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July 05, 2012

United Way’s new President envisions bold future for city

April 18th, 2012 – Calgary, AB – More than 300 volunteers, donors and partner agencies gathered at the Telus Convention Centre to hear Dr. Lucy Miller, new President and CEO of United Way of Calgary and Area, share her personal story of moving from a life of poverty to one full of possibilities.

“Having experienced hardship first hand, I know full well the challenges many Calgarians face,” says Dr. Miller.  “I strongly believe in our city, in our people and in our potential to make a difference in solving social issues so all Calgarians can lead healthy, successful lives.”

As the keynote speaker for United Way’s 53rd Annual General Meeting, Dr. Miller captivated the audience with her vision and bold new plans for positive change in our city.“We are a city of pioneers, inventors, visionaries, innovators and leaders.  It is up to us as Calgarians to decide what kind of city we want to live in,” says an enthusiastic Dr. Miller.   “I imagine a city where everyone has an opportunity to be successful and to contribute to the growth and wellbeing of our great city.”

“We are a city of pioneers, inventors, visionaries, innovators and leaders.  It is up to us as Calgarians to decide what kind of city we want to live in."

During the formal program, incoming Board Chair, Art Korpach, welcomed new United Way Board members Susan Riddell Rose, President of Perpetual Energy Inc., and Jaymal Ruparell, President of RJR Enterprises Ltd.  Also introduced were new ex-officio Board members representing United Way’s BeCause initiative, Sheenah Rogers, President of Anstice Communications and Joe Connors, of PennWest Exploration.

Nashir Samanani, United Way’s Past Chair, thanked retiring Board members Larry Macdonald, Alice Chan, Blaine Favel, Ryan Jennings and Scott Thon for their dedication and years of volunteer service to United Way. 

The event also made a special presentation acknowledging the recipient of this year’s prestigious Francis Lefaivre Award.  The award was created by United Way in memory of Francis Lefaivre, a close friend and generous Calgarian who was an inspiration to many. 

This year’s recipients, Mac and Susan Van Wielingen were recognized for their passion for community, their contributions and commitment to helping make Calgary a great city for everyone and for being a champion for positive change to social issues.

“Mac and Susan have been long time supporters of United Way as generous donors, volunteers and advisors to our work,” shares Dr. Miller. “As leaders in the community, the Van Wielingen’s have been part of finding new ways to address social issues and build the sector’s capacity. We are very privileged to have Mac and Susan as such great friends of United Way.”

Dr. Miller closed the event with an inspirational call to action, asking Calgarians to “stand up” and get involved.  “We can’t do everything, but we can do something,” she explains.  “This is our city! Our children! Our Future!  Change starts when we work together. Change starts here!”

For a complete listing of United Way’s 2012/2013 Board of Directors, visit: http://bit.ly/IjTISg

For more information on United Way’s work in the community, log ontowww.calgaryunitedway.org

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