Superhero Awards Huge Success

A Gathering of Superheroes

Braving high winds and a detour around a downed power pole, two hundred Superheroes arrived at the darkened Rancho last Thursday night. The venue had been without power since the morning's wind storm.

A generator, loaned to UnitedWay by the Abbotsford Early Childhood Committee, powered Jason Warner's (Suburban Swing) music and wireless microphone. The Rancho has gas stoves, so dinner was ready right on time. Guest were almost disappointed when the power came back on at 6 p.m., as the candlelight had created a special ambiance.

After the meal, guest speakers Jordan Birch (Learning to Lead client) and Christine Forden (Women's Resource Society client and transit ticket recipient) both received standing ovations after their brave stories of overcoming adversity.

The Spirit Awards were announced by 2015 Campaign Chair Heather Johnson, VP of HR for Prospera Credit Union.


The award recipients were:

  • Campaign of the Year (more than 100 employees) – Costco Wholesale Abbotsford;
  • Campaign of the Year (fewer than 100 employees) – BCAA;
  • Branch of the Year – RBC Dominion Securities;
  • Leadership Campaign (more than 100 employees) – RBC Financial Group;
  • Leadership Campaign (fewer than 100 employees) – MNP LLP Abbotsford;
  • Quantum Leap Spirit Award (more than 100) – London Drugs;
  • Quantum Leap Spirit Award (fewer than 100) – Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  • Community Partner Campaign of the Year – Abbotsford Peer Support for Seniors;
  • Employee Campaign Champion of the Year – Mona Wood of Costco and Angie Esau and Harneet Grewal of CBSA:
  • Regional Coordinator of the Year – Kuljeet Bains of CBSA; and
  • Labour Participation Spirit Award – Fraser Valley Labour Council.

The final total announced was $892,923, which is well over the goal of $875,000.
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