When Laurie Brondgeest was a little girl, fresh fruits and veggies were just steps away in her family’s backyard garden. “I remember being with my dad, picking the carrots,” she says. “We’d just brush the dirt off and start eating them. It’s such a fond memory.” But as Laurie explains, home-grown carrots provide more than
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In an historic decision, the Board of Education for New Westminster Schools voted to supply free pads and tampons in school bathrooms. The decision will improve access to menstrual products for local students, reducing the vulnerability and isolation caused by period poverty. Trustees also voted to endorse the Period Promise campaign by United Way of
It’s hard to be new. Whether it’s the first day of a new job, starting high school, or joining a sports team – there is something uniquely nerve-wracking about a fresh start. “We’ve all been there,” says Calem Forster, a Leadership 10 student at Clayton Heights Secondary School in Surrey. “When I was in grade
Periods are a fact of life. Monthly menstruation products are a necessity. Sadly, across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, too many people can’t afford them. These include young girls and single mothers; newcomers and refugees, who face added levels of stigma; and trans and gender non-conforming folks, for whom this can be a compounding
With the installation of several little libraries in Clayton Heights, residents of this Surrey neighborhood are writing a new story about their fast-growing community. On Family Day, February 18, Clayton Heights residents and staff from United Way of the Lower Mainland gathered at Katzie Elementary School to celebrate the launch of 7 little libraries in
Recognizing the importance of community-based supports for seniors – and United Way’s leadership in this area – we are pleased to share the Government of Canada has announced a $50,000 investment in the Healthy Aging Initiative at the United Way of the Lower Mainland. The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister for Seniors, made the announcement February
Sometimes, it’s our earliest memories that stick. Experiences from childhood can shape our understanding of community. They can establish strong connections to our heritage and culture, and they can inspire us to help build beautiful, safe spaces for others. For Edmund Ma, the time he spent with his maternal and paternal grandparents as a young
Take a moment and ask yourself: what difference have labour unions made in your life? Safer working conditions, or the five-day work week may be the first things that come to mind. What you may not know is the far-ranging impact unions have had on policies that shape how inclusive we are as a society.
When Larry Fink speaks, the business world pays attention. It’s no wonder why. Fink, who took #28 on Forbes’ 2018 List of Powerful People, is chairman and chief executive of BlackRock – an American global investment management corporation based in New York City. With a portfolio valuing over $6 trillion, it’s the largest investment management company
For many families, winter is a time of busy calendars, holiday celebrations and sunny getaways. For seniors, however, the exact opposite is often true. This, paired with cold temperatures, decreased mobility and limited incomes, can result in isolation that puts older adults at risk of physical, emotional and mental health challenges. The good news is that support
No one is ever too young or too old, too novice or too seasoned, to make a difference in their community. Every day across the globe, individuals of different ages, experience-levels and backgrounds work to create positive social change in the spaces they call home. Take, for example, Malala Yousafzai. At just 11 years old, she
January can be a hard time of the year. While the days are slowly getting lighter, the pink cherry blossoms of spring are still far away, and depending on the weather, the sun can set before 5 o’clock in the afternoon. This makes it hard – as both a family and an individual – to
A connected community is a healthy community. Strong connections increase our mental, physical and emotional well-being. They positively impact our quality of life and increase our overall happiness and satisfaction. But what works in one community may not in another. Every neighbourhood is unique, and everyone – from individual citizens to companies operating in the
The beginning of a new year is a great opportunity to pause, reflect, and look back at everything you accomplished the last 365 days. In 2018, we launched a rather remarkable goal: By 2025, we want to inspire 1 million people to engage in acts of local love across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.
Show your local love in 2019 with your own Acts of Local Love calendar! Download your own copy of the 2019 Acts of Local Love calendar here. And don’t forget to let us know! Share your love and sign up to be 1 in a million here.
There is something important and impactful about looking back. It gives us time to pause and reflect on the year that was: we can celebrate the partnerships forged, relationships deepened and impact made. At United Way, it also helps reaffirm our commitment to tackling the unignorable issues we see in our communities – issues like
Sometimes it can feel like the world has gone to the dogs. It can be hard to recognize all of the ways in which our communities shine. Whether it be through programs that support our most vulnerable, neighbours who take care of each other, or individuals who tackle unignorable social issues – local love is
What defines ‘community’? Is it the people in our neighbourhoods? Our colleagues and teammates? What about our family and friends? Any way you choose to define it, a community can be as diverse and unique as the people who call it home. There are also times when we find and build community unexpectedly: by trying
On December 6, 1989, 13 female students and a female administrator at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered. The names of these women were: Geneviève Bergeron Hélène Colgan Nathalie Croteau Barbara Daigneault Anne-Marie Edward Maud Haviernick Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz Maryse Laganière Maryse Leclair Anne-Marie Lemay Sonia Pelletier Michèle Richard Annie Turcotte Annie St.-Arneault They were killed because they were
Gavin Clark wants to challenge the kinds of conversations we have about teenagers and youth. As the Community Schools Coordinator at Templeton Secondary School in East Vancouver, Gavin sees firsthand how engaged and passionate his students are about civic issues that matter to them. It’s a far cry from the stereotypes often reinforced by media,