l to r: James Lundrigan, Campaign Co-Chair; Jim Fitt, Campaign Co-Chair; Dr. Amanda Hill, Young Leaders Campaign Chair; Marc Comeau, Leaders of the Way Campaign Chair; Anne Marie Colbert, United Way Board President; Paul Atta, Special Events Chair; and Jessica Smith, United Way Executive Director.
United Way Surpasses Goal , More Programs Funded
(New Glasgow, NS – May 8, 2015) – For the second year in a row, the United Way of Pictou County was able to exceed their annual fundraising campaign goal! At their recent Leaders of the Way reception, an event to recognize donors who annually give $500 or more, the United Way announced that $316,121 was raised. “On behalf of the Campaign Team, United Way of Pictou County Board, and Staff, we send our most heartfelt thank you to all our amazing and kind donors and volunteers. As a result of their wonderful support, this year we are able to fund 16 non-profit organizations and over 20 programs that will help over 10,000 people in Pictou County.” says Jessica Smith the United Way’s Executive Director.
“The success of our campaign is due to the amazing team of volunteers that we are so honoured to work with,” says Smith. “For the last three campaigns we have been fortunate to have Jim Fitt and James Lundrigan leading our campaign. There is also an amazing amount of volunteers across the county that led workplace campaigns and fundraising events in their organizations.” Along with Fitt and Lundrigan, the United Way’s Campaign Team also included Marc Comeau of Anchor Motors as the Chair of the Leaders of the Way, Dr. Amanda Hill of Shiretown Dental Clinic, as Chair of the Young Leaders of the Way, and Paul Atta of Michaels, as Chair of Special Events.
To ensure it is meeting community needs and making community impact (community impact is about achieving meaningful, long-term improvements to the quality of life in our community, by addressing not just the symptoms of problems but also getting at the root causes. It’s about making fundamental changes to community conditions.), they United Way has three main areas of focus:
1. Move people from poverty to possibility by helping them meet the basic human needs. This includes skills development, affordable housing and transportation, food access and community food, and access to emergency shelters.
2. Build strong and healthy communities by improving access to social and health-related services. This includes community mental health services, independent living, and domestic violence.
3. Let kids be all they can be by giving them opportunities to reach their full potential. This includes access to camp, recreation, arts and culture and sports, family nutrition, child and youth mental health, youth leadership development, supportive adult relationships, parent and infant relationships, and school readiness.
Agencies in receipt of 2015 United Way of Pictou County funding are:
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County
• CHAD Transit
• Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia
• Highland Community Residential Services
• Kids First Association
• Laubach Literacy Pictou County Council
• Maranatha Bible Church (Community Cupboard)
• North East Nova Area Scouts
• Nova Scotia 211
• Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health
• Pictou County Council of Seniors
• Pictou County Early Intervention
• Pictou County Help Line
• Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Association
• Pictou County Opportunity for Men
• Pictou County Roots for Youth
A celebration of the campaign will take place on Wednesday, May 27th at the Museum of Industry. The United Way’s annual general meeting will take place at 5:30 pm followed by the celebration at 6 pm. Everyone is invited to attend to help celebrate and meet the funded agencies. For more information, please contact the United Way at 902-755-1754 or
or on Facebook/UWPictouCounty.
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Museum of Industry, Stellarton, Nova Scotia
The AGM is our opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support, share with you the work we have been doing in our community, demonstrate our accountability, and for you to meet the agencies that your gift is helping.
Proposed By-law Changes
At the AGM, the Board of Directors will be seeking approval for the following amendments to the United Way of Pictou County’s by-laws:
By-Law 4 – Board of Directors
Not later than February 1st of each year the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee to bring before the Annual meeting of members a proposed slate of Officers and Directors for the forthcoming term. After the names proposed by the nominating committee have been presented to the Annual meeting, the meeting shall then be open for further nominations from the members.
Amendment: removal the words “Officers and”
By-Law 6 - Officers
6.1 Election and Appointment
The Board shall annually, or more often as required, elect a President, Past President, two Vice-Presidents, and Treasurer. The Executive Director shall serve as the Secretary. All Officers shall be elected each year from and by the Board following each Annual meeting.
The Nominating Committee shall submit to the Board at the first regular meeting its report as to nominations for Officers. Additional nominations for officers may be made by Directors at such meeting. The election of officers shall be by written ballot if more than one individual is nominated for any office; otherwise, the election of officers shall be by show of hands.
Amendment: addition of the following:
In order to avoid potential conflicts, a Board member cannot be elected to, or continue to hold, the position of President and First Vice President if they have a financial, personal, or official interest in a funded agency (including any elected position within a funded agency).
Copies of the by-laws can be obtained by contacting the United Way office at 902-755-1754, 342 Stewart Street, New Glasgow, or
All residents of Pictou County are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Please RSVP by Wed., May 20 to