JOB POSTING: Chief Executive Officer


The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors and approved by-laws and policies.  In addition to the foregoing, the successful candidate will be responsible for the provision of overall management and leadership of the organization, its activities, staff and volunteers.  This individual will build positive and productive working relationships with a wide range of community stakeholders including funded agencies, donors, funders and the local media.

Working in collaboration with partners in all three sectors of the community – business, government and nonprofit – the Chief Executive Officer will focus on the organization’s Vision – “A strong and vibrant community free of poverty with children achieving all they can be” and its Mission – “To improve lives and build community in Chatham-Kent”.

Key Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Strategic Leadership, Policy and Board Relations
  • Organizational Operations and Administration
  • Department Oversight
  • Human Resource Management
  • Public Relations and Stakeholder Management
  • Funded Agency Relations
  • Resource Development and Planned Giving
  • Community Investments
  • Risk Management
  • Facility Management (in Chatham, Tilbury and Wallaceburg)

In support of the organization’s focus on “people helping people”, the successful candidate will possess a nonprofit heart, a business head and a leadership spirit.

You want to …

  • raise charitable donations to support priority human service needs
  • work with community volunteers to enhance their capacity to give back to their community
  • be a part of a passionate team of dedicated community servants
  • work with data to identify trends and help to address our community’s most pressing social issues
  • plan and implement community fundraising events

You are …

  • passionate about your community
  • dedicated to supporting the nonprofit sector throughout Chatham-Kent
  • skilled in both written and verbal communication and relationship management
  • comfortable speaking in public
  • an outgoing “people person”
  • an innovative and visionary thinker

We are looking for someone who has:

  • management experience
  • strong computer and reporting skills
  • research and analytical skills
  • a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle
  • a supportive family who understands the need for flexibility in work hours … and
  • a sense of humour!

Significant experience in the nonprofit and business sectors and post-secondary education is a requirement.

This full-time community leadership position will commence in August of 2018 (with time to spend with the current CEO!)  Your office will be located at “The 425” – United Way’s Centre for Community Innovation in Chatham.  Travel will be required throughout Chatham-Kent.

Salary Range – $68,600 to $98,000

We thank all applicants but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  No telephone calls please.

Please submit a resume, together with a cover letter and two references, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 2018 JUN 22 to:

Jayson Campeau
CEO Selection Committee
United Way of Chatham-Kent
P.O. Box 606
Chatham, ON  N7M 5K8

Open Call for Proposals

United Way of Chatham-Kent is changing the way it is investing in community services. The new funding model provides a targeted stream of funding that supports its vision for a community united by strong human-based services so that everyone has the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their families.

United Way has designed a new two-year funding model for 2019-2021 that focuses and intensifies their investments towards high-impact programs which align with United Way’s funding priorities, while providing more flexibility to respond to changing conditions and needs. As part of this new investment framework, United Way is initiating an open call for proposals.

The funding priorities for 2019-2021, as outlined by United Way’s Board of Directors, are as follows:

  • All That Kids Can Be
    • Success in School (Youth high-school completion)
    • Emotional and Physical Wellbeing
  • From Poverty to Possibility
    • Food Security
    • Financial Literacy and Individual Support
  • Healthy People
    • Seniors’ Health and Wellbeing (social isolation)
    • Mental Health Support
  • Strong Communities
    • Organizational Capacity Building and Volunteer Leadership Development

Full details of the funding priorities can be found here:

Individual organizations or groups of organizations are eligible to apply for funding. If a collaborative proposal is being submitted, a lead organization must be chosen on behalf of the group of agencies and this organization must complete the application and be responsible for all funding requirements.

Please note, United Way does not fund individuals.

To be eligible for United Way’s Community Fund funding, your organization must:

  • Be a Canadian registered charitable organization;
  • Have third-party reviewed financial statements for at least one year (fiscal 2017);
  • Provide human-based social or community services in Chatham-Kent; and
  • Demonstrate clear alignment and measurable outcomes within United Way’s funding priorities and investment areas.

As a first step, organizations will be asked to complete an online Letter of Intent in United Way’s CommunityForce system in order to determine if they meet the eligibility criteria and organizational requirements.

Those wishing to complete a Letter of Intent should visit our site online at:

The Letter of Intent process begins on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 and must be submitted no later than noon on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Successful programs will be invited to complete a full application effective July 1, 2018.

After completing a community consultation process, many new changes have been implemented in the new funding process. For example, United Way funds programs. Therefore, there is now no blackout period for agency specific fundraising. For more details on obligations for receiving funds from United Way, please consult the following document:

Should you have any questions, please contact Helen Heath, Director, Community Impact at or call (519) 354-0430.

United Way Board of Directors announces Retirement of CEO

United Way Chatham-Kent CEO, Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, and United Way Worldwide CEO, Brian Gallagher.

The United Way Board of Directors today announced the retirement of Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, its long serving CEO, to be effective Friday, 2018 AUG 17.  The announcement was made just two weeks following the CEO’s 35th anniversary with the organization.

“This is a bittersweet announcement,” said incoming Board President, Brad Langford.  “While our organization has benefited tremendously from Karen’s leadership, we acknowledge that it is her desire to become – in her words – a ‘recovering’ CEO and to pursue other interests in retirement.”

The Board acknowledged Karen’s vision and tireless passion and commitment to the organization’s mission, to her community and to those most vulnerable of Chatham-Kent’s citizens. Under her direction, United Way spearheaded the incubation and nurturing of a number of community development initiatives including Operation Cover-Up (now housed with The Salvation Army), Operation BackPacks, Operation Red Nose (now Home James), the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village, the Prosperity Roundtable, Chatham-Kent Drug Strategy, Habitat for Humanity, NeighbourLink, the Women’s Leadership Council, Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network and “The 425” – one of Chatham-Kent’s community service “Hubs”.  During her tenure, the United Way raised and invested over $53 Million in agencies, programs and services to build a stronger, safer and more caring community for one in three residents.

In keeping with its CEO Continuity Plan, the United Way Board of Directors has established a Transition Committee.  Terms of Reference will include interviews with community partners, donors, service recipients and funded agencies to confirm that the organization’s strategic plan is “on path” to fulfill its mission.  As discussions continue on a future direction for Chatham-Kent’s United Way, the Board of Directors welcomes the public’s input on how the 70 year old organization can continue to enhance its capacity to improve lives and build community.  Although efforts are currently underway to ensure that the CEO’s responsibilities are temporarily assumed by existing staff members, no firm decisions have yet been made on the appointment of a successor.

At the most recent meeting of the organization’s Board of Directors (2018 FEB 28), an overview was provided on how the local charity’s performance compares with United Ways across Canada and with those United Ways of similar market size.  United Way Centraide Canada has recently produced a dashboard for United Ways to track their performance against seven key indicators – including such metrics as dollars available per market million, months of unrestricted net assets, cost of fundraising ratio and donors per capita.  On all seven metrics, the organization ranked in the top 30% of the 101 United Ways in Canada (2016).  The local United Way ranked 8th in the country in terms of the amount of revenue available for investment per market million and 4th within our market size – signaling the fact that Chatham-Kent is a very generous community.

The Board also acknowledged Karen’s strong involvement in the voluntary nonprofit sector outside of her role as CEO.  She served as the first female member of the Rotary Club of Chatham in 1991 and as its President in 2000.  She currently serves as a member of the Community Leaders Cabinet and is Co-Chair of the Community Safety and Wellness Committee along with Chief of Police, Gary Conn.

When asked what the future holds for the retiring CEO, Karen noted that her “bucket list” is long … and includes a number of pursuits that will offer her an opportunity to continue to carry the United Way message of hope, strength, joy and belonging to those who need it most.

Expanding Opportunities for Low Income Canadians – Initial Highlights from the Federal Budget

The Budget – Equality and Growth: Strong Middle Class – includes several provisions designed to expand opportunities for low income Canadians.

Expanded benefits for Canadians:
The Working Income Tax Benefit is being renamed the Canada Worker Benefit, and strengthened.  Building on the previously announced $250 million enhancement (Budget 2016), and $500 million (2017 Fall Economic Statement), Budget 2018 proposes to increase earning supplements and expand access. These changes will make 300,000 more low income workers eligible for the CWB in 2019.  (Page 32).
As first announced in the 2017 Fall Economic Statement, the Canada Child Benefit receives a boost, with indexing starting in July 2018. This will result in $5.6 billion of additional support between 2018-19 and 2022-23.  (Page 35)



There is an expansion of the funding available under the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, from $2.5 billion to $3.75 billion over the next three years. (Page 40)

Budgeting through a gender lens:

A significant change introduced in this Budget is an attempt to examine investments and initiatives through a gender lens, including the following.
·         A commitment to introduce new pay equity legislation designed “to reduce the wage gap and ensure that women working in federally regulated industries receive equal pay for work of equal value.” (Page 43)
·         $1.2 billion over five years, and $344.7 million annually thereafter, for a new Employment Insurance (EI) Parental Sharing Benefit to encourage more men to take maternity leave.  Starting in June 2019 addition weeks of parental benefits will be available on a “use it or loose it’ basis when both parents share parental leave. (Page 45)

Building on investments in previous budgets, Budget 2018 delivers an additional $5 billion over five years to ensure that Indigenous children and families have an equal chance to succeed in life, build the capacity of Indigenous governments, and accelerate self-determination and self-government agreements with Indigenous Peoples based on the recognition and implementation of rights. (Page 126) 
These new dollars break down in the following manner.
Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program (Page 132)
  • To help close the employment and earning gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, Budget 2018 proposes to invest $2 billion over five years, and $408.2 million per year going forward, to support the creation of a new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program, which will replace the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy. This includes incremental investments of $447 million over five years, $99.4 million per year ongoing, and a stronger focus on training for higher quality, better paying jobs rather than rapid re-employment. This additional funding will assist approximately 15,000 more clients gain greater skills and find jobs that will support their long-term career success.
Support for distinctions based housing strategies (Page 133)
  • As announced in November 2017 in Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy, the Federal Government and Indigenous partners are working together to improve housing conditions over the long term and to ensure that Indigenous Peoples have greater control over housing in their communities.
  • Through investments made in Budget 2017 and Budget 2018, the Federal Government proposes dedicated funding to support the successful implementation of each of the distinctions based housing strategies, including:
o   an additional $600 million over three years to support housing on reserve as part of a 10-year First Nations Housing Strategy that is being developed with First Nations;
o   $400 million over 10 years to support an Inuit-led housing plan in the Inuit regions of Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and Inuvialuit (this is in addition to the $240 million over 10 years announced in Budget 2017 to support housing in Nunavut, where additional funding was provided for Inuit housing);
o   $500 million over 10 years to support the Métis Nation’s housing strategy;
o   $200 million, with $40 million per year ongoing, to enhance the delivery of culturally appropriate addictions treatment and prevention services in First Nations communities with high needs (Page 134); and
o   $400 million over 10 years for housing in the Inuit regions of Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and Inuvialuit to help address significant overcrowding and repair needs in Inuit communities. (Page 134)

Employment and Skills Development:

The Canada Summer Jobs program will be expanded to support the Youth Employment Strategy with an additional investment of $448.5 million in 2018-19. (Page 56)
The EI Working While on Claim pilot will be made permanent starting in 2018-19 with an investment of $351.9 million over five years and $80.1 annually thereafter. (Page 57)

 Other budget items of interest: 

A cluster of initiatives are positioned in Budget 2018 as helping Canada reach the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Addressing the opioid crisis (Page 170)
·         $100 million over five years will be invested to support the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy for national measures and actions to respond to the opioid crisis.
·         More than $20 million in emergency financial assistance for British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba will help these provinces respond to the overwhelming effects of the opioid crisis and address the critical needs of their citizens.
·         An Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare will be created. At least one in 10 Canadians cannot afford the prescription drugs they need and, every year, almost one million Canadians give up food and heat to afford medicines. (Page 172)
Strengthening multiculturalism and addressing the challenges faced by Black Canadians (Page 182)
·         $23 million over two years, starting in 2018–19, will be invested to increase funding for the Multiculturalism Program administered by Canadian Heritage. This funding would support cross-country consultations on a new national anti-racism approach, would bring together experts, community organizations, citizens and interfaith leaders to find new ways to collaborate and combat discrimination, and would dedicate increased funds to address racism and discrimination targeted against Indigenous Peoples and women and girls.
·         As a first step in recognizing the significant and unique challenges faced by Black Canadians, the Federal Government also proposes to provide $19 million over five years targeted at enhancing local community supports for youth at risk and to develop research in support of more culturally focused mental health programs in the Black Canadian community. (Page 183)
Combatting gender based violence and harassment (Page 196)
·         The Federal Government recognizes that prevention is critical to ending gender based violence, that survivors and their families need support, and that the legal and justice systems must be improved to respond to gender based violence. Through Budget 2018, the Federal Government proposes new funding to address these areas.
·         The Federal Government proposes to provide an additional $86 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, and $20.0 million per year ongoing, to expand Canada’s Strategy to Address Gender-Based Violence. New investments will focus, in part, on: (Page 199)
o   preventing teen dating violence;
o   enhancing and developing preventative bullying and cyber bullying initiatives;
o   expanding the High Needs Victims Fund so that more organizations, such as rape crisis centres, are better able to help population groups that are at the highest risk of experiencing violence. This investment will double the support provided to this initiative in Budget 2017.

Free tax filing services can help low-income Canadians boost their income

For most Canadians, filing tax is an annual civic ritual to which we obligingly submit. For low-income households, however, tax time is an important – and often missed – opportunity to bolster household finances.

By calling 211 Canadians living on low incomes can access free tax preparation services offered by government, and community-based service agencies, and possible income boosts available through filing tax.

More than $1 billion in unclaimed income tax benefits

“Most Canadians would be quite shocked to learn that every year over $1 billion of income benefits and tax credits that our parliament has legislated for the needs of the most vulnerable people in Canada never make it into their pockets,” says Adam Fair, VP of Strategy and Impact at Prosper Canada.

Prosper Canada is a charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. In 2015, Prosper released a report on the income boosting benefits of filing tax for Canadians living on low incomes. The report says that low income Canadians are often unaware that they can improve their income by filing tax, or they simply experience too many barriers to filing. As a result, Canadians living on low incomes have a lower rate of filing tax.

There are a wide range of government benefits, grants, and savings programs that subsidize low-income earners. Many of these services and entitlements can only be accessed by filing tax to either claim the benefits directly or to establish eligibility.

Available benefits vary from province to province but in Ontario alone, there are 41 potential federal and provincial income benefit programs that people with low-incomes can access directly or indirectly through tax filing. Tax credits could make up as much as 40% of a household on social assistance’s income.

For example, a single parent with two children paying $800 a month in rent and earning $14,000 a year working part-time can access child benefits, the GST/HST credit, the federal working income tax benefit, and the Ontario Trillium Benefit, nearly doubling their income.

The boon to household finances from tax benefits can significantly improve the lives of recipients. According to a 2011 study, the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) has been shown to improve recipient children’s educational outcomes and physical and mental health. There is also evidence that these benefits can improve workforce participation among single mothers.

The barriers to filing tax, and available services

Tax filing can be a daunting task. According to a 2013 survey published by the Bank of Montreal, 42 per cent of Canadians rely on outside help to prepare their tax returns. Software has made preparing a comprehensive return easier, but using it requires a level of computer literacy and access. If you’ve ever cracked the spine on a pen-and-paper tax form, they are more than a little intimidating.

Three years ago, United Way Niagara identified a gap in low income tax preparation service in its region and made significant investments to help address the need. They worked with 211 Ontario to schedule appointments for clients and greatly improve access to tax filing clinics for people in their community living on low incomes. In 2017, United Way Niagara volunteers filed 776 tax returns which resulted in $1,941,914 returned to the community.

“From our perspective it’s a great return for our community. We see it as helping low income people to access entitlements that are there to help them,” said Carol Stewart-Kirby, Executive Director for United Way Niagara.

“As an added benefit, we often hear about folks who have never accessed 211 before, but have used it to schedule tax appointments in our clinic. Now they’re calling to say they need some help with getting their taxes done and then realize they also need help with a landlord tenant issue, so this has been win-win-win.”

There is a cross-country network of 15,000 volunteer tax preparation specialists trained and organized by Canada Revenue Agency’s Canadian Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). Bill Caldwell is a 27-year volunteer with the program. In that time, Caldwell has prepared tax forms for countless clients from many different walks of life, including; seniors, new Canadians, students, low-income earners, and the residents at a nearby women’s shelter. His training, experience, and knowledge allow him to identify his client’s unclaimed benefits and prepare comprehensive tax returns.

“When I sit down with low income seniors or my clients at the women’s centre, the look on their face when they find out; Number 1 their taxes are done, and Number 2 they have a refund as a result of something they did not know about, is an absolute delight,“ he says.

How to access services

Call 2-1-1 for help finding a free tax clinic close to you. To qualify for assistance certain eligibility thresholds apply. These can vary based on jurisdiction but the CRA website provides some guidelines.

Also, for the first time in 2018 about 950,000 Canadians with low or fixed incomes will be eligible for the CRA’s new “File my Return” automated service which makes filing simple tax returns by phone possible.