I have been so privileged and have had so many champions in my life - it’s important to me to be that champion for other people. As a community, when everyone feels like they have a champion and the resources to be the best they can be, we all benefit.
Meet Alex Grams
Tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m a mechanical engineer, I have what my co-workers have described as a hilariously positive outlook on life, and I’m always looking for my next challenge or adventure. I’m a very active person and tend to have a lot on the go — I’m currently working on my MBA through evening classes, I’m partway through building a table, and I’m enjoying the warmish weather while golfing and playing tennis.
How long have you lived in Edmonton?
Born, raised, and educated locally — proud to be Albertan! I grew up in Leduc, just south of Edmonton, and moved into the city eight years ago for University.
Tell me about some of your hobbies and interests.
I’m a very active person and love to be outdoors, during the summers I spend as much time as I can outside paddleboarding, fishing, golfing, hiking and playing tennis. During the winters I’m a very avid curler and skier.
What is something that you are most proud of?
I got into woodworking last year and was able to design and build a bed. Last summer my youngest brother and I hiked the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.
What is your approach to philanthropy and community?
I believe that those in a position to give back (even if you can’t afford much) should give back and I am passionate about building the community. No one deserves to live in poverty, yet so many in our city end up in poor situations often due to events very much out of their control. As a city and a community I believe we need to band together to raise these people up!
Why do you support United Way?
I’m continually inspired by the passion of the United Way team and feel that they are directing funds to the highest need areas to achieve the greatest impact in the fight to end poverty.
What inspired you to give?
I learned through my company of the great work that United Way was doing in the community and wanted to be a part of it. I participated in a painting day at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers a couple years ago and was very inspired by the dedication and passion of the United Way coordinators and other volunteers.
How long have you been supporting United Way?
Why is it important to give back to your community?
I believe that communities thrive when there is an interdependent culture and we’re all looking out for one another. I give back because I am able to and hope to ensure others in similar positions to do the same so that we can work together to help alleviate poverty.