Alberta Capital Region honours supporters and reveals record setting achievement of $23.1 million
EDMONTON, AB – Thursday evening, amidst a flurry of confetti cannons and great musical entertainment, a sold out crowd of over 650 community leaders and supporters gathered to honour individuals, business, government and labour unions at the 2012 United Way Red Tie Gala, Awards of Distinction, brought to us by Northlands.
On stage at the Edmonton Expo Centre, president and CEO of ATB Financial and 2012 United Way Campaign Cabinet Chair, Dave Mowat announced that the community once again exceeded its fundraising goal by raising $23.1 million and acknowledged the amazing achievements of community and individuals throughout the campaign.
“I do know one thing for certain, no one person can do this alone – it takes an entire community. There’s a certain bond that people establish when they focus their efforts on a common goal,” said Dave Mowat. “Together, with the community, we set our sights high and rallied to raise an incredible $23.1 million dollars. This is the largest achievement ever in the history of United Way in our region and I am humbled by the dedication and commitment it took to reach this milestone. Considering this significant achievement, simply
saying thank you doesn’t really seem like enough – but I think it’s the best place to start.”
Along with the presentation of the annual award categories and the fundraising achievement announcement, attendees were treated to an awe-inspiring performance of United We’re Strong, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region’s 2012 Campaign Song. Performed by Tupelo Honey’s Dan Davidson, rapper Maigan van der Giessen and vocalist Yasmeen Najmeddine, accompanied by group of talented local artists, they had the room rocking and crowd on their feet.
The evening of celebration came to a close with Dave Mowat passing the torch to the incoming 2013 United Way Campaign Chair, Gary Bosgoed, Senior Vice President, WorleyParsons Canada Services Ltd.
A full list of award winners is included below.
2012 United Way Awards of Distinction Recipients
Workplace Ambassador of the Year, Public Sector
Luwam Kiflemariam, Canada Revenue Agency
Workplace Ambassador of the Year, Private Sector
Cam Fraser, The CAT Rental Store
Employee Campaign Chair of the Year, Public Sector
Corinna Mulyk, Alberta Transportation
Traci Toshack & Anthony Norrad, MacEwan University
Employee Campaign Chair of the Year, Private Sector
Heidi Griesbauer, CenturyVallen
Craig Curran-Morton, Finning (Canada)
Campaign Special Event of the Year
Everyday Hero Event, Alberta Enterprise & Advanced Education
Kathleen Huber Outstanding Discovery Speaker Award
Brian McPherson, Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta)
Outstanding Campaign Committee
WorleyParsons Canada Services Ltd.
George Letki Outstanding Volunteer Award
Outstanding Employee Support
Provincial Employees' United Way Campaign
Outstanding InKind Support
Page The Cleaner
Outstanding Corporate & Employee Support
$2,000,000+ PCL family of companies
$1,000,000+ Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
Best New Campaign Award
City of Edmonton
Medical Imaging Consultants
Best Leaders of the Way Campaign
PCL family of companies
Rising Star Award
Reliance – The Furnace Company
Largest Employee Fund Gift
Edmonton Civic Employees’ Charitable Assistance Fund
Quantum Leap Award
Goodwill Industries of Alberta
National Oilwell Varco
Largest Campaign – Under 50 Employees
David Aplin Group
Education and Engagement Award
Labour Awards of Distinction
1. CAW Canada
2. Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union of Canada
3. Edmonton & District Labour Council