Chris Woychyshyn, from WorleyParsons Canada, won the People Power award at United Way’s annual Spirits of Gold event on February 14. This award recognizes a campaign volunteer who has exceeded expectations and created a greater awareness of United Way in the community. When it comes to engaging employees to build a great city for everyone, Chris is a pro.

We caught up with Chris and asked her a few questions about philanthropy and how it has impacted her workplace.

Q: Why did you get involved with United Way as a volunteer?

A: Volunteering has been something I’ve done for as long as I can remember so it was easy to get involved with United Way. The money stays in our community and funds so many different kinds of agencies and programs. It helps everyone and not just a few.

It’s so easy to volunteer for United Way because it’s a workplace campaign where we all spend most of our time. I still volunteer for my daughter’s old sports association and she hasn’t been a member for over 15 years. I’ve always been an organizer (and kind of bossy according to my sisters) so becoming a volunteer was just as easy.

Q: How do you think your time as a United Way Employee Campaign Coordinator (ECC) has impacted those at your workplace?

A: I hope we’ve been able to educate our staff through our campaigns and also have provided a little fun. I hope we’ve made staff more aware of the issues that affect our community and have created some understanding and tolerance of these as well as helped people to become more engaged in all aspects of the workplace.

Q: How do you think your time as an ECC has changed you?

A: Being an ECC is an amazing leadership opportunity. I‘ve had the privilege of working with some amazing people on campaigns over the course of the last 20 years, both in the workplace and at United Way. Hopefully I am a better leader and mentor and have been able to inspire others.

Thank you to Chris and all those nominated for the People Power award. Check out Chris’s thank you video from CTV’s Derek Bidwell:

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