FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(HALIFAX, NS) April 7, 2016 — United Way Halifax hosted a breakfast for 600 supporters, volunteers and donors at the Cunard Centre this morning. The event paid tribute to the people and organizations supporting the community through support to United Way.
Sara Napier, President and CEO, spoke about United Way and the vision of a city united by compassion, rich in opportunity and free of poverty. She strengthened her personal commitment saying, “I pledge to you that United Way Halifax will be resilient, brave, collaborative, innovative and kind on the path ahead. We are excited and ready to work with all of you to move the needle on the critical issues of our city.” The critical issues Napier identified include poverty, availability of affordable housing, homelessness, senior isolation and food insecurity.
Napier released a compilation of videos featuring supporters all expressing their vision for our city.
East Preston Hip hop artist, Maje, performed his newest release, “Smile.” Halifax Poet Laureate, Rebecca Thomas, mixed politics and poetry in a powerful commentary about aboriginal experience. Mayor Mike Savage championed the numerous partnerships the city enjoys with United Way with specific mention of the Housing and Homelessness Partnership and the Mobile Food bus to be launched in May.
2015 Campaign Co-Chairs Nancy Tower and Chief Jean Michel Blais spoke about their commitment to our community and thanked all of the volunteers and donors helping to raise more than $5.8 million to alleviate poverty and make healthy active living an easy choice for all.
United Way Halifax was founded in 1925 and has been providing hope and support to community organizations since that time. United Way is dedicated to dramatically strengthening the social fabric of our city as a funder, partner, researcher, convener and advocate.