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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 […]

2018-02-07T08:44:57-07:00January 30th, 2018|Events, Give, Media Release, 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 […]

2017-12-01T06:21:03-07:00November 24th, 2017|Give, Media Release, Our Donors|

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, […]

2017-11-13T18:42:43-07:00November 10th, 2017|Media Release|

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 […]

2017-11-13T04:07:32-07:00October 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,” […]

2017-10-03T04:04:02-07:00October 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 […]

2017-09-21T10:10:28-07:00September 21st, 2017|All That Kids Can Be, Media Release, Success by 6|

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|

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|

United Way Golf Tournament Raises Over $54k


United Way of Northern BC Annual Charity Golf Tournament 2017 at the Lone Wolf Golf Course in Taylor raised over $54,000 this year, with a participation of 144 golfers (another full house again this year). Golfers came as far from Calgary, Grand Prairie and Chetwynd to participate.

“Thank you to the golfers who came out and also to our great volunteers. The weather was perfect, we could not have asked for a better day. We were extremely lucky as it poured with rain the day before and a drenching in Taylor the following day.”

“This event provides an opportunity to socialize and raise funds to ensure citizens have access to social and health-related services. It’s important that we are raising funds to funding local programs where the community most needs them. We support not just one agency, issue or focus, we are the umbrella to community to meet the identified needs of our citizens. This […]

2017-06-25T18:12:05-07:00June 25th, 2017|Events, Golf Tournament, Media Release|