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Statement of Intent to Merge: United Way Fraser Valley and United Way of the Lower Mainland

The Board of Directors of United Way Fraser Valley and Board of Directors of United Way of the Lower Mainland have announced their intent to begin merger discussions.

The merger would mean that the two United Ways would operate together as a team serving the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky corridor, Sunshine Coast and the Fraser Valley from Abbotsford to Boston Bar. The combined United Way would also continue to manage the provincial programs Success By 6 BC and Better at Home and support bc211.

Across the country, United Way prides itself on being efficient and effective. This merger would mean that United Way would be working more effectively and efficiently boosting the capacity for good in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland. In other parts of Canada, United Ways have been joining forces, for example Toronto and York Region, and Hamilton and Burlington.

There is significant alignment between the two long-standing United Ways. The people they serve – as well as their donors and volunteers – live and work in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland. Both United Ways are committed to improving people’s lives locally and support the same focus areas: helping kids be all they can be; moving people from poverty to possibility; and building strong and healthy communities for all.

All investment commitments would be proudly honoured and maintained. Currently, United Way Fraser Valley invests in 28 agencies and 24 programs and services in the Fraser Valley. United Way of the Lower Mainland invests in 139 agencies funding 253 programs and services in the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky Corridor, and Sunshine Coast.

It will be business as usual for the upcoming fundraising campaigns. Funds raised in the Fraser Valley will continue to be invested in the Fraser Valley. Funds raised in the Lower Mainland will continue to be invested in the Lower Mainland.

Both United Way Campaign Cabinets are fully engaged, excited and focused on the upcoming campaign. In the Fraser Valley, Cabinet Chair Heather Johnson, Senior VP, People and Culture, Prospera Credit Union and Lindsay Babineau, community leader, are leading fundraising efforts.

In the Lower Mainland, Mauro Manzi, Senior Vice-President, Pacific Region, TD Canada Trust is the 2016 Campaign Chair. Dr. Lane Trotter, President and CEO, Langara College is the 2016 Campaign Vice-Chair.

Signed Robin Marshall, Board Chair, United Way Fraser Valley and
Jerry Lampert, Board Chair, United Way of the Lower Mainland.


For further inquiries please contact the Board of Directors executive members;

Robin Marshall, Board President – rmarshall@prospera.ca

Lindsay Babineau, Vice President – ljohnbabineau@gmail.com

Chris Sirovyak, Vice President – christopher.j.sirovyak@td.com

Michelle Dodd, Treasurer – mdodd@kpmg.ca