Cambridge Community Achievement Celebration!

Cambridge - On Feb. 26th at the Holiday Inn Cambridge, over 200 community members joined together to celebrate the successes they had achieved together over the past year. The goal of the evening was to shine a light on the Community Superheroes in the community, the everyday heroes who champion the work of United Way and its partners. It’s safe to say that goal was accomplished.

Dynamic host Susan Cook-Scheerer of Daytime on Rogers TV kept the program moving along through the awards, video segments, guest speaker presentation and the impact and campaign reveals. With the help of Norma McDonald-Ewing, Chair of United Way’s Community Impact Council and Anna McCrindell, Chair of the Campaign Cabinet, 24 awards were given out to individuals and organizations who went above and beyond in their efforts to give back to the Cambridge & North Dumfries communities.

Motivational speaker Bill Carr started off his moving and humorous talk dressed up like a superhero. He spoke about how we are often too humble to call ourselves ‘superheroes’ for the good work we do. He encouraged everyone in the room to share their stories, explaining that we all learn best by hearing stories and feeling the emotions that go along with them. Once we tell our story or the story of another, we inspire empathy in others, who then feel moved to join in and help.

The event ended with real-life superhero, 10-year old Tyrus Morisette, putting up an honest fight against ‘villains’ like poverty and bullying in our community. What Tyrus helped to reveal is that United Way’s fight against these issues has helped to raise $2,286,761 (98% of goal) and helped 51,683 people in our community. The packed room exploded with cheers as everyone was able to celebrate the achievements of the past year. “It was a very special evening,” says Ron Dowhaniuk, CEO. “We are very lucky to live in such a generous and caring community and that was very evident at the event.”

The Community Superhero theme created a casual and fun evening for all to enjoy. Examples of this included the superhero themed décor, the pizza station, sliders and mini-hotdogs catered by the Holiday Inn, the local craft beer provided by Grand River Brewing, and the pre- event entertainment provided by community members Heather Lee and Alan Fiddler. The evening truly did capture the spirit of what it means to be a Superhero in our community. The message was loud and clear about the importance of recognizing these individuals and organizations for the work that they have done.

Award Winners & Nominees:

Give, Volunteer, Act Awards in Action:

• Outstanding Community Impact - From Poverty to Possibility - The Literacy Group of Waterloo Region
• Outstanding Community Impact - All That Kids Can Be - YMCA of Cambridge
• Outstanding Community Impact - Strong Communities - Lutherwood Bridge-Builder - Neighbourhood Volunteerism Initiative: Fiddlesticks Community Centre, Preston Heights Community Group, Kinbridge Community Association, Greenway Chaplin Community Centre
• Community Awareness Builder - YWCA Cambridge Telling the Story of Impact – Preston Heights Community Group

Give, Volunteer, Act Awards in Giving:

• Art Wilson Awards - Mark Rea and Dave & Brenda Walden
• Community Builder Award - Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
• Workplace Campaign of the Year (over 100 employees) - Reliance Home Comfort
• Workplace Campaign of the Year (under 100 employees) - Toyota Tsusho Canada Inc., Maple Automotive Corp., Green Metals Inc.
• Agency Campaign of the Year - Langs
• Small Business Support - Milestones Grill & Bar Cambridge
• Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year - Lynn Hall, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
• Rising Star of the Year - Bank of Montreal
• Joint Union-Management Award - Dimplex North America Ltd. & USW Local 4610

Give, Volunteer, Act Awards in Volunteerism:

• Youth Volunteerism - Lysa Sinco, for Volunteerism at YMCA of Cambridge
• Family Volunteerism - Fellman Family: Tabitha, Jeff, Joel, Izabel, Moriah & Joshua Fellman for Volunteerism with Alison Neighbourhood Community Centre
• Older Adult Volunteerism - Mary Elloway, for Volunteerism with Cambridge Memorial Hospital Volunteer Association
• Corporate Volunteerism (company) - Rockwell Automation Canada
• Corporate Volunteerism (agency) - Kinbridge Community Association
• Outstanding Volunteer Engagement - Tara Cooper & Jeff Hunter, Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank; Bernardete Moreira Tavares, Fiddlesticks Community Centre; Lori Da Cunha, Fiddlesticks Community Centre; and Ruth Millard, Canadian National Institute for the Blind"
• Outstanding Volunteer Leadership - From Poverty to Possibility - Becky Millman, for Literacy Volunteerism at the Ayr Branch Library Outstanding Volunteer Leadership - All That Kids Can Be - Linda Zettel, for Volunteerism at Monica Place
• Outstanding Volunteer Leadership - Strong Communities - Cindy Aiken, for Volunteerism at Langs

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