United Way AGM and report to the Community

March 28th 2016

The United Way of Bruce Grey reflects on 2015 with its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Change in Leadership

After 2 years as Chair, Dave Myette will serve as Past-chair and Nick Lovell will take over as chair.

Nick Lovell is an associate at the law firm Middlebro & Stevens. Nick grew up in Owen Sound before attending the University of Waterloo. He graduated with an Honours Degree in Legal Studies. Nick graduated from the University of Windsor faculty of law in 2014.

Nick articled with Middlebro’ & Stevens LLP, and returned to the Firm after his call to the bar in 2015. Nick practices in the areas of labour and employment, general litigation, and wills and estates. Nick is also a Provincial Offences Prosecutor in the counties of Grey and Bruce.

In 2012 and 2013 Nick was the United Way of Bruce Grey’s Backpack Co-ordinator.  Nick joined the United Way board in June of 2014.

Financial Status

The United Way ended its financial year in a strong position.  Reaching $1 million in revenue for the first time in the organization’s history. Careful financial management resulted in a surplus of $193 000.  That surplus will be the basis of the 2016 grants which are also being issued at the AGM.

The full financial audit is available here United Way of Bruce Grey 2015 .

The Annual Report is here: 2016 Annual General Report – web (note the photos are fuzzy because we had to reduce the quality for the web, full reports are available at the United Way office or you can request an email version by emailing execdir@unitedwaybg.com)

August 10 Fire Fund

The United Way just received confirmation that the polling of the donors can proceed.

The mailing of the poll question has been sent out just this week. It is the intent and hope of the United Way Board of Directors that a broad based Disaster Fund can be set up utilizing the surplus from the August 10th Fire Fund.  Support is still being provided to the August 10th fire victims with the most recent interaction, and flow of funds being this week.

2016 Agency Grants – $100 000 granted

Canadian Mental Health Association – $38 000

To support the Brunch Program, FAN Club, the Garden Project, and ID clinic, Let’s Talk Program and the Men’s Program


Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey – $15 000

To support the shelter, child witness program and Community Outreach


Durham & District Food Bank – $7 000

Grey Bruce Eat and Learn – $11 000

Keystone Child Youth and Family Services – $11 250

Teen Advisory Group at the Owen Sound Library – $1 500

Pegasus Riding Association – $3 000

South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy – $4 800

St John Ambulance – $2 500

Meeting Place Tobermory – $2 950


One new agency has joined the United Way ranks:

Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth – $3 000


Looking Ahead to 2016

The United Way is looking to 2016 with many projects and community partnerships well underway.

We want to thank all our volunteers, donors and supporters for their time, passion and compassion.

For more information please contact Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director 519 376 1560

Interviews with the board chairs (income and outgoing) can be arranged through the United Way office.