2012 Campaign Co-Chairs, Kim Mason and John Rogers proudly proclaimed success at United Way’s annual Celebration Breakfast, February 11, 2013. The World Trade Centre was buzzing with excitement when Steve Murphy announced that $6,104,138 was the total amount raised for our community.
It was also a memorable day for 211 Nova Scotia as the service went live for all residents of the province. 211 is a non-emergency phone number and website to connect citizens to community, social and government services they need. John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, signaled the launch of 211 in his remarks.
We are sorry to hear that Daurene Lewis, well-known Nova Scotian leader, passed away recently. In addition to her many public roles she was a committed volunteer and dedicated to improving lives for Nova Scotians. She was well known by many at United Way, and was one of our first Women United participants in 2010. She will be dearly missed.
When: Monday, February 11, 2013
Where: World Trade and Convention Centre
Time: Please arrive by 7:30 a.m., breakfast starts promptly at 7:45 a.m.
Please note the date is slightly earlier than usual to accommodate a special surprise launch!
As the year comes to a close, we are inspired by the commitment and dedication shown in this city in supporting United Way Halifax to build a strong and vibrant city by focusing on reducing poverty and encouraging healthy living.
If you haven't already given this year, we hope you'll consider making a gift now. There's a lot at stake for our city. We support programs and initiatives that help thousands of people every year. In September United Way received more requests for funding than ever before. It will be challenging to meet all of the demands. Our community is counting on all of us, and although the year is ending, the campaign continues. You can donate online today.
People in Halifax come together, year after year, to help one another. If you have already given, thank you for your kindness on behalf of our community agencies, neighbourhood programs and inspiring grants that will make this a great city to live in. As a funder, advocate, researcher and convener, United Way is committed to changing social conditions in this city.
We wish you and your family the happiest of holidays. With your continued support, we look forward to another year of creating opportunities for a better life for everyone.
United Way Halifax
President and CEO
United Way Halifax
Each December, communications professionals from IABC Maritimes have the opportunity to help some of our agencies through an event called Gift of Giving. This year we have 10 agencies bringing their top two communications challenges to the group.
The event brings public relations students and professionals together to help brainstorm about the agencies' challenges and offer advice. Often there are opportunites for students and professionals to volunteer their time with the agency.
Thank you to the professionals and students who are able to give our agencies helpful advice. For a not-for-profit, this can be a huge time and money saving opportunity - meaning resources can instead go to the programs that affect so many people in our community.