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.
Meet Christine Miller and Chris Rattray
Tell me a bit about yourselves.
We are a blended family and have three kids aged 7, 9, & 12 — all boys. We have both worked for TD our entire careers — 15 years plus.
How long have you lived in Edmonton?
Chris has lived in Edmonton his entire life, 41 years. Christine lived in Vermilion until the age of 21 when she started with TD. She did stints in Vegreville and Barhead before settling in Edmonton in 2002.
Tell me about some of your hobbies and interests.
We love to travel. Some of our favourite destinations have been Nashville, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Montreal, and Halifax. We are off to Scotland later this month.
What is something that you are most proud of?
We are most proud of our kids and our blended family. All three of our children are great in so many and so different ways. We are also proud of how our family has adapted to life together since we blended our families two years ago. Everyone has become very close and our kids get along like brothers.
What is your approach to philanthropy and community?
There are so many good causes and not enough time or money to support all of them. We are huge supporters of United Way as it supports many different groups within the community. Our approach is to give in different ways including, but not limited to, financially. While we do give financially, we give our time on a very regular basis. We also are both blood donors and give in that way as often as possible.
Why do you support United Way?
We became familiar with United Way through TD Bank as TD runs a very large United Way campaign annually. We have since become much more directly involved through the financial literacy training we are a part of through the Each One Teach One program and Financial Pathways Collaborative.
What inspired you to give?
We are very fortunate in our lives and careers and are also passionate about the community we live in. Working with the United Way has opened our eyes to the fact that there are many people less fortunate than us in Edmonton. We believe it is part of our responsibility to give back in any way we can to make the community stronger. Additionally, a lot of the people that are dealing with poverty in our community are suffering from some type of mental health issue. Through family, we have seen the impacts of mental health issues and thus trying to make a positive impact in the lives of people with mental health issues is close to home.
How long have you been supporting United Way?
We have been supporting the United Way financially for over 15 years but have really started giving of our time in the past two years or so since we became involved in the Financial Pathways Collaborative. Over that two year period we have become increasingly involved in this initiative and don’t pass up any opportunity to get further involved as it has been so rewarding. It has given us an opportunity to use our skill sets and knowledge base to help others.
Is there anything else you want to share?
I work very closely with several people from United Way through the Financial Pathways Collaborative and it's worth mentioning that they are some of the most passionate and professional people I have ever worked with. Through this work I have seen how they can get the most out of every dollar by bringing stakeholders together and using community connections.