Congrats class of 2017

The graduating class of United Way’s leadership training, the Public Policy Institute.

Twenty community leaders have graduated from United Way’s Public Policy Institute (PPI), an innnovative professional development program. Graduates walk away with new knowledge, skills and tools so that they are better able to understand and influence the public policy process. A diverse group of leaders from across the province including Cranbrook, Kamloops, and Vancouver Island and spanning a variety of organizations including from Vancouver Food Policy Council to the Living Wage for Families campaign participated this year. Projects ranged from advocating for better supports for youth transitioning out of provincial care to reducing Indigenous youth gang involvement in local communities. PPI brings together not-for-profit leaders from across the province with experts in the field for monthly two-day training sessions from January to June each year. Returning for the seventh year, lead faculty was former Premier of BC, Mike Harcourt. The high caliber faculty included former MLA Elizabeth Cull; Brenda Eaton, Board Director, TransLink; Dr. Liz Whynot, Board Member, First Nation Health Authority and Ida Goudreau, Adjunct Professor, Sauder School of Business. “These non-profit leaders are developing ways to tackle emerging community needs across the province,” said Michael McKnight, President & CEO, United Way of the Lower Mainland. “It’s always gratifying to see these projects get traction – like the Living Wage campaign – thanks in part to expertise acquired in the Public Policy Institute.” Special thanks to Premier Sponsor Vancity and to UBC Robson Square for generously providing meeting space. “Vancity supports initiatives that create positive economic, social and environmental impacts in the community – that’s why we are proud to support United Way’s Public Policy Institute,” said William Azaroff, Executive Lead of Member Experience and Community Engagement , Vancity. “We congratulate the graduate class and wish them the best in making positive change in their communities!” Information and applications for the 2018 session of the United Way Public Policy Institute will be posted soon. For more information contact Beverly Pitman at United Way of the Lower Mainland at

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