Spirits of Gold 2019: You did local good.

About the evening

Thanks to you, over 900 agencies, work places, government officials and community members came together to celebrate raising $50.7 million to solve the unignorable issues in our city in the 2018 campaign. The sold out, action-packed evening included many event highlights including an interactive engagement area, dinner, awards, campaign highlights, and a live performance by special guest and local artist, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.

Thank you for doing local good.


2019 Highlights

An attendee writes down a way to do local good.

An attendee writes down a way to do local good.

A few attendees engage in the #Unignorable bird cage.

A few attendees engage in the #Unignorable bird cage.

2018 co-chairs Dave Smith & Noralee Bradley, Karen Young, and 2019 co-chairs Nancy Foster & Marc Joiner.

2018 co-chairs Dave Smith & Noralee Bradley, Karen Young, and 2019 co-chairs Nancy Foster & Marc Joiner.

Karen Young celebrates with the University of Calgary, winners of the President’s Award.

Karen Young celebrates with the University of Calgary, winners of the President’s Award.

Special guest and local artist Michael Bernard Fitzgerald performing on stage.

Special guest and local artist Michael Bernard Fitzgerald performing on stage.

 

Take a look at our Facebook album to view more photos from the 2019 awards gala.

 


Awards

 

Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy

Awarded to two next generation professional leaders in Calgary, this award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to shape the future of our great city through community involvement and charitable giving.

Adam Le Dain and Brennan O’Yeung with the Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy

2019 Recipients:
Adam Le Dain and Brennan O’Yeung

 

Awards of Excellence – Under 500 Employees / Over 500 Employees

This award recognizes candidates, in the over 500 employee category, that have demonstrated outstanding and innovative campaigns with 40% average participation over 3 years, and candidates in the under 500 employee category that have demonstrated outstanding and innovative campaigns with 50% average participation over 3 years. One award will be given to organizations with over 500 employees and one to organizations with under 500 employees.

Charlesglen Toyota with the Award of Excellence – Under 500 Employees

2019 Recipient for Under 500 Employees:
Charlesglen Toyota

Altalink with the Award of Excellence – Over 500 Employees

2019 Recipient for Over 500 Employees:
Altalink

 

Gen Next Award

This award recognizes organizations that have engaged the next generation of professionals (20 and 30 year olds) through leadership, educational activities, or by involving them on their Campaign Committee.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. with the Gen Next Award

2019 Recipient:
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

 

Welcome to United Way

This award recognizes organizations that are supporting United Way for the first time. To be eligible, the organization must not have conducted an employee campaign at any time within the past five years. Eligible candidates demonstrate a commitment to the community by empowering their employees or the community to give, volunteer, and act.

Paramount Resources Ltd. with the Welcome to United Way Award

2019 Recipient:
Paramount Resources Ltd.

 

Power of One

This award recognizes a United Way campaign volunteer who has exceeded expectations and created a greater awareness of United Way, in the community and workplace, through their personal involvement and initiative.

Kristen Brown from Fluor Canada Ltd. with the Power of One Award

2019 Recipient:
Kristen Brown, Fluor Canada Ltd.

 

Core to the Community

This award recognizes organizations and employees who have demonstrated outstanding support of the Core Giving Program, which includes donors who give up to $1,199 per year. The nominated organizations have demonstrated excellent use of the Core Giving materials, have high participation and engagement rates, and have shown an increase in their Core donor base and Core dollars raised over the previous year.

Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. with the Core to the Community Award

2019 Recipient:
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.

 

Leading the Way

This award recognizes organizations and employees who have demonstrated outstanding support of the Leadership Giving program, which includes individuals who give $1,200 to $9,999 on an annual basis. The candidates have shown a significant increase in Leadership donors and dollars over the previous year.

McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd. with the Leading the Way Award

2019 Recipient:
McDaniel & Associates Consultants Ltd.

 

Spirit of Innovation

An award presented to organizations that support United Way in new, innovative, and exciting ways.

Perpetual Energy Inc. with the Spirit of Innovation Award

TransAlta Corporation with the Spirit of Innovation Award

2019 Recipients:
Perpetual Energy Inc. & TransAlta Corporation

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Quantum Leap – Under 500 Employees / Over 500 Employees

This award recognizes organizations, and their respective employees, that have achieved a significant increase in the number of donors and funds raised during this year’s campaign, in comparison to the previous year. One award will be given to organizations with over 500 employees and one to organizations with under 500 employees.

Chandos Construction with the Quantum Leap Award – Under 500 Employees

2019 Recipient for Under 500 Employees:
Chandos Construction

Pembina with the Quantum Leap Award – Over 500 Employees

2019 Recipient for Over 500 Employees:
Pembina Pipeline Corporation

 

Spirit of Volunteerism

This award recognizes organizations and their employees who have demonstrated outstanding support for employee volunteerism. Examples include United Way’s year-round Day of Caring ® projects, hosting United Way speakers at events, hosting or attending an Immersive Experience, having a strong campaign planning committee and/or ambassador group, and utilizing engagement activities, which demonstrate strong volunteer spirit.

Shell Canada Limited with the Spirit of Volunteerism Award

2019 Recipient:
Shell Canada Limited

 

Social Innovation

This award recognizes an initiative or agency that has implemented a socially innovative idea which led to a community or organizational change. It represents those who aren’t afraid to seek solutions that are both extraordinarily innovative and untraditional in their approach.

Canadian Mental Health Association with the Social Innovation Award

Calgary Reads with the Social Innovation Award

2019 Recipients:
Canadian Mental Health Association & Calgary Reads

 

George Blondeau Aboriginal Support and Awareness Builder

This award recognizes agencies, and their employees, who exemplify a commitment to support Indigenous communities, while building awareness through their services. The award is presented to agencies that are true leaders in incorporating Indigenous inclusiveness in their policies, planning, service design, or staff development.

2019 Recipient:
Calgary Legal Guidance

 

Together We Can

This award recognizes significant partnerships among community agencies, community groups, government, businesses, and/or citizens to address and alleviate complex social problems that can’t be solved by one sector or organization alone. Eligible candidates have identified a community issue and partnered with others to address the issue by influencing systems and policy change, developing collaborative approaches that strengthen the network and capacity of non-profits and or citizens, and achieving outcomes that would not be possible alone.

Calgary Drop-In Centre with the Together We Can Award

2019 Recipient:
Calgary Drop-In Centre

 

Engaging Communities

The community we live in impacts the opportunities Calgarians have in life. Research shows living in neighbourhoods with high levels of poverty can negatively impact life expectancy, physical and mental health, early childhood development, and overall quality of life. This award recognizes agencies and their employees who exemplify a strong commitment to mobilize community members in addressing the issues that matter to them.

carya with the Engaging Communities Award

2019 Recipient:
carya

 

Individual Award of Excellence

This award recognizes an individual or a couple who have demonstrated extraordinary philanthropic efforts through their long time support of United Way and our community.

2019 Recipients:
David and Megan Cornhill

 

President’s Award

Honoured for exceptional contribution to United Way and our community, this organization has been chosen for this special recognition because of its inspiring commitment and efforts in support of our city.

University of Calgary with the President's Award

2019 Recipient:
University of Calgary

 

Workplace Excellence

This award celebrates noteworthy workplace campaigns within each division. Appreciating the diversity in size and scope of our 800+ workplaces, the winning organization has exhibited strong management support, a significant increase in Leadership Giving and total donations, a surge in employee engagement, or has taken a fresh and innovative approach to their United Way campaign. All candidates embody United Way’s philosophy of community impact.

2019 Recipients:

Aspen Family and Community Network with the Workplace Excellence Award for Agencies

Agencies: Aspen Family & Community Network

PCL Construction Management with the Workplace Excellence Award for Construction

Construction: PCL Construction Management Inc.

TR Canada E&C Inc. with the Workplace Excellence Award for Engineering

Engineering: TR Canada E&C Inc.

CGI Group Inc. with the Workplace Excellence Award for Technology

Technology: CGI Group Inc.

RBC with the Workplace Excellence Award for Financial Services

Financial Services: RBC

Enterprise Rent-a-Car with the Workplace Excellence Award for General Business

General Business: Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Imperial with the Workplace Excellence Award for Major Energy

Major Energy: Imperial

Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP with the Workplace Excellence Award for Professional Services

Professional Services: Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

The Alberta Energy Regulator with the Workplace Excellence Award for Public Sector

Public Sector: The Alberta Energy Regulator

 

Oil & Gas: Tourmaline Oil Corp.

Real Estate: Brookfield Properties

 


Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support and continued participating in our organization.
With your support, we are able to host impactful events such as Spirits of Gold.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Paige Ross at .

2019 Sponsors

 

Major Sponsor

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

 

Supporting Sponsors

Calgary Stampede

Enbridge

Imperial

Nutrien

REPSOL

Ross W. Marsh Consulting Group Inc.

SNC Lavalin

 


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