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United Way Recognizes Community Volunteers and Announces New Identity

Last night, United Way Centraide Sudbury and/et Nipissing Districts celebrated its successes and volunteers from 2016 during its Annual General Meeting. The Board of Directors, staff members, volunteers and other stakeholders continued the tradition of celebrating United Way's 34 year history in this community. Due to the recent territory expansion into the districts of Cochrane-Timiskaming, Untied Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts staff proudly announced their new name to reflect the regional organization: United Way Centraide North East Ontario/ Nord-est de l'Ontario. This decision was made jointly to ensure a sustainable presence and achieve greater impact within this broader geographic. This regional transformation will not change United Way’s local commitment to ensure that money raised locally stays local.

Moving forward, three United Way's will be serving the residents and communities of Northern Ontario: United Way Thunder Bay serving the Northwest, United Way Sault St. Marie and Algoma Districts serving North Central Ontario and United Way North East Ontario serving the North East including the districts of Cochrane, Greater Sudbury, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Sudbury-Manitoulin, and Timiskaming.

Gary Vipond, Chief Executive Officer of United Way Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma Districts said “We are pleased to support the creation of three distinct United Way regions in Northern Ontario and are proud to serve the central region contained within the District of Algoma. Along with our United Way neighbours, we will continue to connect with the citizens across Northern Ontario to identify priorities and implement lasting change. United Way Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District congratulates United Way Centraide North East Ontario on their successful expansion to cover the North East region.”

“United Way of Thunder Bay has been supportive of this plan from its early stages,” adds Jered Zieroth, Executive Director of United Way Thunder Bay. “It is exciting to see this change that will serve to better support the region.”

Throughout Northern Ontario, and indeed Canada as a whole, United Ways and Centraides share a strong commitment to improving lives locally. “We are always looking for new and innovative ways of working together and partnering to grow our impact,” said Dr. Jacline Nyman, President & CEO of United Way Centraide Canada. “As these three United Way Centraide organizations collaborate to serve better the individuals and families living and working in Northern Ontario, they will build stronger communities across the region.”

“United Way Centraide North East Ontario will support community priorities and is committed to improving lives locally,” asserted Michael Cullen, Executive Director. “We will continue building on the principles people value most about United Way by working to ensure that children and youth get the best start in life, to ease the burden for struggling families, and to create opportunities for those who need a job, a meal or simply a chance for a fresh start.”

In addition, our local United Way celebrated extraordinary volunteers striving to make a difference in the lives of others. These volunteers and partner organizations were honoured and presented with United Way Awards.

The United Way Award winners are:

o James Grassby Volunteer of the Year Award - Rob Roeterink

o James Grassby Volunteer of the Year Award - Scott McCulloch

o Volunteer Labour Award – Andy Mitchell

o Jean Hanson Lifetime Service Award – Kelly Wright

o United Way Partnership Award – Sudbury Wolves

o United Way Partnership Award – Manitoulin-Sudbury District Social Services Administrative Board

Also, GenNext, a United Way program, wanted to honour and celebrate volunteerism within the 20 to 39 year age group in a number of different categories. This year, eight outstanding volunteers from Sudbury and Nipissing were awarded.

The GenNext Award recipients are:

o Volunteer Excellent Award – Alex Eaton

o Active Living and Wellbeing Award – Jacob Bonin

o Active Living and Wellbeing Award - Christine Spence

o Arts and Culture Award – Nathan Snider

o Environmental Advocacy Award – Kyle McCall

o Mentorship Award – Wayne Bailey

o Leadership Award – Romina Calisi

o Social Justice Award – Katharine Schell Arrowsmith

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