Entries by Brian Bourke

Introducing the 2018 Spirit Award nominees

United Way Waterloo Region Communities is proud to work with, and through a dedicated list of individuals, organizations, volunteers and agencies. The 2018 Spirit Awards will honour the efforts of all those partners as we move toward our fall campaign. Nominations revealed for 2018 Spirit Awards Inspiring examples of Waterloo Region’s community spirit. The first Spirit […]

Focus on Volunteering: March 2018

Family Volunteering     Kevin Sharpen and his son Noah are dedicated volunteers at Pinehurst Lake Park. It’s a home-away-from-home for their family. Every summer for over 15 years, their family trailer is parked at the small spring-fed lake north of Paris, Ontario for the season. His grandparents have camped at Pinehurst every summer. Memories of the […]

What’s Next? The Needle and the Damage Done.

Just over a week ago, GenNext and United Way Waterloo Region Communities hosted “The Needle and the Damage Done”, an honest and frank discussion of the opioid issue in Waterloo Region and across the country. You can see some coverage of the event broadcast on CTV. More than 100 people attended the evening, which featured […]

United Way maintains community funding.

“We care, because you care.” United Way begins work towards reinvigorating our community. (Waterloo Region) –February 9, 2018 One year after integrating into a region wide United Way, the CEO is pledging a new era of transparency, accountability and co-operation. Speaking to more than 30 United Way partner agencies earlier this week, Joan Fisk said: […]

GenNext-The Needle and the Damage Done

“I sing the song because I love the man, I know that some of you won’t understand”- Neil Young, The Needle and the Damage Done. Neil Young’s iconic song was written more than 40 years ago, describing the destruction he saw even among his own friends from heroin addiction. It resonates today as Waterloo Region […]

Making a Move

In April of 2017 we began the integration of United Way KW and Area and United Way Cambridge North Dumfries in to the new United Way Waterloo Region Communities. Since that time we have been operating in two separate locations.  Understandably this causes some challenges to create a cohesive team.    Having every one of our staff […]

Volunteers Power Affordable Housing.

 Each month United Way WRC, along with some of our media partners shines the spotlight on a local volunteer.  There are hundreds of opportunities for you to make a difference.  Our Kristen Feduck tells the story of Bryan Shows. For many of us, our home is an anchor.   It’s a sanctuary where we can relax […]

Tax Time-Preparation is key

As we move into the first few days of the New Year, it’s time to start thinking about your tax return.   As a registered charity, United Way Waterloo Region Communities provides receipts for donation made during the calendar year.      If you’re among our supporters who make donations through payroll deduction, your T4 Slip should state the […]

Poverty is not inevitable

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade, and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent […]

December 6: Remember and Act.

It has been almost 30 years since the horrific attack at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, where 14 women were murdered.   Just because they were women. This article, from Raise the Hammer provides plenty of information on the issues surrounding violence against women. The Canadian Foundation for Women also has an insightful piece on the number of […]