Celebrating community excellence: United Way Halton & Hamilton shifts traditional Evening of Celebration to an online Virtual Campaign Celebration, commemorating 2019-2020 fundraising campaign and honouring local heroes.

HALTON & HAMILTON, Tuesday, May 26 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way Halton & Hamilton revamped our annual Evening of Celebration, as a Virtual Campaign Celebration. This digital event was held to commemorate the success of the 2019-2020 annual fundraising campaign, which launched last September.

Supporters, donors, community members and countless volunteers, have worked tirelessly over the past year, to help United Way create meaningful change. During the challenging times we now face, it is important to reinforce the power of community

“It is because of local heroes, that the most vulnerable in our community have hope,” says Brad Park, president and CEO of United Way Halton & Hamilton. “Through this trying time, we would like to recognize the collective power of community, by honouring the thousands of caring individuals and organizations that help make the Halton & Hamilton region a better place.”

The celebration was streamed online on May 8, 2020, as part of an interactive webcast where hundreds tuned in. The event was hosted by Park, with a special appearance from Anne Tennier, United Way Halton & Hamilton’s 2019-2020 Campaign Cabinet Chair.

“It takes an entire community to create meaningful change, and I am so grateful we have a community full of champions,” said Tennier.

During the celebration, it was announced that John Chisholm has been appointed Campaign Cabinet Chair for the 2020-2021 year. Chisholm will be succeeding Tennier, who will be generously remaining part of the Campaign Cabinet for the upcoming year.

“As a long-standing supporter and as a member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet, it is with great pride that I accept the torch, and follow the path set by our previous and valiant chair,” says Chisholm. “Let’s continue to inspire each other and others in the community – because when our United Way is successful, our entire community wins.”

John has a gift for giving back and serving community. He has proven to be a strong community leader and influencer, and has been a member of the United Way campaign for several years. As Partner and CEO of SB Partners, Burlington’s award-winning full-service accounting firm, John is a strong advocate of employee enrichment, and community support. Not only does John bring a new sense of leadership to the table, but also strategic thinking, and financial expertise.

Additionally, United Way awarded gold, silver and platinum level Spirit Awards, in recognition of the outstanding commitment of workplaces, employees and retired staff, over the past year.

The winners of the platinum level awards are:

· Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp.

· Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety

· City of Hamilton

· Ford Motor Company of Canada & Unifor Local 707

· McMaster University

· RBC Royal Bank

· Reliance Home Comfort

· SB Partners

· TD

· Terrapure Environmental

· UPS Supply Chain Solutions & UPS Canada

The winners of the gold level awards are:



· City of Burlington

· COGECO Connexion

· Community Living Oakville

· CUMIS Services Incorporated

· Eaton

· Enbridge

· FirstOntario Credit Union

· Genworth Canada

· Hadrian Manufacturing

· Hamilton & District Labour Council, CLC

· Hamilton Health Sciences

· John Deere Financial

· L3Harris

· Mattamy Homes

· Mohawk College

· NUVO Network

· O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP

· PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

· PwC

· Regional Municipality of Halton

· ROCKWOOL & Unifor Local 266

· Scotiabank

· Suez

· Support & Housing – Halton

· Town of Milton

· Town of Oakville

The winners of the silver level awards are:


· Alectra Utilities

· Appleby College

· ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

· ArcelorMittal Hamilton East Long Carbon & USW 5328

· Assurant Canada

· Bentley Canada


· Canada Centre for Inland Waters

· Canada Revenue Agency

· Community Living Hamilton

· Costco Canada

· Dana Incorporated & Unifor Local 1256

· Deloitte

· Desjardins Insurance

· Ecodyne Limited

· Endress+Hauser

· ETFO – Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontatio – Halton

· Grant Thornton LLP

· Halton Catholic District School Board

· Halton District School Board

· Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys’ and Girls’ Club

· Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

· Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

· Hamilton-Wentworth Elementary Teachers’ Local

· Hillfield Strathallan College

· Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

· Innomotive Solutions Group

· International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793


· Lawrie Insurance Group Inc.


· Leadec Industrial Services & Unifor Local 707

· Levitt Safety

· LiUNA Local 837

· Manulife Securities

· Milton Community Resource Centre

· Moen

· Mohawk College

· Mohawk Medbuy Corporation

· Natural Resources Canada

· Nelson Steel

· Oakville and District Labour Council

· Oakville Hydro

· Old Republic Insurance Company of Canada

· Ontario Public Service

· Pelmorex Media Inc.

· Procor Limited

· St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

· St. Matthew’s House

· Sun Life Financial

· United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 67

· Workplace Safety & Insurance Board

The 2020-2021 Campaign Cabinet members are:

· John Chisholm Campaign Cabinet Chair

· Anne Tennier Previous Campaign Cabinet Chair

· Alanna Waugh

· Angie DiFelice

· Cam Galindo

· Danielle Hourigan

· Dave Millar

· David Leatham

· Esther Hagerman

· Glenn Harkness

· Ian Troop

· John Hertel

· John Thorpe

· Junaid Mirza

· Kevin Fancey

· Kim Mathison

· Lloyd Smith

· Luisa Read

· Marge Grice

· Mike Cluett

· Paul Gregory

· Roy Musa

· Ryan Kantautas

· Ryan Packer

· Sarah-Kai Antanaitis

· Spencer Campbell

· Steve Boccadoro


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About United Way Halton & Hamilton

United Way Halton & Hamilton (UWHH) is committed to leading measurable, impactful change by identifying the most challenging issues in our community, and bringing together people and resources to address those issues. We connect volunteers with local needs, and offer training and operational support to local charities. Along with our network of partners and experts, UWHH conducts research and works with key stakeholders to generate support for the not-for-profit sector. Each dollar raised is invested right back into the community. Today, 202,421 residents across Halton and Hamilton rely on 129 United Way supported programs for life-changing services.

Outside of government, United Way is the largest funder of social service programs and initiatives in Canada.

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