Bob Wiens is a United Way Pathfinder

Bob Wiens, a true champion of local love, was recognized as the 2019 Joseph and Rosalie Segal United Way Community Vision Award at a dinner with friends and family at the storied Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Now in its 33rd year, the Community Vision Award recognizes individuals or families who have shown outstanding commitment to local love through their leadership and support of United Way.  

The Community Vision Award recognizes individuals or families who have shown outstanding commitment to local love through their leadership and support of United Way.  

In his acceptance speech, Bob talked about the importance of connecting to others and his philosophy of giving back. 

I was taught from a very young age the importance of being of service in community and it’s been a philosophy I’ve maintained throughout my life,” said Bob. Whether it’s volunteering or giving, I truly believe showing up for others provides tremendous benefits, not just in our personal lives, but in our professional worlds as well.” 

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Michael McKnight presenting Bob Wiens with the 2019 Joseph and Rosalie Segal United Way Community Vision Award.

As a donor and a community champion, Bob’s long-standing support and generosity has ensured United Way is able to address critical issues in our community – issues like seniors’ isolation, youth education and child vulnerability.

His commitment to building resilient, inclusive and collaborative spaces is an inspiration.

He believes volunteerism and giving back are an integral part of being in community and it shows in his commitment and his business leadership over the years. He and his wife Carol remain highly involved in community activities and board service.

“If we were to find anybody who is a champion of local love, a role model for local love, it’s Bob,” said United Way CEO Michael McKnight.

After 26 incredible years, it was also a bittersweet experience as it’s the last time the Pathfinders event will be held at the Four Seasons. The beloved hotel will be closing later this year, though the incredible impact and legacy of the United Way Pathfinders will certainly continue.

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