Mar 27, 2014
(News Release) VICTORIA – Every year, more than 400 organizations and thousands of employees support a United Way workplace campaign. While all are vital to creating real and lasting change in our community, some campaigns and volunteers stand out for exceptional community spirit, team spirit and spirit of generosity.
United Way’s 2013 Spirit Awards thanks donors, volunteers, community partners and organizations who came together to raise $5.8 Million for critical programs that sustain our social and economic fabric. It’s about moving individuals from poverty to possibility, ensuring kids grow up healthy and building strong communities.
With 12 award categories, everyone showed creativity, ingenuity and wholehearted commitment to United Way and their community. Choosing recipients was a difficult task for the selection committee. Thank you and congratulations to all nominees and award recipients.
2013 Spirit Award Recipients:
NADEN BAND SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
This award is presented to a workplace because their United Way campaign is an example for everybody to follow. It is presented for significant long-term achievement in all categories and can only be received once by an organization.
Award recipient Natural Resources Canada – Pacific Forestry Centre
HALF MILLION DOLLAR SPIRIT AWARD
This award goes to an organization that raised over $500,000 in one United Way campaign.
Award recipient Department of National Defence
OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN CHAIR SPIRIT AWARD
This award recognizes an Employee Campaign Chair or ECC who has demonstrated outstanding leadership resulting in significant growth in campaign results.
Award recipients Brandy Rowan & Jennifer Downie from the District of Saanich
OUTSTANDING CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE SPIRIT AWARD
A great United Way campaign starts with a strong campaign team. This award recognizes a Committee which has demonstrated outstanding leadership resulting in significant growth in campaign results.
Award recipient Seaspan Victoria Shipyards
OUTSTANDING WORKPLACE CAMPAIGN SPIRIT AWARD
This award recognizes an organization and its employees that have achieved outstanding campaign results.
Award recipient Viking Air Ltd
LEADERSHIP GIVING SPIRIT AWARD
For many organizations, the backbone of a strong workplace campaign is their Leadership Giving. Employees who demonstrate their generosity with a personal gift of $500 or more set the pace for a successful campaign. This award recognizes the workplace that has the highest increase in leader participation and giving amongst all campaigns.
Award recipient TD Canada Trust
COMMUNITY IMPACT SPIRIT AWARD
For the first time, United Way is giving out a special award to the campaign that had made the greatest impact in the community.
Award recipient University of Victoria
INNOVATION SPIRIT AWARD
This award is given to the workplace which best demonstrated innovation and creativity in fundraising for the community.
Award recipient Schneider Electric
LABOUR PARTNERSHIP SPIRIT AWARD
2013 marked the 25th anniversary of the partnership between United Way and the Canadian Labour Congress. Last year, over 200 unionized workplaces ran United Way Campaigns. This award recognizes a union for outstanding engagement, involvement and endorsement of a workplace campaign.
Award recipients UNIFOR 333, COPE 378 AND CUPE 4500 for BC Transit
POST SECONDARY CHALLENGE SPIRIT AWARD
This is a challenge between University of Victoria, Camosun College and Royal Roads University. The award is made to the institution which achieved the highest percentage increase in overall campaign dollars and participation.
Award recipient Camosun College
COMMUNITY PARTNER SPIRIT AWARD
This award recognizes a funded community partner which runs a United Way campaign and demonstrates the spirit of philanthropy.
Award recipient Victoria Cool Aid Society
WELCOME TO UNITED WAY SPIRIT AWARD
This award recognizes employees of an organization that achieved significant results in a first time campaign.
Award recipient MONK OFFICE