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February 26, 2014

United Way recognizes its flood heroes

Flood heroes pose in the flood-ravaged community of BownessUnited Way of Calgary and Area wishes to congratulate the 1,300 Albertans the Alberta government recently recognized as Heroes of the Flood – including United Way and our staff members Heather Innes and Susan Ramsundarsingh, who went above and beyond when their city needed it most.

Innes, United Way’s manager of learning and engagement, was nominated for connecting agencies with volunteers and resources after the flood. She organized Day of Caring® events where volunteers with companies including Shell Canada and Talisman Energy created and delivered hampers for flood victims. “I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to support people and companies who care so much,” says Innes. “To me, they are the real heroes.”

Ramsundarsingh is part of the neighbourhood team at United Way and works in Bowness. When the flood hit, she worked alongside Bowness residents around the clock to make sure they were supported and taken care of. “She spent time in people’s homes, listening to those who had suffered the most and were often forgotten and isolated,” said one colleague. “Every neighbourhood needs a Susan - lots of them, actually.”

United Way was also nominated as a Hero of the Flood for its work supporting agencies after the disaster.

“I am so proud of Heather and Susan," says Lucy Miller, United Way’s President and CEO. "They are great role models of how Calgarians can get involved to make Calgary a great city for everyone. It’s an honour to be on this list alongside so many other community heroes who made a difference.”

Visit the Alberta Government website to see the full list of heroes!