Rotary Club of Chatham supports “BackPacks for Kids” Program

At today’s luncheon meeting, Tania Sharpe (right) of the Rotary Club of Chatham presented a cheque in the amount of $1,250 to Mary Symons, United Way’s Good Neighbours Co-Ordinator to support this year’s “BackPacks for Kids” Program.  The target for 2014 is 1,200 backpacks.

We’re improving lives and building community!

Staff member becomes Canadian citizen

Please join United Way staff and volunteers in congratulating Tom Slager on becoming a Canadian citizen on Tuesday, 2014 JUL 15!   Tom Slager joined the United Way Staff Team as Campaign Associate on Tuesday, 2014 JUN 03.  

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Tom relocated to Chatham-Kent eight years ago to begin a new life with wife Amy.  Together, they are parents to four young children.  Tom attended Calvin College in Michigan where he received his Bachelors Degree in History.  He subsequently received his teaching certification and spent a number of years teaching at- risk youth, primarily in grades 7 through 12.  This extensive experience was most beneficial in serving as a case manager for Goodwill Career Centre’s “Future Focus” Program.  Active in his community, Tom belongs to the Chatham Tennis Club and volunteers for Snow Angels, Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village and Goodfellows.

 Tom’s campaign responsibilities include working with the volunteers in Blenheim, Ridgetown, Thamesville and Bothwell and assisting with the development of promotional materials for the annual fund-raising appeal.

Welcome UW Sudbury and Nipissing Districts

Our United Way was fortunate to share a couple of hours with four members of the staff team from the United Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts this morning.  Executive Director, Michael Cullen (third from left) – along with Katina, Ciara and Curtis were anxious to hear about “The 425” United Way’s Centre for Community Innovation as they are exploring a similar community centre “hub” in their own community.  The morning was spent sharing and learning best practices in fund-raising, fund-distribution and community capacity building.

Summer Spotlight: Curtis Xavier

With thanks to the Federal Government’s Canada Summer Jobs Program, United Way is pleased to welcome back – for a second summer – Curtis Xavier.  Curtis’ responsibilities include planning for the Chatham-Kent Amazing Race – designing the route and timeline, acting as the main staff contact for the planning committee and preparing clues, instructions and rules.  But don’t think you can get him to talk!!  He’s signed a “mum’s the word” confidentiality agreement!  Curtis is currently enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program at St. Clair College where he will return to his studies this September.   Curtis has a wonderful sense of humour and is a huge asset to the Staff Team at United Way.  You can tell by his infectious smile!  As United Way strives to improve lives and build community, we celebrate the contributions made by our local youth!  Thank you, Curtis, for sharing your time and talents with United Way.

All That Kids Can Be

Justine struggled with self-confidence and making lasting friendships. She recently moved into a new home and is preparing to enter secondary school. To assist Justine in boosting her self-confidence, her foster mom registered her for the Social Skills B.E.S.T. (Better Emotional and Social Times) Program at the Learning Disabilities Association of Chatham-Kent. Justine now exudes self-confidence and is willing to share her feelings openly. She is excited for a new chapter in her life and the beginning of high school.