United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Announces First Ever Living Wage for our Region

What does it take for a family of four to live comfortably in Haldimand and Norfolk County? That’s the question we wanted to answer in 2019. Adhering to the principles and methodology of the Canadian Living Wage Framework, we calculated the 2019 hourly Living Wage for Haldimand and Norfolk to be $16.58.

The Living Wage is the hourly wage a worker needs to earn to cover their family’s basic everyday expenses, such as food, housing, utilities, childcare and transportation. The Living Wage was calculated based on a family composition consisting of two 35-year old parents working full-time for 35 hours per week, one 7-year old child who attends school and before and after school care and one 3-year old in childcare full-time year round. Different from the Minimum Wage which is provincially set, the Living Wage is locally derived. The costs used to calculate the Living Wage for Haldimand and Norfolk have come from local sources based on expenses in this community. The Minimum Wage which is currently $14/hour does not take into account the basic needs to maintain a healthy, sustainable life. While the Minimum Wage is adjusted for inflation in Ontario, the Living Wage is adjusted annually to take into consideration cost of living increases, and changes.

A Living Wage means families can make ends meet and don’t have to choose between groceries, medical/dental expenses or rent. It means they can participate in community activities, like putting their kids into sports. What the Living Wage doesn’t include is credit card payments, loan or debt interest, savings for retirement, owning a home, savings for children’s future education, pets, or the cost of caring for loved ones with serious illnesses or disabilities. The Living Wage does not include anything other than the smallest cushion for emergencies or hard times.

“There are a number of benefits to calculating the Living Wage for our community. One of our key focus areas is ‘From Poverty to Possibility’ and we believe knowing how much it costs to survive in our community is an important first step to reducing poverty.”

Brittany Burley, Executive Director

Communities that have already implemented the Living Wage have found it to be beneficial to employers by improving recruitment, employee retention, increased productivity and morale and reduced retraining expenses. For the workers it reduced the need to work multiple jobs to pay bills, reduced stress of financial pressures, provided opportunities for skills training to further employment opportunities, improved nutrition, and raised the standards of living and quality of life. The community benefitted by raising consumer spending locally, increased local participation, and lowered child poverty rates.

Every community experiences different conditions that affect local expenses and that’s why the Living Wage differs by region. For example, Perth and Huron’s Living Wage is $17.55, while Hamilton’s is $16.42. The lack of transportation services across Haldimand and Norfolk and the shortage of affordable housing are two factors affecting local costs. To learn more about the specific local costs, please refer to the infographic above.

We would like to thank Kayla Schaff for her help with this project.

For more information contact: Brittany Burley, Executive Director
United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk
Phone: 519-426-5660 Email: [email protected]

Funding Applications for Non-Profits Now Open

Funding Applications for Non-Profits Now Open

We are now accepting funding applications from non-profit organizations for the 2020/2021 year. Funding is available for three main focus areas:

If you are a non-profit agency serving the Haldimand and Norfolk community and would like to apply for funding, please click on the following links for applications and our guideline:


Friday, January 10, 2020 @4:00 pm

Funding decisions are community driven and community focused. Each year a group of local volunteers representing various sectors in Haldimand and Norfolk form the Allocations Committee. Using their knowledge and first-hand experience, they allocate funds to the programs they feel will meet the most urgent needs of Haldimand and Norfolk residents.

In 2019, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk supported 15 programs throughout our community serving 15,000+ individuals in need. United Way’s goal for the 2020/2021 funding year is to help 16,000 people in Haldimand and Norfolk. This number includes mental health and wellness supports for 2,000 people, educational programs for 2,500 children, community programs for 3,000 seniors and 8,000 people moving themselves from poverty to possibility.

Announcing New Interim Executive Director

Welcome Kim Shippey as Interim Executive Director

Kim Shippey, Interim Executive Director

I am thrilled to be working with the agency partners in Haldimand and Norfolk, The United Way team and Board of Directors, plus the many supportive donors, that together, are creating impactful change through collective action.

Kim Shippey

Kim Shippey is President of KMJ Consultants. She is an experienced fundraising professional with 15+ years working within the not-for-profit sector with organizations such as the Mohawk College Foundation, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, United Way Greater Hamilton and Burlington and two independent schools, Hillfield Strathallan College and Oakville’s Appleby College.

Through effective engagement and a strategic approach, Kim has successfully led multiple capital and annual campaigns, raising in excess of $100 million dollars. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), has received a certificate from Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence, certificates in Emotionally Effective Leadership and earned the Fundamentals of Fundraising certificate from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Kim, who grew up in Hagersville, has lived in the Norfolk area for over 20 years and currently calls Port Dover home where she lives with her husband George and their two daughters Emma and Chloe. Kim and George share a love of theatre and have co-directed a number of musicals at Simcoe Little Theatre, including Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors and A Christmas Carol and recently co-directed the community show at Lighthouse Festival Theatre, The Wizard of Oz.

We are very happy to have Kim step into Brittany’s shoes while she is on her maternity leave. We look forward to moving toward a better tomorrow for our community and neighbours with Kim at the head of the table.

2019 Jail & Bail

Announcing Campaign Goal at Annual Jail & Bail

On September 19, we kicked off our 2019 campaign with over $10,000 raised at our annual Jail and Bail event in Simcoe and Cayuga. The weather was perfect and the day was full of fun, with creative crimes such as ‘Never Giving a Straight Answer,’ ‘Cow Tipping,’ and ‘Failing to Buy the Office Lunch.’ We had new faces at the events this year but by far the favourite were a pair of Jack Russels, Phinn and Dino, accompanied by their owner Sandie Heirwegh. This trio came away with ‘Most Creative Crime’ and ‘Most Funds Raised’ for Haldimand. Taking the prize for ‘Best Costume’ was David Sykes for his crime of ‘Computer Hacking.’
In Norfolk, the enthusiastic team from the Norfolk Association for Community Living took home the ‘Most Funds Raised’ award, Katherine Whitney won ‘Best Costume’ and Ron Tomczak was awarded ‘Most Creative Crime.’

It was a great day and Brittany Burley, our Executive Director, announced our campaign goal in a very new way.

“More important to us than the dollars raised, is the impact these funds have on the community, which is why this year we are going to announce our annual campaign goal as an impact goal of what we plan to achieve in the community!”

Our goal is to help 16,000 people in Haldimand and Norfolk. This number includes mental health and wellness supports for 2,000 people, educational programs for 2,500 children, community programs for 3,000 seniors and 8,000 people moving themselves from poverty to possibility. Burley stated,

“This is only possible with the support from the communities in which we live.”

We would like to extend a special thanks to the following: McDonald’s (Simcoe) for coffee, Tim Hortons (Cayuga) for coffee and prizes, OPP Norfolk for their time and fingerprinting skills, Ron Tomczak the FauxPP Officer, Turkstra Lumber (Simcoe) for creating the jail cell, Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand and Norfolk for Photos & Presentation, Adam Veri for the logo design, MyFM for the sound system, and Foodland (Cayuga) and Shopper’s Drugmart (Simcoe) for the use of their parking lot.

Stuff the Bus 2019

United Way’s “Stuff the Bus” Helps Hundreds of Kids

Imperial – Day of Caring event (sorting supplies and stuffing backpacks)

Over 600 kids in Haldimand and Norfolk received new school supplies.

We were proud to deliver backpacks filled with new school supplies to over 600 students in need across Haldimand and Norfolk. At first, the goal seemed overwhelming as the number of kids in need grew from 125 to over 600 students, more than double from the previous year. Last year, 10 schools signed up to receive supplies while this year 29 schools signed up. This was in part due to the growing awareness of the program among the schools and community.

Our goal was to provide local students with the supplies they need to succeed, regardless of family income. We worked with the local public and Catholic schools to identify how many kids in the schools needed help and which supplies were needed the most. Donation bins were located throughout the two counties where community members could drop off donated items. The donated school supplies helped students of all ages.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation for the generous donation of back to school backpacks for students in need…and parents have been very appreciative. Thank you for supporting our students,”

Colleen Kelly, Principal of Hagersville Elementary School

Due to the generous support of local community members, businesses, churches and local charities, the United Way was successful in meeting this goal. A big thank you goes out to: Superstore, Staples, Norfolk County Public Library, Zehrs, Haldimand County Public Library, Giant Tiger in Haldimand, CAMHS Wellness & Recovery Centre, Dr. Lorelei Zeiler’s office, Julia’s Bistro, Domino’s Pizza, Cobb and Jones LLP, Norfolk Association for Community Living, Rotary Club Norfolk Sunrise, Lion’s Club Jarvis, Scotlynn Group, Toyotetsu, The Positive Vibe Project, RBC local branches, Mt. Zion United Church, St. Paul Anglican Church, Faith Centennial United Church, Simcoe Caring Cupboard, Turkstra Lumber and the many, many community members who became involved in this very important project.

The amount of donated school supplies was so great that three locations were needed in order to store them before distribution. Two Day of Caring events with staff volunteers from Libro Credit Union and Imperial were held to do the sorting, packing and delivery of the supplies to the 29 schools who signed up to receive them.

When people work together, everyone wins!

We Are Hiring!

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is hiring an interim Executive Director

Terms of Employment:

  • Full-time 14 to 18 month maternity leave contract
  • Hours: 35 hours per week, 9 AM – 5 PM with occasional weekend and evening meetings
  • Salary: $45,026 – $55,373
  • Start Date: November 2019
  • Reports to: Board of Directors
  • Health benefits after the 3-month probationary period
  • Job Location: Simcoe, Ontario with travel throughout Haldimand and Norfolk Counties

For more information read the full job posting here – UWHN Interim ED Job Posting (003) 

Application Deadline:

  • Monday, September 23, 2019

Please submit your resume and cover letter by email only to [email protected].

Annual General Meeting Awards 2019

2019 Annual General Meeting Awards

Volunteer of the Year Peter Davidson

Harold J. Schneider Community Service Award

Marc Peppin

Spirit Awards

  • Norfolk Association for Community Living
  • Cobb & Jones LLP
  • Ontario Provincial Police – Norfolk County Detachment
  • Cayuga Foodland

2018 Caring Community Awards

PLATINUM ($25,000+)

  • Aberdeen Health and Community Services Foundation
  • Imperial
  • LCBO

GOLD ($10,000 – $24,999)

  • Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
  • Grand Erie District School Board
  • RBC Financial Group
  • Stelco

SILVER ($5,000 – $9,999)

  • BMO Financial Group
  • CIBC
  • Domino’s Pizza – Simcoe
  • Norfolk Association for Community Living
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • TD Bank Financial Group
  • Union Gas Ltd.

BRONZE ($500 – $4,999)

  • Anonymous
  • Barrel Restaurant
  • Bell Canada
  • Brantford & District Labour Council
  • Brokerlink
  • Cobb & Jones LLP
  • Dalhousie Place
  • David’s Restaurant, Elements Day Spa, Links of Dover Coast
  • Don Hyde Marine Ltd.
  • Erie Beach Hotel
  • Fanshawe College
  • Farm Credit Canada
  • Federal Government Retirees
  • Government of Canada Employees
  • Haldimand County
  • Haldimand Norfolk REACH
  • Harsco MultiServ Canada
  • Hydro One
  • K.Smart Associates Ltd.
  • Libro Credit Union
  • MHN Lawyers
  • Meridian Credit Union Ltd.
  • Norfolk Community Help Centre
  • Norfolk County
  • Ontario Provincial Police – Norfolk County Detachment
  • Province of Ontario Employees
  • Rassaun Services Inc.
  • Scotiabank
  • Service Employees International Union
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Toyotetsu Canada
  • True Experience
  • Turkstra Lumber

Funding for Two New Programs

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Announces Funding for Two New Programs

We are proud to announce that we will be funding two new programs in 2019. United Way funding decisions are community driven and community focused. Each year a group of local volunteers representing various sectors in Haldimand and Norfolk form the Allocations Committee. Using their knowledge and first-hand experience, they allocate funds to the programs they feel will meet the most urgent needs of Haldimand and Norfolk residents.

The two new United Way funded programs are as follows:

Taylor the Turtle: My Body Belongs to Me

A seven-module body rights program for primary grade aged children that encourages the strengthening of protective factors such as emotional literacy, resiliency, self-confidence, expression abilities, and body awareness.

Path to Possibilities

Residents of Trillium Manor, a supportive rent geared-to-income home for individuals living with mental illness, learn skills to live independently. These skills include budgeting, healthy eating, grocery shopping, critical thinking, empathy, self-awareness, problem solving, communication, stress management and interpersonal relationship building.

We wish to extend a thank you to the following volunteers that made up this year’s Allocations Committee. Most of whom braved a winter storm to attend a meeting.

  • Adam Veri
  • Alison High
  • Anonymous
  • Ed Sanchuk
  • Gary Nelson
  • Haley McIntosh
  • Janice Warrell
  • Louis Brzozowski
  • Melanie Atkins
  • Scott Buchanan
  • Taylor Vanhooren

In total United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk will be supporting 15 programs throughout Haldimand and Norfolk serving 12,500+ individuals in need right here at home. The programs that continued to receive funding again in 2019 are:

  • Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Training
  • Basic Job Readiness Training
  • Club T.R.U.E. (Together, Recreation, Understanding & Enjoyment)
  • Youth Mentorship Program
  • CYPRES 55+
  • Family Services Counselling Program
  • Parenting After Separation/Divorce
  • Peer and Home-Based Vision Support
  • Settlement Services
  • Volunteer Services

Port Dover Christmas Pub Crawl Raises $3002 for United Way

Port Dover Christmas Pub Crawl Raises $3002 for United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk

Organizer Louie Brzozowski and United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk’s Board President,
Scott Buchanan

The annual Port Dover Christmas/Charity Pub Crawl is becoming more successful with each passing year.

This year’s event supported United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk, bringing in a grand total of $3002.55. The money was raised in less than 7 hours with two teams competing to see who could raise the most funds. The women’s team “Babes” competed with the men’s team “Boys” with the women’s team coming out on top raising almost double the amount of the men’s team.

This was a fun event with approximately 45 minutes at each stop which started at The Beach House and then on to the Fisherman’s Catch, The Terrace Room, Southside Louie’s, The Brig at the Norfolk Tavern, and Two Eleven Main.

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk were very grateful to have been chosen as the recipient this year. Many thanks to the event organizer Louie Brzozowski and for all participants and participating pubs. When community gets involved, everyone wins. 😊