way Receives $250k from MCFD for Early Years Initiatives

The United Way of Northern BC (UWNBC) will continue to make life better for children and families across the north thanks to a recent contribution.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development awarded $250,000 to the group on Monday that will assist Child and Family Early Year Initiatives across the region.

How the money is spent comes down to what each community needs.

“Stakeholders in those areas that are involved and very knowledgeable about early years and they then assess what their community needs for their area and then they just send in a proposal to us and we grant them that money,” says Roberta Squire, United Way of Northern BC CEO.

The new funding will go directly into programs and initiatives that will strengthen community activities and give parents increased support Squire says. “Northern BC for many years had one of the highest child poverty rates in Canada and the fact is children remain poor because […]

2017-08-23T12:08:19-07:00August 23rd, 2017|All That Kids Can Be, Media Release, Success by 6|

Red Cross Launches Programs to Support Communities Affected by Wildfires

This article is from the Prince George Citizen.

The Canadian Red Cross has launched two new programs in support of communities affected by the B.C. wildfires.

Because of funding provided by the provincial government, both programs – the Community Partnerships Program and the Support to Small Business Initiative – are now available.

“Local organizations and small businesses are the backbone of a community and must be supported after a disaster,” said Kimberly Nemrava, vice-president, British Columbia and Yukon Canadian Red Cross.

The Community Partnerships Program provides grants to help organizations deliver aid to their communities.

According to the Red Cross, funding of $5 million has been allocated in support of community driven efforts for recovery and resiliency, prioritizing applications that support emergency relief.

Any businesses, organizations and First nation members are eligible in the following programming areas: emergency relief to support immediate needs, community strengthening to support community connectedness, safety and well being, indigenous programming […]

2017-08-19T11:10:54-07:00August 19th, 2017|Media Release|

Sowing Seeds of Change

In response to a high unemployment rate coupled with low literacy, the Upper Skeena Development Centre created the Senden Holistic Youth Program that helps youth gain the confidence and life skills needed to become successful adults. With guidance and support from many local partners, a local advisory composed of elders, traditional knowledge keepers and service providers, and funding from the United Way of Northern BC, Senden programs build skills, knowledge and confidence for youth.

This program is unique in that in takes a holistic approach to youth development by focusing on connection – a connection to self, others and the land. By engaging youth and their families in gathering and growing food, and exploring traditional and modern teachings, the program cultivates personal and community well-being. Senden’s summer program runs from May to September and youth aged 17-26 come to the historic farmhouse three days a week to learn how to plant, grow, rotate […]

District of Chetwynd declares September United Way month

The District of Chetwynd proclaimed September United Way of Northern BC month in support of the work we do in Chetwynd and other communities all over Northern BC.

United Way of Northern BC  is a consistent and trusted not-for-profit organization working with local corporate and business partners to invest funds into community programs. Working together, we align investments focused on community-based and sustainable programs for the greatest impact.

It’s critical that we all come together so we can accomplish more than any individual, single group or company to bridge the missing gap of core funding and keep local programs alive, with a focus on tackling the most important challenges to bring about lasting change.

UWNBC is a critical local partner…more than just a funder of programs

As a nonprofit partner, we bring together local stakeholders: community businesses, corporate operators and contractors as the vehicle to create collective social impact through our local Annual Giving Campaign that runs September […]

2017-08-15T15:08:28-07:00August 15th, 2017|Events, Proclamations|

Spectra Energy & Speedee Printers Participate in United Way Day of Caring

This summer, Spectra Energy and Speedee Printers teamed up to provide six Terrace non-profits with office equipment from the recently closed Spectra Energy office in Terrace.

Ksan House Society, Kermode Friendship Centre, Kitsumkalum Band, the Terrace Women’s Resource Centre Society, Volunteer Terrace and United Way of Northern BC were all beneficiaries of thousands of dollars’ worth of office furniture and appliances.

Speedee Printers, now Mills Office Productivity, was on scene to provide over four hours of dismantling, moving and setting up the donated furniture at the grateful non-profits.

One of United Way of Northern BC’s pillars is to build healthy people and strong communities, and one of the best ways to do that is by investing in local social service agencies.

Graham Genge from Spectra Energy was pleased with the donation saying, “It’s great that we had the ability to donate our office furniture to these local non-profits. They just do so […]

2017-08-12T09:46:14-07:00August 12th, 2017|Day of Caring, Volunteer|

BMO Rolls Up Their Sleeves for a United Way of Northern BC Day of Caring

In this picture (left to right) are Iain Acton, Karen Parker Kara Reinhardt, Martin Loggin, and Sophie Durocher.

On July 25, 2017, BMO Terrace teamed up with United Way of Northern BC to provide some shine to the Terrace and District Community Services Society (TDCSS) Terrace Campus Child Care Center.

Eight members from BMO put on gloves and got to work, cleaning and sanitizing the TDCSS Child Care Centre in two four-hour shifts.  One of United Way of Northern BC’s pillars is helping kids be all that they can be, and keeping a child care centre clean is one of the best ways to ensure children stay healthy.

“The team had a lot of fun and it’s great to be able to give back to the community.” said Iain Acton, Branch Manager of Terrace BMO.

Lindsey Larsen, Community Development and Campaign Officer for United Way of Northern BC was there to help adding that, “BMO’s commitment to the […]

2017-07-26T10:53:54-07:00July 26th, 2017|Day of Caring, Volunteer|

United for BC Wildfires

As fires continue to devastate British Columbia, United Way is mobilizing efforts through “United for BC Wildfire Recovery,” a national initiative preparing for the recovery and rebuilding of communities across the province. “The fires continue to devastate; it’s a long process because it takes several months to recover and things have been just displaced for people. So United Way, as a joint group, has come together just to mitigate and close those gaps,” says Roberta Squire, CEO of United Way of Northern BC.

“We have supported the Red Cross over and over again, so it fits completely within our portfolio of what we do. We’ve even receive donations from as far back is Ontario, which just goes to show you the generosity of Canadians.”

On July 18th, United Way is launching “United for BC Wildfire Recovery” – a campaign to raise funds for important social needs like finding permanent housing, food assistance, trauma and mental […]

2017-07-19T14:40:06-07:00July 19th, 2017|Give, Media Release|

BC Wildfires: Where to Find Help & How You Can Help

It’s been a tough week throughout the region and province. The United Way of Northern BC continues to be here for our communities. Stay in touch with us via our Facebook page.

Don’t forget we have bc211 service as well City of Prince George is welcoming residents of the Cariboo who are seeking refuge from the region’s wildfires.

Evacuees are requested to register first at the reception centre at the College of New Caledonia, which is located along Highway 97 just north of the intersection with Highway 16. The address for the College of New Caledonia is 3330 22 Avenue in Prince George. Click here for a map.

Registration is set up in the atrium at the college right at the main entrance.

How can you help?

EVACUEES – Direct evacuees to the College of New Caledonia to register. Even if they don’t need shelter, it is good to get them registered.  Click here for a map.


2017-07-12T12:29:55-07:00July 11th, 2017|Give|

The Hero Effect Focuses on Health & Wellness

“Cheyenne River Youth Project,” airs on Saturday, July 8 at 10am EST on OWN or you can watch the episode here.

This month’s hero, Julie Garreau, grew up in a remote area of South Dakota and experienced first-hand the needs of the Lakota Tribe. Julie became a dedicated youth advocate on the Eagle Butte, SD reservation to inspire hope where opportunities are so scarce. Julie’s experience led to her founding of the Cheyenne River Youth Project, which works with low-wage families on the reservation. Her project provides mental health services to combat high suicide rates, physical health programs to address youth diabetes, an after-school center for children, internships and job training programs. In 2002, the South Dakota Coalition for Children named Cheyenne River Youth Project a “Champion for Children.” Julie proves that the environment of your upbringing is a barrier that can be broken and that dreams are possible.

2017-07-29T08:45:21-07:00July 3rd, 2017|Impact Stories, The Hero Effect|