Entries by Brian Bourke

Digging It-Day of Caring with Toyota

“It was a great way to spend a day and make a difference”-Day of Caring Participant   It wasn’t a normal work day for any of us. A group of Toyota employees and some staff from United Way Waterloo Region Communities traded in their usual employment tools for pitchforks, shovels and gloves at the Rare […]

Is Technology a Force for Good?

“Tech for Good” That was the theme of the True North conference held last week in Waterloo Region. For many of us, the life changing aspects of technology might only extend as far as the smartphone we carry everywhere. Has that been a force for good?  If you look at the issue, every major technological innovation […]

June is Seniors’ Month

We’ve heard for years about the impact of the baby boom generation. In Canada,the boom years spanned from 1946 to 1965. During those 20 years more than 8 million babies were born–an average of more than 400 thousand per year. To put that in perspective there were 377 thousand births in 2008, when Canada’s population […]

Paper Chase: Shred for a Cause

“Everything we do in the digital realm – from surfing the Web to sending an e-mail to conducting a credit card transaction to, yes, making a phone call – creates a data trail. And if that trail exists, chances are someone is using it – or will be soon enough.”-Douglas Rushkoff, author of “Throwing Rocks […]

A Waterloo Region wide volunteer centre brings benefits.

One stop shopping for volunteer opportunities in Waterloo Region Volunteer Centres in Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo combine services. May 9, 2018 (Waterloo Region) There’s now just one place to go for residents to find volunteer opportunities and for community organizations to recruit volunteers in Waterloo Region. After a successful partnership covering three decades, the Volunteer Centre […]

Congratulations to the 2018 Spirit Award Winners

2018 United Way Waterloo Region Communities Spirit Award Winners Rising Star  The Rising Star Award recognizes a new or returning campaign and/or Employee Campaign Manager that has demonstrated outstanding initiative and immense growth throughout this year’s campaign efforts. 2018 Recipient:   Peak Realty Peak Realty has become a valued partner in a United Way effort to […]

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 […]