United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Hosts Baseball Tournament

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Hosts Baseball Tournament

On Saturday, July 9, five teams got together to play baseball in support of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. The games took place at Townsend Lions Park from 9 AM – 3 PM including a BBQ lunch. The winning team, “Brew Jays,” received Blue Jays tickets. A special thanks to deBoer Cabinets Inc. of Cayuga for sponsoring this event. Altogether, $1561 was raised to go towards United Way’s Annual Campaign. Thanks to all the teams for their support!

Day of Caring at Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre

Day of Caring at Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre

On June 30, an amazing team of Volunteers from CIBC volunteered at the Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre for the United Way Day of Caring.

It takes a village..

Several truckloads of unusable electronics, drywall, appliances, etc. were removed and taken for recycling and repurposing.  Donations of clothing & diapers were sorted and shelved in the Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre’s Care Closet.  Pipes were painted and friendships forged.

Marie Mitchell of the Norfolk Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre states, “We at NPC are so fortunate to be a part of the United Way, as well, we were able to create a new partnership with the wonderful people at CIBC.   We look forward to working together with them in the future.  Thank you United Way, for such an amazing program like the United Way Day of Caring.”

Meaghan Bowler of CIBC states, “The Day of Caring is a humbling, gratifying experience to see your efforts directly reflected in making our community a better place for all!”

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk’s Day of Caring events will be taking place in Haldimand and Norfolk counties over the summer.  “It’s wonderful to be able to immediately see the impact of your volunteer work,” states Brittany Burley, Executive Director of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk.  “The volunteers from CIBC took on several very large jobs and everyone came together as a team to get this important work done for a very valuable community organization.  We are so thankful for their support and desire to make positive change in our community.”

Day of Caring

Fanshawe Student Union Donates $567.85!

Crystal and Dena from Fanshawe Student Union came into our office today to present us with a donation of $567.85!  This money was raised at their 1st Annual Family Fun Day that was held on June 4 and Fanshawe College.

Brittany Burley accepts the donation from Crystal and Dena of Fanshawe Student Union.
Brittany Burley accepts the donation from Crystal and Dena of Fanshawe Student Union.

We’re so thankful that their Student Union chose to support us with their 1st Annual Family Fun Day! Thanks for your support!

Fanshawe Student Union's 1st Annual Family Fun Day
Fanshawe Student Union’s 1st Annual Family Fun Day

Day of Caring at Haldimand Abilities Centre a Success!

Day of Caring at Haldimand Abilities Centre a Success!

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk held 2016’s first Day of Caring event on June 22nd at the Haldimand Abilities Centre in partnership with Farm Credit Canada’s Simcoe office.  The event was a great success with volunteers from Farm Credit Canada working hard to beautify the sensory garden at the Haldimand Abilities Centre.  After a full morning of weed pulling, hedge trimming and more, the change was impressive.  The sensory garden supports the needs of people with dementia, vision loss and brain injury. It has great therapeutic and educational benefits and is helpful for dealing with disabilities that affect sensory responses.

Volunteers from Farm Credit Canada visited the Haldimand Abilities Centre to help them beautify their sensory garden.
Volunteers from Farm Credit Canada visited the Haldimand Abilities Centre to help them beautify their sensory garden.

“Thank you so much to United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk for connecting us with Farm Credit Canada in Simcoe,” states Lorraine Skarratt, Coordinator of the Haldimand Abilities Centre. “The team did an amazing job and made the Haldimand Abilities Centre garden look beautiful again. Their hard work was greatly appreciated and so many of our participants have expressed how happy they are to use the garden. We have some great programs for the summer and thanks to Farm Credit Canada we will be utilizing this lovely outdoor space.”

Volunteers from Farm Credit Canada busy at work in the garden.
Volunteers from Farm Credit Canada busy at work in the garden.

This Day of Caring event was the first of several that will be taking place in Haldimand and Norfolk counties over the summer.  “I’m happy to say that our first Day of Caring event was a great success,” states Brittany Burley, Executive Director of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk.  “The volunteers from Farm Credit Canada worked hard and did an incredible job beautifying the garden.  We really appreciate their commitment to our community.”

A group of volunteers from Farm Credit Canada working on the Haldimand Abilities Centre's sensory garden.
A group of volunteers from Farm Credit Canada working on the Haldimand Abilities Centre’s sensory garden.

Please contact Brittany Burley at [email protected] if you’re interested in participating in a Day of Caring event.

Holy Trinity Catholic High School Donates $1500 to United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk!

Holy Trinity Catholic High School Donates $1500 to United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk!

On the night of Wednesday, May 18, Holy Trinity held a United Way Glow Dance, where all proceeds were donated to United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. Principal Humberto Cacilhas and student council co-presidents Imogene Stortini and Berlyn Rymer along with Special Education Department Head Tara Williams, presented the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk a check for $1500, which was raised at the glow dance.

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United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk presented Holy Trinity  with two 2015 Campaign Awards. Student Council co-presidents Imogene Stortini and Berlyn Rymer accepted the awards for Top Catholic Secondary School, as well as the Spirit Award.

United Way greatly appreciates all of the continued support and efforts that went into fundraising for the glow dance event.

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Hires Summer Student

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk Hires Summer Student

Through the Canadian Summer Jobs Program, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk has hired a summer student for their “Special Events Coordinator” position.

Jill deBoer of Cayuga has shown evidence of her experience in fundraising and working with non-profit organizations. All the way from raising money to build a water well in Africa, to recently getting back from her fifth mission trip to Haiti, Jill has a heart for helping others. When Jill finishes her Child and Youth Worker Program at Sheridan College, she hopes to work closer with some of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk’s member agencies.

“I am beyond excited to start planning and coordinating events in our nearby communities that will help raise funds for United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk,” states Jill.

True Experience Raises over $1,000 for the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk

True Experience Raises over $1,000 for the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk

True Experience Supportive Housing & Community Work Program held a fundraiser Car Wash/Bake Sale/BBQ in support of the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk.

Katie Zimmer, Christian Doan, Brittany Burley & Sandie Heirwegh
Presenting the cheque for $1071.10 to Brittany Burley, Executive Director of the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk, is Christian Doan of True Experience. Others pictured are far left, Katie Zimmer who helped co-ordinate the event and far right, Sandie Heirwegh, Executive Director, True Experience.

True Experience is the newest member agency of the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. With the support of United Way, clients of True Experience enjoy Club TRUE, which is a social recreation program designed to foster a healthy lifestyle.

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk supports a network of twelve member agencies that provide sixteen programs that help residents of both counties. These programs focus on three key areas: 1) From Poverty to Possibility, 2) All That Kids Can Be, 3) Healthy People, Strong Communities.

“We are excited to partner with True Experience on a program that helps so many people in Dunnville live fuller lives, while enjoying a sense of belonging”, said Brittany Burley. “We look forward to future involvement in this community.”

Brittany Burley Named New Executive Director

Brittany Burley Named New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director, Brittany Burley.

Brittany Burley, Executive Director
Photo Courtesy of the Simcoe Reformer.

Brittany Burley brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, including a background in marketing, business administration, and account management.  Her resume highlights roles at myFM, the Centre for Management Development, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Health Canada.  Her non-profit experience includes work with the United Way, Simcoe Little Theatre, Prince’s Charities of Canada, and Futurpreneur Canada (formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation).  Burley is a graduate of the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Marketing.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to work for an organization that positively impacts so many lives,” states Burley.  “The United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is an important part of our community and adds great value to it.  I see a lot of potential to increase our impact to help even more people in need.  We are fortunate to be living in a caring community and I look forward to all of the positive change that we can make together.”