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A Lesson in Empowerment

Emily struggled at school, but a United Way program helped her get on track.

Emily says a United Way high school completion program kept her motivated and accountable.

“When I was in grade 11, I had a big falling-out with my family and ended up moving out. After I left my family home, I felt really overwhelmed by having to manage school and life. Just getting to school was a challenge on its own, even without the homework. And there was a lot of homework, because I was in advanced placement classes. I was falling behind. I would get the bare minimum done and I missed so many assignments. My attendance record was bad.

Then I connected with a United Way high school completion program and the staff really motivated me to want to be there. They were people I needed to be accountable to. I knew […]

Finding Home Again – United Way of Northern BC

United Way agencies helped AJ when he left home as a teen. Now, he’s reconnected with his family, thinking about school, and helping other young people.

When AJ was experiencing homelessness, United Way helped him get support.

When I was nine or 10, I was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). That led to other diagnoses: generalized anxiety and depression.

Growing up, I was in the gifted program at school, but I got into shouting matches with my teachers. Things like that happened a lot. Teachers were constantly telling me to leave. Eventually, I did — I’m a high school dropout. I pretty much stopped going to school in Grade 10.

My first job was working at a fast food restaurant, where they viewed me as difficult because I wouldn’t take out the trash. My refusal to take out the trash was because of my OCD, which was germ-related […]

Overcoming Homelessness to Help Others

Travis went from experiencing homelessness to studying at university. Now, he’s helping others get their lives on track.

Travis works part time at a local shelter, where he uses his own past to help people experiencing homelessness.

“Becoming homeless was really stressful. The first time I really didn’t have anywhere to stay, I spent the night on the shores of a lake in my neighbourhood. I didn’t know what else to do.

It started when I was 15—I was removed from my family home by the police when things got really bad one day. I ended up doing a lot of couch surfing, but thankfully, I only spent a few nights outside.

Things didn’t get better when I graduated from high school; they actually got worse. I was still angry and hurt. I ended up hitchhiking across the country, getting into drugs and living on the streets.

Celebrating a United Way of Northern BC Campaign Coordinator

Thanks, John from Canfor Plateau! John is a Campaign Coordinator and we at United Way of Northern BC want to thank him for all his hard work with the campaign this year!

He has really inspired us with his dedication to the cause and we truly appreciate all he has done to help build a stronger community, where we live and work, raise our family and where we may
retire one day!

As a gesture of our appreciation, we would like to acknowledge all his efforts and
present him a gift of a United Way jacket.

 

2019-01-22T12:59:02-07:00December 20th, 2018|Volunteer|

United Way Day of Caring® – Helps Families Access Christmas Hampers.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, 18th December 2018

On Tuesday, 18th December 2018, from 09:00 am to 4 pm, United Way Northern BC (UWNBC) planned a “Day of Caring®” with volunteers from RBC Bank, The Canadian Brewhouse (CBH).  Volunteers from RBC and from The Canadian Brewhouse helped marginalized individuals and families access items such as, clothing, children’s toys, candy, food from Salvation Army.  This time of year, the Salvation Army hands out Christmas hampers and adopt families.

“The outcome of this annual event is to provide meals and gifts to families that may not otherwise have a Christmas.  300 Christmas hampers go out to families and singles. It is great to receive assistance with volunteers to man the different stations.” says Sharon Harder, Volunteer Coordinator with The Salvation Army.

Left to Right – Janine Peters […]

2019-01-22T12:53:32-07:00December 18th, 2018|Day of Caring, Media Release|

2018-2019 UWNBC Corporate Campaign Partners – CKPG

We are so excited to have Mike Clotildes, General Manager lead his team at Jim Pattison Broadcast Group LP in this year’s campaign in December 2018.  We want to wish them all the best and have lots of fun with your campaign. Funds raised in the community, stay in the community. Your funds help in moving individuals From poverty to possibility;  build Healthy people strong communities and help kids to develop into All that Kids can be.

Left to right:  Mike Clotildes, General Manager, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group LP;  Michele Brooke, UWNBC, Campaign Officer – NC.

2019-01-22T13:07:36-07:00December 15th, 2018|Our Donors|

2018-2019 UWNBC Corporate Campaign Partners – Air Canada / Jazz

Anyone traveling on Air Canada / Jazz can request a bag tag (photo below) when they check in at the Prince George Airport.  You can have them include your business card or simply write your personal details on the back before they laminate it. The $5 will go towards their campaign for UWNBC which helps to raise funds for the community.  These funds stay in the community. Your funds help in moving individuals From poverty to possibility;  build Healthy people strong communities and help kids to develop into All that Kids can be.

 

2019-01-22T13:14:39-07:00December 12th, 2018|Our Donors|

2018-2019 UWNBC Corporate Campaign Partners – CIBC Spruceland

We are so excited to have Robin Watson, Branch Manager lead her team at CIBC – Spruceland in this year’s campaign from 27 November 2018 to 1 January 2019.  We want to wish them all the best and have lots of fun with your campaign. Funds raised in the community, stay in the community. Your funds help in moving individuals From poverty to possibility;  build Healthy people strong communities and help kids to develop into All that Kids can be.

(Left to right):  CIBC Spruceland team.

2019-01-22T13:10:56-07:00December 11th, 2018|Our Donors|

2018-2019 UWNBC Corporate Campaign Partners – Scotiabank College Heights

We are so excited to have Nicole Carswell, Branch Manager lead her team at Scotiabank – College Heights in this year’s campaign from 16 November to 31 December 2018.  We want to wish them all the best and have lots of fun with your campaign. Funds raised in the community, stay in the community. Your funds help in moving individuals From poverty to possibility;  build Healthy people strong communities and help kids to develop into All that Kids can be.

(Centre left)  Nicole Carswell, Branch Manager; Scotiabank – College Heights;  (centre right) Heather Nygaard, Universal Banker; (far right) Michele Brooke, UWNBC, Campaign Officer – NC.

2019-01-22T13:09:18-07:00December 6th, 2018|Our Donors|

2018-2019 UWNBC Corporate Campaign Partners – RBC Bank Pine Centre

We are so excited to have Stacy Goetz, Branch Manager lead her team at RBC Bank – Pine Centre Mall in this year’s campaign from 27 November to 31 December 2018.  We want to wish them all the best and have lots of fun with your campaign. Funds raised in the community, stay in the community. Your funds help in moving individuals From poverty to possibility;  build Healthy people strong communities and help kids to develop into All that Kids can be.

Left to right:  Stacy Goetz, Branch Manager, RBC Bank – Pine Centre Mall;  Michele Brooke, UWNBC, Campaign Officer – NC; Brian Salsbury, Assistant Branch Manager;  Marta De Sousa, Manager Client Care.

2019-01-22T13:04:30-07:00December 5th, 2018|Our Donors|