2014 Campaign Co-Chairs Announced

At their April 30 AGM, Cecily Coppola, Co-Chairs for United Way’s 2013 Fundraising Campaign with William Grin, welcomed the incoming leadership team. 

 Co-Chairing in 2014 are Margery and Dean Muharrem. The Muharrem family moved to Chatham-Kent from London England in 1992 and “we have never looked back”.  They have two teenage daughters, Christine and Rachel, who are said to be their pride and joy “giving us wrinkles and grey hair and many wonderful special moments we will treasure forever”.

 Margery is one busy woman.  In addition to close family ties, Margery has run her Professional Party Planners business for the past 6 years and, in 2013, took the plunge with Dean and his brother into the restaurant business – The Grand Castle Café next door to Ursuline College – The Pines. She is equally passionate about her community. She volunteered for several non-profit organizations and her most recent role was with Victim Services, where she was a crisis responder, and then, for over five years, a Team Leader.  “I like people and I like the community. I am very excited to Co-Chair the 2014 Campaign with Dean.  Chatham-Kent is such a wonderful community to live in and sometimes we just don’t realize how good we have it. United Way is truly an excellent way for all of us to support what we truly believe in”.

 Since 1996, when Dean first started his career with Sun Media, he has worked his way to his current position as Publisher and Director of Sun Media for all Sun Media Publications in C-K. 

When not working, Dean is a self-confessed foodie and is always willing to try new foods.  He enjoys volleyball and soccer (football as he calls it) and is a die-hard England Fan holding out hope that perhaps this year’s World Cup will be England’s. Dean has also been involved with a number of charity organizations.  His most recent involvement is with Junior Achievement, where he is proud to have delivered over 10 classes to local schools. 

“Chatham-Kent is a great place to live, and United Way is a great charitable organization. I’m very proud and honoured to be named Co-Chair with my wife Margery for 2014. We are truly dedicated to raising awareness and money for UWOCK’s many community impact services.”

 In the coming weeks, Margery and Dean will recruit and train their 2014 volunteers. “We will be visiting the agencies, key community partners and many dedicated volunteers.  Our 2014 goal will be announced in September.  Together, our communities can build on the tremendous efforts and achievements of William and Cecily’s 2013 campaign.  Yet we need to do more – and you can help.” 


For additional information or to find out how you can become involved with the 2014 campaign contact Margery at (519) 784-2511 muharrem@sympatico.ca and Dean at (519) 436-5674 dean.muharrem@sunmedia.ca

Membership Application

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Membership applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors on 2014 APR 24. Those accepted will be granted voting privileges at United Way of Chatham-Kent’s Annual General Meeting on 2014 APR 30. 

Young Professionals wanted for United Way of Chatham-Kent Board of Directors

United Way of Chatham-Kent is hosting an Orientation Session for young professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 who are interested in serving on our Board of Directors. We recognize the value youth bring to nonprofit boards – specifically their enthusiasm, individual talents and fresh perspectives. We strive to provide a meaningful volunteer experience where skills such as strategic planning, financial oversight and risk management are developed. At this session, participants will learn about the work of United Way as well as the roles and responsibilities of the governing body and its members.


When:             Monday, April 14, 2014   5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where:           “The 425” United Way Centre for Community Innovation

                              425 McNaughton Avenue West, Chatham


Those interested in attending this Orientation Session are asked to RSVP to Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, CEO at 519-354-0430 or karen@uwock.ca.

Position Available: Youth Engagement Coordinator

 United Way is looking for a dynamic and engaged team member who is passionate about youth engagement and improving people’s lives.





(Proposed start date – 2014 JUNE 2 to 2014 DEC 31)


The Project Coordinator, Youth Engagement (Contract) is responsible for the implementation of the work plan for the Building Community Capacity through Youth Engagement Project, funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

The successful candidate will report to United Way Chatham-Kent CEO, and work closely with United Way staff and a range of community partners to implement and promote youth engagement initiatives.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Project management
  • Event planning for fundraising and community engagement initiatives
  • Volunteer management
  • Administrative support to the Youth Engagement Partnership group.


Essential skills include:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior planning, organizing and time management skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage the demands of multiple, overlapping time frames and deadlines
  • Proficiency in taking minutes and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Access to a vehicle and valid driver’s license and occasional evening and weekend work are required.


Interested candidates please submit cover letter and resume to info@uwock.ca or PO Box 606  Chatham, Ontario N7M 5K8. Application deadline is April 30, 2014.

Bushels of Hope becomes a Program

In response to feedback from our friends in rural Chatham-Kent, Bushels of Hope will now be a program of United Way Chatham-Kent. This means donations designated to Bushels of Hope will now be distributed by a committee of volunteers to address service gaps within the rural community. 

For example, BOH volunteers could decide to fund academic scholarships for rural-living secondary school graduates who are going off to college or university; start-up fees for rural residents initiating community supported agriculture (CSA’s); or to become active in a local farmer’s market. Additionally, the funds could provide one-time emergency assistance for members of the rural community who do not have the financial means to purchase new eyeglasses, walkers, hearing aids or other health-related equipment. 

Bushels of Hope volunteer Chair, Caress Lee Carpenter says “the opportunities for Bushels of Hope to give back to the rural communities are endless as long as we can continue to rally support for the program and we have engaged, active volunteers who are willing to jump on board and move this program forward.” 

If you would like to assist in raising fund for Bushels of Hope and helping to distribute those funds to the rural community, please contact Caress caresslc@chatham-kent.ca or David at 519-354-0430 or david@uwock.ca. Request for funding applications will be available in 2015.