United by Song 2021

On September 24, United Way donors from around Atlantic Canada gathered in board rooms and around computer screens, eagerly awaiting the first-ever Atlantic-wide United by Song.

They weren’t disappointed.  

Hosted by the dynamic drag queen duo Dyna Might and Deva Station, the virtual event featured a storyteller and songwriter from each of the four Atlantic provinces. Eli, Sylvie, Mike and Don each spoke of their life-changing experiences with United Way-funded programs. Songwriters Mike Ross, Émilie Landry, General Khan and Ana Luísa Ramos transformed their stories into compassionate, emotional, and impactful original songs.  

The performances left nearly everyone – including hosts Dyna Might and Deva Station – wiping away tears. These four stories represent just a fraction of the people impacted every year by United Way. Thanks to the generosity of United Way donors, over 97,000 peoples’ lives were impacted by United Ways across Atlantic Canada last year.  

“I was inspired by this event. It speaks to the issues and challenges that people face and the strength and resilience they have to overcome with a little help and compassion from others, businesses, and charities.” – event attendee

We are so grateful and proud of storytellers Eli, Sylvie, Mike, and Don for their courage. And, we’re in awe of the songwriters who are able to use music to help us better understand the struggles and obstacles that have been overcome. Thanks also to our lead event sponsor, Scotiabank, and our supporting sponsors: BMO, CIBC, and TD. 

While the event is over, there’s still opportunities for you to watch, listen and learn about the impact of a donation to United Way.

Full Event Recording


Inspiring Impact Stories

Are you a United Way fundraising campaign volunteer at your workplace? Or are you interesting in rallying your friends or family around a shared cause this year? Choose one of these United by Song videos to watch at your campaign kick-off event, or include a link in an email. This will help you demonstrate the impact that you can make together as United Way donors.