United Way Campaign 2020

United Way SD73 Employee Campaign
The 2020 United Way SD73 Employee Campaign - Results - Thank You, Everyone!

Your Donation Made a Big Difference!

Donations are up over 30 per cent. 

SD73 employees donated $23,807  to the 2020 campaign, up from $18,227 in 2019. 

Well done!

Prizes to donors have been awarded as follows:

Congratulations to our three winners of a day off without pay:

Admin - Colleen Wood

CUPE - Brenda MacAlister

KTTA - Lorraine Brookes

35 other prizes, worth a total of about $400, including monthly panners, books, glasses sets, gift cards and games were also awarded. The winners' names were drawn from the list of donors. 

How the United Way helps our students and our schools

The United Way supports our students, their families, our staff and our community through partnerships and programs - and in many ways big and small that might surprise you. 

From the Starfish Backpack program to providing much needed funds to help feed students in schools in the north part of the district following layoffs in the forest industry to accommodating the Four Directions Secondary Program --  the deep commitment  of the United Way to helping families in our region is clear. 

We want to keep the positive momentum of this campaign going next year, so watch for a great thank you for this year's donors coming in the fall of 2020. 

In the meantime, we'll keep the following information posted, so you can see what some SD73 staff have to say about why the United Way matters and why it's important to take advantage of the opportunity to donate.

Less than a Latte

Dana Heyman, executive assistant to the Superintendent, has a request for SD73 employees. She says doing this one thing would make a huge difference for children and families in our community. 




Heartfelt Impact: Partnerships with the United Way

The Four Directions program was housed at the United Way Xchange building before moving, the week of Nov. 12, to the Happyvale building.  Program coordinator Jordan Smith says she learned a lot about how the United Way helps the community.  Four Directions  is now reunited with TREC and Bridges program students in the aftermath of the Parkcrest Elementary school fire.



How We See Poverty in the District and How We Can Help

We've all experienced that feeling. We know what poverty looks like, and we know how it affects our students and their families. Bill Hamblett, District Assistant Superintendent - Secondary, describes how his experience of seeing poverty among students, and why giving back matters. 

TREC Vice-Principal on Giving Back to the Community We All Love 

Beth Dye, Twin Rivers Education Centre vice-principal, outlines two significant yet perhaps less well-known ways the United Way supports students at TREC. Her advice for giving to the United Way - once employees decide to donate - the district makes it easy. 

Feeding Students and Families, One Backpack at a Time

As a grade 2 teacher at Bert Edwards Science and Technology Elementary, Karla Chernoff is aware how deep the need goes for the food and supplies sent home every week in backpacks with students in the Starfish Backpack program. She is inspired by the gratitude of the families, and she believes in the importance of giving back. 


The United Way Difference for Parkcrest@GeorgeHilliard

Catherine Gorman, principal of Parkcrest@GeorgeHilliard Elementary, explains her perspective about the level of support provided to her school, students and staff  by the United Way, since the loss of Parkcrest Elementary to fire Sept. 5.

She has personal experience of the value of small donations, and she is grateful to the caring community of Kamloops for its ability to give back to an organization that keeps our donations in our community. 


Arthur Hatton Elementary Principal Understands Childhood Poverty

The 2018 BC Child Poverty Report Card released in May, 2019 reveals that one in five children in the province, and their families, live in poverty. In the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, that means more than 5,000 children and their families. 

Principal Deb Piggin explains the importance of the Starfish backpack program to the community.


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