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The United Way for Kawartha Lakes celebrates 50 years

Photo: The Above and Beyond Award is presented to (left to right) Pat Twohey, Marlene Wood, Sherry Truax Giltenan, Tim Truax and Barb Truax for their contributions to the United Way CKL through the organization of the Out of this World with Colonel Chris Hadfield. Absent, Ruth Tait. Also in the picture: Shantal Ingram, Community Investment Coordinator, United Way CKL.

By Lindsey Cooke

KAWARTHA LAKES- It has been 50 years since The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes began and to celebrate they held the Spirit Awards on Wednesday.

It was announced that there was a total of $462,493 raised with $418,493 going towards the 2016 Campaign and $44,000 going towards the 2017 Campaign. The Campaign Co-chairs were present to express their appreciation and gratitude for the campaign and organization. 

“Very early in the campaign there was this statement & I couldn’t get it out of my head. ‘90% of the citizens in our city will access the United Way!’  This means 9 out of every 10 of us will use a service sometime in our lives!!  This is Mind blowing! Therefore the success of our United Way is only achieved when everyone in The City of Kawartha embraces one another through giving to the UW for its agencies” said one of the Campaign Co-chairs, Sherry Truax Giltenan.

Another Campaign co-chairman, Barb Truax had pointed out that over 38,253 clients benefitted from the services of the 11 agencies along with 1800 volunteers and some 700 staff.

The Community Investment Coordinator, Shantal Ingram shared her thoughts about the people that supported the United Way for the city of Kawartha Lakes and helped raise awareness for their 50th anniversary campaign.

“As always, we had very dedicated individuals work together to raise funds and awareness during our 50th Anniversary Campaign. Our campaign goal has always been about the number of people who find help or supportive services when they need it. This year our goal was to help 30,000 people. The results speak to the tenacity and caring leaders who worked on our Campaign Cabinet and who worked on our special events. We are extremely grateful to all supporters of our United Way.”

The celebration included presenting the Spirit Awards to a number of different people and groups who had volunteered with fundraising and community development for the organization.

The Above and Beyond Award was presented to the Three Chairs Team: Barb Truax, Ruth Tait, Pat Twohey, Marlene Wood, Sherry Truax Giltenan & Tim Truax for their commitment and dedication to bringing Colonel Chris Hadfield to the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Chantal Ellingwood was presented with the Volunteer of the Year award. Ellingwood has been involved with the United Way CKL for several years. She sits on both the Mona Hall Review Committee & the Citizens Review Panel. This year she acted as a team leader for the Citizens Review Panel & provided valuable leadership working with our placement student from Trent University who was part of her team.

The fill list of winners for each award are listed below.

Campaign Co-chairs Award: Barb Truax, Tim Truax & Sherry Truax Giltenan— For their time & commitment to the campaign & the Out of This World with Colonel Chris Hadfield Event.

Spirit of Giving Award: To our Campaign Cabinet for all of their hard work & support throughout this campaign: Helga Guthrie, Cathy Burke, Kyla Maude, Michael Giese, Laurie Lawder, John Chambers, Marcus Tully & Sharon Yeo.

Above & Beyond Award: Three Chairs Team: Barb Truax, Ruth Tait, Pat Twohey, Marlene Wood, Sherry Truax Giltenan & Tim Truax— For their commitment & dedication to bringing Colonel Chris Hadfield to the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Volunteer of the Year: Chantal Ellingwood—Chantal has been involved with the United Way CKL for several years. She sits on both the Mona Hall Review Committee & the Citizens Review Panel. This year she acted as a team leader for the Citizens Review Panel & provided valuable leadership working with our placement student from Trent University who was part of her team.

Sponsored Employee Award: Michael Giese & Lindsay Central Ambulance Communications Centre, Ontario Public Service – This was our 1st year participating in this program & we would like to thank Mike for his hard work & the LCACC for loaning him to the United Way for 4 months. This was a fantastic experience for all.

Engagement Award: Crayola Canada—For their continued commitment to the City of Kawartha Lakes & United Way CKL, through their annual Crayola Sale, providing economic impact & awareness to the City & supporting the United Way through time, talent & funds.

Leading the Way Award: LCBO City of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton stores—For providing education & awareness at their 12 stores to residents, visitors & staff about the impact their donation to United Way CKL makes in CKL & Haliburton.

Creative Campaign Award: Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board—For their first Put Your Director to Work Day raffle in support of United Way. The PVNCCDSB has 4 United Ways in its catchment area, the raffle winner’s work location determined where the raffle proceeds would go & UWCKL was the lucky United Way.

Neighbourhood Bounty Award: Community Garden Major Sponsors—Home Hardware Group of Stores, RBC Foundation & the Otto & Marie Pick Foundation, for their continued commitment to this program.

Silver Trowel Award: Frank Smith & Gary Pearson—For their dedication & hard work for the community garden program in CKL, including leading the development of the Duke & Durham Streets Garden, adding 22 new garden plots in 2016.

Community Impact Award: Coboconk Lions Club—For 2 decades, in partnership with United Way CKL, they have held the Coboconk Duck Derby. They return the funds raised back into the community through their local projects, & the day of the event is the busiest business day in Coboconk, providing a valuable economic impact to the village.

All That Kids Can Be Award: King Albert Public School—For their contribution to the Community Garden Program. Students grow tomatoes in their Green Thumbs Club & donate them to the United Way to be planted in our garden plots.

Spirit of the Community Award: (This award is presented to individuals who lead the way in supporting the work of UWCKL in the community) – Pat O’Reilly & Andrew Veale

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