TRISTA SPENCER NAMED PERMANENT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UNITED WAY OF NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA

on January 25, 2020

TRISTA SPENCER NAMED PERMANENT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UNITED WAY OF NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA

On January 24, 2020, Board of Directors announced that Trista Spencer will lead United Way of Northern BC as a permanent Executive Director. Trista was named Interim Executive Director on August 1, 2019 and while being in an interim position she proved her extraordinary leadership qualities and showed her ability to bring people together.

“The Board has complete confidence in Trista and we believe that her leadership, drive, and passion are keys to executing our strategy. Trista also has the full support of an amazing UWNBC Team and together, the Board is excited that Trista can lead this team towards achieving our vision of a Northern BC where everyone can achieve their maximum human potential through education, income stability, and healthy living”, said Sotirios Korogonas, United Way of Northern BC’s Board Chair.

“I am truly honoured to take on this position and work alongside an amazing group of people who are passionate about helping the people of Northern BC. I’m excited about what we can do together to connect people with the resources they need and help the generosity of the North go to where it’s needed most. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to lead this incredible work,” said Trista Spencer, Executive Director, United Way of Northern BC.

United Way of Northern BC aims to improve communities in Northern BC through connecting resources to local needs. UWNBC positively affects 1 in 3 people through their impact work in the region; empowering other non-profit agencies, engaging with community partners and multiple levels, advocating the unique needs of the Northern BC region, engaging in the Day of Caring initiatives, and providing funding to other non-profits through their Community Investment & Impact Program.

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Stomp out Period Poverty

on January 17, 2020

Health Sciences Association’s BC Cancer – Centre for the North chapter and United Way join forces in a successful donation drive for menstrual products

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 13, 2019, members of the Health Sciences Association (HSA) at the BC Cancer – Centre for the North chapter collected financial donations and menstruation products (pads, tampons, and Diva cups) to help raise the profile about the need for menstrual products in our communities. In collaboration with the United Way, HSA members ran the Stomp Out Period Poverty donation drive to make menstruation products easily available at no cost.

Periods are a fact of life. Monthly menstruation products are a necessity. And nobody should have to pick between feeding their family and being able to afford basic hygiene products. Yet, for too many people in our communities’ access to menstrual products is a real challenge.

On Dec. 19, 2019, Lyndsay Van der Meer, HSA Steward – BC Cancer Centre of the North, delivered all the products that were collected during the campaign to United Way of Northern BC’s Prince George office. The online fundraiser was able to raise $186, which will be allocated to the purchase of menstrual products. All the funds and products were given to Lynnell Halikowski, Executive Director of Prince George Sexual Assault Centre, for distribution to people with the dire need.

“It was my pleasure to coordinate this fundraising initiative at BC Cancer. The Health Sciences Association of BC really supported me in putting on the Stomp out Period Poverty Campaign, making it possible for me to focus on engaging with my BC Cancer colleagues. Staff members really jumped on board with this very worthy cause by making donations of both supplies and money, “ says Lyndsay Van der Meer, HSA Steward – BC Cancer Centre of the North

“It’s such an honour to be part of such crucial initiatives to help connect the needs of our community with incredible donor partners like the HSA, BC Cancer – Centre for the North chapter. Thank you to the entire group for your efforts in collecting products and funds to support this often overlooked area of need. Menstruation isn’t a choice, and no one should have to choose whether or not to have the amenities they need to care for themselves. This initiative will ensure many in our community will no longer have to make that choice,” says Trista Spencer, Interim Executive Director of United Way of Northern BC.

To find out more information, please contact info@unitedwaynbc.ca or 250-561-1040. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @unitedwaynbc for regular updates

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United Way of Northern BC Tree of Lights Campaign reaches the goal

on January 16, 2020

United Way of Northern BC Tree of Lights Campaign reaches the goal of $25,000!

The United Way of Northern BC (UWNBC) is thrilled to announce the final results of the 2019 Tree of Lights! This campaign, a re-invigoration of a well-known Prince George holiday celebration, entailed the lighting of a 60-foot tree atop the Coast Prince George Hotel by APA as donations came in toward the initiative. This year, the goal was $25,000 to put toward mental health supports in the Prince George area. United Way is pleased to say that after extending the campaign into the New Year, the community of Prince George came together to raise an amazing $25,004!

 

“This is an unexpected and extraordinary way to finish out this incredible campaign! We cannot express our gratitude enough for the generous contributions made by so many people and organizations that made the Tree of Lights such a success. To have achieved our $25,000 goal speaks directly to the compassion and generosity of the people in Prince George.” Says Trista Spencer, Interim Executive Director, UWNBC. “The enthusiasm for this campaign was contagious, and the team at United Way had so much fun bringing this holiday beacon of hope to the community – we are already looking forward to doing it again!”

 

“The impact of these funds will far outweigh what we can measure…the impact of your support will be in places we cannot even see. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

 

The list of contributors to the campaign is long, but the Tree of Lights would not have been possible without the sponsorships and efforts of the following organizations: The Coast Prince George Hotel by APA, Brink Group of Companies, Warmac Ventures Ltd, Vista Radio, King Pine Contracting, Sterling Crane, PG Rentals Ltd, Royal Bank, and BC Northern Real Estate Board.

To find out more about United Way and see what is next for the UWNBC team, follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @unitedwaynbc.

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United Way of Northern BC Tree of Lights raises over $20,000, and it is not over yet!

on December 24, 2019

United Way of Northern BC Tree of Lights raises over $20,000, and it is not over yet!

The United Way of Northern BC is thrilled to announce the results of the Tree of Lights! This campaign, a re-invigoration of a well-known Prince George holiday celebration, entailed the lighting of a 60-foot tree atop the Coast Prince George Hotel by APA as donations came in toward the initiative. This year, the goal was $25,000 to put toward mental health supports in the Prince George area. United Way is pleased to say that the community of Prince George came together donating an amazing $20,375!

“We are so grateful to the people and organizations that provided gifts in a range of amounts. From the change out of their pockets to $5 for lighting a bulb in the name of someone, to an anonymous $5,000 donation, we are taken aback by the true sense of community this tree has brought and the generosity of the people around us.” Says Trista Spencer, Interim Executive Director, United Way of Northern BC. “The significance of this amount of funding can’t be understated. It will help more than we know and may well be the difference in many people’s lives between surviving and thriving. Again, we can’t express enough how thankful we are for the community that surrounds us and how truly supportive everyone has been.”

But it’s not over yet! The team at United Way of Northern BC has decided to leave the campaign open into the New Year. The Coast Prince George Hotel by APA has generously opened a campaign to continue to support the Tree of Lights. For any new bookings they make until December 31, 2019, the hotel will make a $5 donation to the Tree of Lights. “The Coast has done so much for us already, we are so appreciative of their extra efforts to help us get to that $25,000 goal,” Trista says. “We have seen some other donations coming in as well so would like to leave the opportunity open for anyone who may not have had the chance to give their gift but would like to. Perhaps we will still get to the $25,000 goal yet!”.

If you’d like to help United Way get from $20,375 to the $25,000 goal, you have until January 12, 2020, to get your donations in. Please donate at the United Way of Northern BC office on the 5th floor of the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, at the Front Desk at The Coast Prince George Hotel by APA, or online at www.unitedwaynbc.ca/uwtreeoflights/.

A final announcement will be made to let the community of Prince George know if they made it!

To find out more information, please follow the event on Facebook and Instagram @uwtreeoflights.

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United Way of Northern BC appeals to the community – Help us light the Tree of Lights

on December 12, 2019

United Way of Northern BC appeals to the community – Help us light the Tree of Lights

The United Way of Northern BC is honoured to have the Tree of Lights back in Prince George; a well-known holiday celebration to bring the community together and raise funds for urgent needs in the community. This year, the team at United Way is raising funds to put toward mental health supports in the Prince George area with a goal of $25,000.

The 60-foot tree atop the Coast Prince George Hotel by APA can currently be seen in downtown Prince George, but as donations come in, more of the tree will be lit up and will become visible from across the city. Once the $25,000 goal is met, the entire tree will be lit, acting as a beacon of hope, signalling the magic of the season and the coming together of a community to provide a hand up to those around them that need it most.

“We are so grateful for the amazing response we’ve received about us bringing the tree back. We have heard some delightful stories of people’s connection to the tree from the past and of excitement around it being back in Prince George. While we’ve had overwhelming support to have the tree back in our community, we are only one-fifth of the way to our $25,000 goal. We need Prince George’s help to get there!” Says Trista Spencer, Interim Executive Director, United Way of Northern BC. “We are directing all the proceeds from this campaign to mental health supports in Prince George. We chose this area of need due to how prevalent it is in our lives. We are all touched by mental health issues in some way and need to take care of our own mental health on a day to day basis. Just like with our physical health, we may need to reach out for help. We are looking to make sure that when someone has the courage to reach out, the help they need is there.”

Mental health needs continue to rise; whether friends, family, co-workers, or ourselves, everyone is touched by these difficulties in some way. The holiday season can make issues around mental health even more prevalent, amplifying already fragile situations and putting further pressure on already waning resources. Children in difficult home-life situations feel the difference of what they have vs. societal expectations and may not get to participate in the season in ways we may take for granted. Seniors feel even more isolated if they have little or no family around – an issue we are seeing grow due to the aging population in our region. Youth suicide has been on the rise and with resources thinning for schools and parents in helpless situations, it’s hard to know what the next step is to provide the right support to this age group. Drug and alcohol addiction continues to be prevalent, rising and changing as new substances become accessible. Substance abuse often begins with particularly stressful life circumstances, lack of diagnosis, or available resources to help people endure. And then there is poverty, often a significant result of someone not getting the resources they need to live an independent life as a result of mental health issues.

“Please help us light the Tree of Lights and bring the light of hope to many in our community. We truly want to provide people with this vital support so they can thrive rather than just survive.”

United Way of Northern BC will be collecting donations toward this campaign until December 22, 2019, when they will have a Final Light Up event from 3-5 pm at the Coast Prince George Hotel by APA. Come to the event to hear the final total raised, enjoy some treats and Christmas carols by Cantata Choir, and see Santa before he heads off to the North Pole!

Donations can be made at the United Way of Northern BC office on the 5th floor of the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, at the Front Desk at The Coast Prince George Hotel by APA, or online at www.unitedwaynbc.ca/uwtreeoflights/.

To find out more information, to become a sponsor, or to donate to this initiative, please contact info@unitedwaynbc.ca or 250-561-1040. Follow the event on Facebook and Instagram @uwtreeoflights.

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The Tree of Lights is back this holiday season!

on November 5, 2019

United Way of Northern BC announces the Tree of Lights is back this holiday season! – Prince George

The United Way of Northern BC is very excited to announce a re-invigoration of a well-known Prince George holiday celebration. The Tree of Lights will once again be atop the Coast Hotel in downtown Prince George for the 2019 Christmas season! The 60-foot tree is being hoisted to the roof of the Coast Prince George Hotel by APA by crane on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 11 am in preparation for the United Way Tree of Lights Kick-Off event on November 24, 2019.

This long-time community initiative went dark after Christmas 2016 and United Way of Northern BC has taken up the charge to bring this wonderful campaign back. In the true spirit of the season, the team at United Way is looking to ensure there is a focus on community and the prevalent needs of the people of Prince George.

“We are so honoured to bring this campaign back to the Prince George community. The Tree of Lights represents joy, hope, love, and the wondrous magic of the holiday season. We truly hope that through this initiative, we can bring a beacon of light to the people and agencies in the Prince George area that need it most. The tree acts as a guide, to bring people home to the support, care, and compassion during their most vulnerable times. We are thrilled to engage with the people and organizations of this most generous community and be able to help people get the hand up they need and deserve.” Says Trista Spencer, Interim Executive Director, United Way of Northern BC.

The team at United Way has a fundraising goal of $25,000 for this year’s campaign, with proceeds going to mental health supports in the Prince George community. Mental health needs continue to rise; whether friends, family, co-workers or ourselves, everyone is touched by these difficulties in some way. The holiday season can make issues around mental health even more prevalent, amplifying already fragile situations and putting further pressure on already waning resources.

To find out more information, to become a sponsor, or make a donation to this initiative, please contact us at info@unitedwaynbc.ca or 250-561-1040. Follow the event on Facebook and Instagram @unitedwaynbc and check out the page on our website www.unitedwaynbc.ca.

United Way would like to gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors for helping bring the tree to the roof: Coast Prince George Hotel by APA, Sterling Crane, PG Rental Centre, Warmac Ventures Ltd, Brink Group of Companies.

United Way of Northern BC aims to improve lives by expanding capacity to harness the caring power for people in Northern BC. UWNBC positively affects 1 in 3 people through their impact work in the region; empowering other non-profit agencies, engaging with community partners and multiple levels, advocating the unique needs of the Northern BC region, engaging in the Day of Caring initiatives, and providing funding to other non-profits through their Community Investment & Impact Program.

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Multi Sport Day 2019

on September 12, 2019

Multi Sport Day 2019

United Way of Northern BC, Spinal Cord Injury BC and the United Steelworkers Local 1-2017, welcome Paralympic athlete, Marni Abbott-Peter to Prince George’s first ever Multi-Sport Day

On Saturday, 22 June 2019, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm, United Way Northern BC volunteers will be helping out at the Multi-Sport Day organized by Spinal Cord Injury BC.

This FREE and fun event for the entire family will be held at Masich Place Stadium, Carrie Jane Gray Park basketball and tennis courts.
Paralympic athlete, Marnie Abbott-Peter, Let’s Play Director, will be on hand to share her passion for adapted sports. She is dedicated to helping children with mobility related physical disabilities across British Columbia to become physically active early in life, to develop physical literacy skills so they can confidently participate in play, sport and physical education with their peers.

Everyone is welcome to try out adapted sports and inclusive activities such as: Wheelchair racing, Seated throws, Wheelchair tennis, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair rugby and more.

BC Wheelchair Basketball’s ‘Let’s Play’ program will have activities for younger children. Local author Larry Fielding will be there with his new X-trails colouring book ‘Explore Adaptive Sports from A to Z’ and everyone will have a chance to be entered in to win prizes.
United Steelworkers Local 1-2017 will be on site between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to feed everyone that has worked up an appetite. Burgers, Chips plus Pop will be on sale for $5 – with proceeds going to UWNBC to support local social programs that build healthy communities, move people out of poverty and develop kids into all they can be.

“Adapted sports and recreation activities aren’t limited to people with disabilities, says Brandy Stiles, Peer Program Coordinator, SCI BC, “to build truly inclusive communities, we need families, classmates and friends involved in playing adapted sport. This event will help introduce the community to what’s out there.”

“We are super excited about this special event. UWNBC has been funding Spinal Cord Injury Group for a number of years and this Multi-Sport Day highlights the tremendous work they do at bringing individuals out into the community to try out different activities to engage in and find something they enjoy doing.” says Michele Brooke, Resource Development Officer, UWNBC. “It’s all about improving the quality of life.”

“We are proud to support UWNBC and be a part of this unique event.” Says Don Iwaskow, Financial Secretary, United Steelworkers and United Way volunteer.

“Supporting the community is top priority for us” says United Way volunteer, Juan Perez, General Manager, The Canadian Brewhouse. “We have engaged in numerous United Way Days of Caring® volunteer opportunities.”

A Day of Caring® is a United Way initiative of mobilizing local businesses, organizations and corporations to help local organizations. UWNBC connects those in need with volunteers. Through a United Way Day of Caring® companies are able to give back to their communities and promote volunteerism and teamwork with their employees. Employees feel a sense of pride in helping strengthen communities where they live, work and raise their families. United Way calls this showing our “Local Love”.

If you, your business would like to take part in a Day of Caring® – please contact the United Way of Northern BC (details below).

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Ride Don’t hide

on September 10, 2019

United Way of Northern BC Day of Caring® – TD Bank volunteers help out at Ride Don’t Hide.

Trista Spencer

On Sunday, 23 June 2019, from 7am to 12 noon, United Way Northern BC volunteers will be helping out at the “Ride Don’t Hide” organized by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Prince George Branch.

This fun event will start at CN Centre parking lot. The event is to raise funds, bust the stigma associated with mental health and addictions, bring mental health out into the open and build awareness. We know that one in five people will develop a mental health problem in their lives. Volunteers can choose which areas they would like to help out in – traffic control, check ins, kid zone, safety checks, water stations.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the United Way, and the Canadian Mental Health Association, two organizations with extensive reach and impact, to give back to our community. This Day of Caring® opportunity is one that allows us to contribute to improving the mental health of Canadians, which is a cause of great importance. At TD we have a strong, long-standing relationship with the United Way, and appreciate the ways we work together to make our community better. Our employees are enthusiastic about volunteering, and the United Way is able to connect us with organizations in need of manpower.” says Tim Webber, Branch Manager, TD Bank College Heights.

“We are super excited about providing helping hands at this event. UWNBC has been funding Canadian Mental Health Association for a number of years and this event highlights the tremendous work they do at developing healthy people, strong communities.” says Michele Brooke, Resource Development Officer, UWNBC. “It’s all about collaboration and bringing people together to strengthen the community.”

“Volunteers play a vital role in the success of such an event. We have had a long relationship with United Way Northern BC and this is just another way we receive much-needed support from this organization. Funds raised will support local programs.” says Maureen Davis, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association.

A Day of Caring® is a United Way initiative of mobilizing local businesses, organizations and corporations to help local agencies. UWNBC connects those in need with volunteers. Through a United Way Day of Caring® companies are able to give back to their communities, promote volunteerism and teamwork with their employees. Employees feel a sense of pride in helping strengthen communities where they live, work and raise their families. United Way calls this showing our “Local Love”.

If you or your business would like to partake in a Day of Caring® – please contact the United Way of Northern BC

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12TH ANNUAL COMMONWEALTH CUP BROUGHT TO YOU BY HSJ LAWYERS RAISED OVER $41,000 FOR UNITED WAY OF NORTHERN BC.

on August 6, 2019

12th Annual Commonwealth Cup

Prince George, BC – For 12-years, the Commonwealth Cup been one of British Columbia’s premier charity Golf Tournament. On July 23rd, over 150 golfers raised $41,268 for the United Way. The profits from this year’s tournament will help the United Way fund local programs and enhance the quality of life of Northern BC’s most vulnerable people.

The tournament is receiving registrations for next year’s event on July 21, 2020. This year, tournament organizers were forced to put golfers on a waiting list, so early registrations are encouraged.

Since inception, the Commonwealth Cup has raised over $300,000 for local charities.

“This was another terrific year for the Commonwealth Cup. In addition to the great support we get from the Vancouver Canuck Alumni, we had a full roster of dedicated corporate sponsors that really came through. Thank you to everyone.” says tournament Chair, Dan McLaren, Commonwealth Financial

“We at HSJ Lawyers are very proud to have been, once again, the title sponsor for the Commonwealth Cup.  Everyone had a lot of fun and it is fantastic that we were able to raise more than $40,000 for the United Way Northern BC who do a great job of providing assistance and resources to people in our community who really need it.”, says, Darren Lindsay, Managing Partner- HSJ Lawyers.

“We are overwhelmed at the amount of money that has been raised. It will go such a long way in helping us to support vulnerable people and dozens of organizations in the local community who need it most. We are extremely thankful to Commonwealth, HSJ, all the sponsors, individuals and businesses who donated their resources, time and talents to this event and of course, we appreciate all the golfers and auction bidders. I extend a heartfelt thank you on behalf of all the children, individuals and families whose lives are touched by United Way.”, says, Roberta Squire, former CEO, United Way Northern BC.

We are so honoured and grateful that United Way is the recipient of the proceeds from such a successful event! These funds provide us with the opportunity to make an immense impact to so many agencies and individuals in our community. From reading programs for children to helping seniors age at home, every donation has great meaning and an important destination. On behalf of the United Way of Northern BC team, thank you to Commonwealth Financial and HSJ Lawyers for choosing us as the charity of choice for the 12th Annual Commonwealth Cup!”, says, Trista Spencer, Interim Executive Director- United Way of Northern BC.

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United Way of Northern BC Announced Interim Executive Director

on July 12, 2019

United Way of Northern BC Announced Interim Executive Director

The United Way of Northern BC’s board of directors has appointed Trista Spencer as the Interim Executive Director of the organization.

“We are confident that Trista will lead the United Way of Northern BC with passion and professionalism through this transition. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Roberta Squire for her leadership of the organization over the past 2 years,” said Sotirios Korogonas, United Way of Northern BC’s Board Chair.

Spencer is currently the Operations Manager for the United Way. Effective August 1, 2019, she will lead United Way’s efforts to understand and address top priorities in the community, which the organization has framed within three focus areas: All That Kids Can Be, Healthy People Strong Communities, From Poverty To Possibility.

“I am incredibly proud to take on this leadership role within the United Way, and would like to thank the Board of Directors who have entrusted me with such an important role,” said Spencer. “There is so much possibility in this community, and I am excited to be at the helm of an organization that can incite social change through collaborative community partnerships.”

Roberta Squire announced that she will be stepping down from her role with the United Way to join Telus Communications as their General Manager of Northern BC.

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