United Way President Writes Thank You Letter

    This group “re-imagined” this year’s United Way breakfast, pulling a COVID-safe event together in just a few months. They found innovative ways for everyone who attended to #ShowYourLocalLove.

    Dear Editor:

    On behalf of United Way Yukon, I would like to extend the deepest thanks of our board to the amazing Yukon government team who organized the annual fundraising breakfast on Friday.

    This group “re-imagined” this year’s United Way breakfast, pulling a COVID-safe event together in just a few months. They found innovative ways for everyone who attended to #ShowYourLocalLove.

    The breakfast raised just under $17,000 -- $14,455 from ticket sales for the breakfast and an additional $2,292 from donations. This is the highest amount ever raised by the annual breakfast! And that’s not all, there is still a silent auction underway until September 18th. Visit our website to bid at www.unitedwayyukon.ca.

    I would like to give special recognition to the committee chairs, who came from the Yukon government’s Departments of Tourism and Culture, Environment and Community Services: Clare Daitch, James Paterson, David Schlosser, Rebecca Jansen, Jonathan Parker, Sarah Marsh , Pierre Germain, Sophie Tremblay-Morissette, Christie Grekul, Tim Sellars, Matthew Lackowicz, and Karen Clyde. Many other Yukon government staff contributed as committee members.

    The Yukon Chef Collective was a critical player too, lending their expertise to developing a hot breakfast wrap featuring local food products and designed for drive-thru pick-up and office delivery.

    The music provided by Claire Ness and the Leesiders throughout the event was very welcome by guests and servers alike, especially when we were working in the dark at 7 am!

    United Way Yukon’s annual campaign will launch formally on Thursday, Oct.1, with the raising of our flag at the YG Main Administration Building.

    Friday’s breakfast has significantly moved us forward to our $85,000 goal for this year – lower than in past years in recognition of the strain that COVID-measures have placed on us all.

    Kudos to the Yukon government staff who made this success possible. Your hard work will help fund projects next year that help Yukoners reach their full potential.

    David Whiteside, President
    United Way Yukon

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