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.
Check back soon for a list of the 2019 awards & event photos.
Don’t miss a special performance from celebrated local singer/songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald! Described as a touring troubadour, Michael’s pop, rock, soul approach has found him performing at clubs, theatres and festivals across North America. Listen to “I’ll Be the Lighter” off of his 2018 EP “About You”:
Networking & Interactive Stations*: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Reception & Dinner*: 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Program & Awards: 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Performance: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
*Cash bar will be available
Parking will be available for $15 per vehicle in lot 3 & 6.
Since limited spots are available, we encourage you to carpool or take advantage of Calgary Public Transit. The Big Four Roadhouse is accessible via Victoria Park Stampede CTrain Station.
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.
Dave Kelly presenting the nominees for Award of Excellence (Over 500 Employees)
ENMAX receives the 2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Award
United Way co-chairs: Rich Kruger & Manjit Minhas (2017) and Noralee Bradley & Dave Smith (2018).
United Way CEO Karen Young celebrates with Enbridge, winners of the 2018 President’s Award
Rhonda Roth, Vice President of Individual Giving & Investor Relations and Beth Gignac, Vice President & COO
Take a look at our Facebook album to view more photos from the 2018 awards gala.
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.
Beth Pollock and Connor Curran & Dustin Paisley
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.
2018 Recipient for Under 500 Employees:
Bonavista Energy Corporation
2018 Recipient for Over 500 Employees:
Fluor Canada Ltd.
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.
2018 Recipient: Imperial
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.
Agencies: Immigrant Services Calgary
Construction: BURNCO Rock Products Ltd.
Engineering: Spartan Controls Ltd.
Technology: General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada
Financial Services: BMO Financial Group
General Business: Charlesglen Toyota
Major Energy: Nutrien
Oil & Gas: SECURE Energy Services Inc.
Professional Services: Norton Rose Fulbright
Public Sector: Alberta Electric System Operator
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.
2018 Recipient: Athabasca Oil Corporation
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.
2018 Recipient: Dave Anthony, Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.
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.
2018 Recipient: Trican Well Service
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.
2018 Recipient: University of Calgary
Spirit of Innovation
An award presented to organizations that support United Way in new, innovative, and exciting ways.
2018 Recipient: Bell Media
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.
2018 Recipient for Under 500 Employees: Wood
2018 Recipient for Over 500 Employees: KPMG
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.
2018 Recipient: ENMAX Corporation
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.
2018 Recipient: CUPS - Health Education Housing
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.
2018 Recipient: Pathways Community Services Association
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.
2018 Recipient: Youth Refresh Committee
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.
2018 Recipient: Action Dignity and Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre
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.
2018 Recipients: Garth and Karen Mann
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.
2018 Recipient: Enbridge
Check back here after the event!