March 30, 2012

(United) Way to go, Westport!

Caroline Santoso, part of the United Way campaign team for Westport receives the award

Yesterday evening, the 2011 United Way campaign team from Westport was honoured with the organization’s “Leading the Way" Award. It’s presented by the United Way of the Lower Mainland to the team that most successfully motivated its colleagues to contribute personal gifts of more than $1,000, and has organized the most exceptional Leadership Giving Campaign.   

The Westport United Way Campaign Team
Back row: Dr. Hill, Greg Harper, Bill Larkin, Monika Weber, Darren Gill,  Karen Hamberg,
Front row: Jason Newton, Maureen Glover, Caroline Santoso, Andrew Lew
Between 2010 and 2011, the number of leadership donors contributing to the Westport campaign jumped from 19 to 37.  In 2011, Westport employees raised and contributed $109,608, as well as a $100,000 gift from Dr. Philip Hill who donated award money received from the 2011 Earnest C. Manning Foundation Awards. His donation is intended to fund the United Way impact area of children 6-12 in the out of school or community schools program.

One of the employee bands at Westport play during United Way week 2011

Dr. Hill’s generosity inspired the Westport campaign team to find new, creative ways to encourage colleagues to donate and leverage his tremendous gift.

The Westport team enjoying lunch during United Way week in 2011
Westport believes that change starts right here in the local communities where we work, live and play. Our thanks to everyone who participated in the 2011 campaign, and to the United Way for their recognition.

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