Community heroes recognized at first ever ChangeMakers awards celebration

United Way Elgin Middlesex celebrated its greatest community heroes last night at the inaugural ChangeMakers award celebration, presented by Intact Insurance and hosted at Goodwill Industries. A total of 10 winners were selected from an outstanding pool of Campaign Champions, community mobilizers and stand-up citizens who inspired their colleagues and communities to take action and improve lives locally.

“Sometimes getting involved in United Way is as simple as starting a conversation. It’s beautiful how people want to do more than write a cheque, they want to make a difference.”

Jennifer Miller, Special Projects Manager, Sifton Properties and winner of the Outstanding Campaign Team Award for Medium Workplace

“I’ve found that when we show the impact United Way has in the community, people are eager to get on board.”

The event also recognized Mandi Fields who took home the prestigious National Community Champion Award. An employee of CTV, Fields’ created the Tampon Tuesday movement to give dignity to women experiencing poverty. The movement has now become a national event taking place in over 40 communities across the country.

The event also signalled the start of the new United Way campaign year with the passing of the torch from last year’s Chief ChangeMaker and Campaign Chair Kyla Woodcock, Founder, Forest City Sport Social Club to Christy Bacik, Managing Director, Freedom 55 Financial, a division of Canada Life.

The Campaign Chair and Chief ChangeMaker sits at the helm of the 2019 Campaign team, an annually selected group of business and community leaders who give their time and passion and use their networks to raise funds to both alleviate the conditions of the most vulnerable today, and to build a stronger, more prosperous community for all of us.

“London is home to some vulnerable and at-risk people – similar to other communities across the region.”

Christy Bacik, 2019 United Way Campaign Chair and Chief ChangeMaker, Managing Director, Freedom 55 Financial

“I want to make sure help is there when our neighbours, friends and colleagues need it. I want to make sure it’s there when any of us needs it. Our community is counting on each and every one of us.”

Learn more about Christy Bacik, 2019 United Way Campaign Chair and Chief ChangeMaker.

Check out photos from the event.

ChangeMakers award recipients:

Outstanding Workplace Champion – Small Workplace
Nevine Nassif, Intact Insurance

Outstanding Workplace Champion Award – Medium Workplace
Heather Wright, Enbridge

Outstanding Workplace Champion Award – Large Workplace
Jason Rake, Thames Valley District School Board

Outstanding Workplace Team — Small Workplace

Outstanding Campaign Team Award – Medium Workplace
Sifton Properties Limited

Outstanding Campaign Team Award — Large Workplace
TD Bank

Rookie Award
Auburn Developments

GenNext Ambassador Award
Stephanie De Vincenzo & James Fernandez, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada

Lifetime Achievement Award
Jan Stanley, London District Catholic School Board

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