A Message from Kahir

March 31, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

Wow, what a year it has been. United Way, as a movement, has always been a champion of community collaboration, and our past year has been no different.

The past 12 months has been one of the most challenging ones yet, not only for the social service sector, but also for the most vulnerable members of our community. The global pandemic has exacerbated some of the deep-seated social safety net gaps in our community. As challenging as this past year may have been, you have stepped up, showed your local love and helped to establish and sustain vital connections in our region.

As we conclude our 70th anniversary, I want to acknowledge the herculean efforts of our community partners who, despite the challenges of operating in a global pandemic, have continued to provide essential non-medical services to those members of our community that required a little bit of help during this time. Through community collaboration, United Way has been able to support some of these essential services in our region; from meeting basic human needs and providing immediate intervention services to post-pandemic capacity building and recovery, we have been able to remain nimble in our response and invest over $2M emergency funds to 90+ charities in the BC Southern Interior.

All of this work would not be possible without the selfless generosity of our donors, volunteers and community champions who have offered their time, talent and treasure in this time of great need. In the past year, we have seen you supporting our events and offering your time and resources to support frontline non-medical essential workers. Because of you, we have been able to empower the lives of so many and strengthen vital connections that are so important to our quality of life. Thank you for creating lasting impact on the lives of so many.

We are seven decades stronger because of your support. As we continue our work together, United Way will continue to focus on the issues that are most pressing and will do so, as we always have, by leading, connecting and collaborating with others.  We look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead. Thank you for your acts of local love!

All the best,

Kahir Lalji

Executive Director, United Way SIBC

In the News – Read more about United Way’s pandemic response:

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