Halifax is a better place thanks to Ruth Goldbloom. She worked tirelessly to make positive change and impacted people on many levels across the community. She was also the first woman to chair our annual campaign, and was a friend to many she met along the way. United Way is grateful for her support and offers sincere sympathy to her family. Please read more to hear about the many ways Ruth impacted Nova Scotians.
Photo L to R
Back: Miriam Debly, Laura Gillham, Jennifer Parkhill
Middle: Meaghan Jackson, Menderia Smith, Mary Ellen Hallett, Elizabeth Irwin
Front: Sophie Watts, Abby Milbury, Cynthia Sullivan, Tammy Milbury.
Missing from photo: Fiona Bergin, Lisa Blackburn, Cheryl Hodder
To donate, please visit Women United
May 16, 2012 For Immediate Release
United Way Halifax Campaign Co-Chairs
Kim Mason and John Rogers Banking on Success
(Halifax NS) United Way Halifax 2012 Campaign Co-Chairs call their first meeting to order Wednesday May 16, 2012. Kim Mason, RBC Regional President, Atlantic Provinces and John Rogers, Q.C. Chief Executive Officer of Stewart McKelvey, have recruited an outstanding team of volunteer community leaders to chair divisions that include every workplace in our community.
“United Way is fortunate to have successfully engaged two top notch, respected community leaders in the 2012 annual workplace campaign,” says United Way Board Chair, Kevin Stoddart. “Kim and John have proven themselves to be capable and effective leaders and they will be a powerful team.”
Kim Mason received an Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario and completed an MBA at the Rotman School of Management. She was quick to engage in community when she moved to Atlantic Canada. She is currently a member of the board of directors for the Greater Halifax Partnership, QEll Foundation and the Dalhousie Medical Advisory Board. In her role with RBC, Kim develops strategy and manages the performance and delivery of products and services to more than 900,000 personal and business clients.
John Rogers graduated from Acadia and took Graduate Studies at Queen’s University before graduating from Dalhousie University with his law degree. He is immediate past chair of the IWK Health Centre board of directors, Governor of Acadia University, and served as Chair of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. John guides the strategic growth of Stewart McKelvey, Atlantic Canada’s largest and leading regional law firm.
The Campaign Co-Chair role at United Way brings the best mix of leadership skills to a table of incredible talent and ability. Their focus is to set a campaign goal based on community need and achieve that goal with the support of a dedicated staff team and more than 5000 volunteers in workplaces across Halifax.
United Way Halifax has been supporting this community since 1925. With a focus on key issues of poverty and health, volunteers and staff have identified four strategies based on community research to guide our work and engage partnerships and relationships with individuals, donors and organizations. United Way Halifax is committed to deepening and reporting our impact and changing social conditions for people in our community.
Director, Communications & Brand Management
United Way Halifax
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May 9, 2012 For Immediate Release
Women United for Community
through United Way!
(Halifax, NS) Women and girls are rallying for United Way through Women United, a unique campaign to raise funds for our community. This initiative recalls the practice of door to door canvassing conducted by women in our community as part of the annual campaign. Today we connect to each other using facebook and email so the 14 participants are using social media and events to encourage family and friends to donate.
Dr. Joanna Zed chairs the initiative. During the launch, she encouraged participants to have fun with their fundraising efforts saying, “Let’s continue the successful tradition of raising funds for our community. You are raising $100,000 to support women, children, seniors, youth, new immigrants and others in our community who are facing challenges.” Events are underway and showing results.
The women and girls are a diverse representation of our community and include three students from Citadel High, a mother and daughter team, a pair of friends, a broadcaster, realtor, lawyer and an optometrist. Their testimonials and support pages can be found at www.womenunited.ca
Women participating are: Fiona Bergin, Miriam Debly, Mary Ellen Hallett, Cheryl Hodder, Elizabeth Irwin, Tammy and Abby Milbury (mother and daughter), Jennifer Parkhill and Laura Gillham (friends), Cynthia Sullivan, Meaghan Jackson, Menderia Smith, Sophie Watts (Citadel High students).
The campaign is scheduled to continue until mid June. Events organized by the women include personal gatherings of friends, exclusive auction of a Paul McCartney concert banner, the mother of all yard sales on May 12 at 2808 Connaught Ave., Mother’s Day brunch at the Carleton, as well as wine tasting and an at home concert. The participants are planning more sensational activities as time goes by.
United Way Halifax has been in this community since 1925. With a focus on key issues of poverty and health, volunteers and staff have identified four strategies based on community research to guide our work and engage partnerships and relationships with individuals, donors and organizations. We are committed to deepening our impact and changing social conditions for people in our community.
Director Communications and Brand Management