Spirit Awards recognizes acts of local love across the Lower Mainland


United Way board and cabinet members join MC Charlie Demers and title sponsor Shawn Pettipas of BCAA on stage.

Your acts of local love did not go unnoticed.

The support generated from United Way donors and volunteers is a testament to the local love shared across our community. It is proof that together, we can create strong, caring connections across all our neighbourhoods.

The BCAA & United Way Community Spirit Awards on April 23rd was a night to honour and recognize the community change-makers that made an indelible impact during our 2018 campaign.

“Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our donors, United Way is able to bring innovative programs and projects into neighbourhoods across the Lower Mainland,” said Jeff Calbick, Chief Operating Officer of United Way of the Lower Mainland. “Everyone – from vulnerable kids and isolated seniors, to residents struggling to feel like they belong – deserves to be engaged and supported by their community.”

The evening started with a First Nations Welcoming ceremony by Musqueam Knowledge Keeper Shane Pointe, and was MC’ed by Juno-nominated comedian Charlie Demers. Local musicians Michael Averill, Jonathan Anderson and Chris Couto also serenaded the crowd throughout the night.

BCAA was the evening’s title sponsor. “BCAA has been partnering with United Way to make our communities stronger for over 25 years. They are the perfect example of Local Love in action and we’re thrilled to welcome them as a sponsor to this important event,” said Jeff Calbick.

Guests at the BCAA & United Way Spirit Awards join in a greeting by Musqueam Knowledge Keeper Shane Pointe.

Attendees had the opportunity to walk through interactive displays to see how their generosity is changing people’s lives all over the Lower Mainland – whether that be through after-school programs for kids, initiatives like Period Promise, or the Youth Futures Education Fund, which helps former youth in care by covering their basic living expenses while they get life-changing post-secondary education.

The takeaway was clear: When programs and services are paired with the passion and actions of local citizens, we can create truly community-wide solutions to local challenges. It’s all local love, and it all counts.

Highlights from the night also included the awarding of Spirit Awards in the categories of Growth, Innovation, GenNext and Labour United as well as the President’s Award and the inaugural Local Love in Action Award.

Click here to view the winners!

For photos of the event, click here.

Our greatest thanks to everyone who came out to take part in the 2019 BCAA and United Way Community Spirit Awards. Thank you for showing your local love!


BCAA & United Way Community Spirit Awards April 23, 2019