A Message from the Chair of the Board and the President & CEO
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region celebrated a significant milestone: 75 years of harnessing community resources to change social conditions and improve the lives of people who are struggling.
It turned out to be one of the most challenging years in that time, bringing with it many lessons – in vulnerability, need, resourcefulness, and ultimately, resilience.
We faced the most serious economic downturn in 30 years, a devastating natural disaster to the north, and an influx of newcomers forced to move by global upheaval – all factors which increased the pressure on the local social service sector.
Our United Way's mission to create pathways out of poverty came into sharper focus than ever before, as more community members faced uncertainty brought on by job loss, displacement from their homes, challenges to pay for necessities such as food and child care along with all the other bills that don't stop just because difficult times are upon us.
The past year truly tested our ability to help each other through adversity. And our community answered that call with the spirit of self-reliance and a can-do attitude that has been there from the beginning. As we work towards our vision of a poverty-free community, 2016 showed us once more that our true colours shine through when we work together.