Linda Yule saying goodbye after 25 years with North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap organization

March 22, 2019 (Vernon Morningstar) – After 25 years with the organization, Linda Yule is set to retire as executive director of the United Way.

One in four people are helped out by the United Way North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap,

Linda Yule didn’t realize she was one until the night she was stuffing envelopes with fellow volunteers Monica Martens and Jacqui Jakeman.

Yule, who retires March 29 as executive director of UWNOCS, had been at a midlife fork in the road when her husband passed away suddenly. As she was taking a break “figuring out what to be when she grew up,” a friend talked Yule into volunteering for United Way.

“Jacqui and Monica, we were stuffing envelopes talking about how one in three people are touched by United Way, and then I realized it had been me that was one,” said Yule. “Hospice was one of our agencies and they helped me get through when my husband died. So I’ve seen it. I’ve seen the help and how United Way touches people.”

A former office worker for an architect firm for 10 years, and working for construction and engineering companies before that, Yule started with United Way as a volunteer doing presentations in 1994, because then-executive director Ken Buchanan was not a fan of public speaking.

Yule parlayed that into contract work with the organization and then, after Jan Hoggarth, who replaced Buchanan, retired, the United Way’s board offered Yule the chance “to have an extra day of the week to be executive director.”

And she never looked back.

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