Update from the United Way of Bruce Grey

Colorful Confetti

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the United Way so here’s some news you can use!

Upcoming special events:

Starlight Film Festival – an all teen (14-18) move marathon that starts at Midnight April 28th at the Galaxy Cinemas Owen Sound

Seniors Fair – June 7th at the Bayshore Arena in Owen Sound

AGM and Board members

The United Way of Bruce Grey held its annual AGM on March 30th.

The United Way is pleased to announce the following board members for the 2017-2018 year:

Past Chair Dave Myette Councillor: Saugeen Shores

Chair Nick Lovell Middlebro Stevens LLP Associate

Vice Chair Aman Sidhu Lawyer, co-owner Owen Sound Inn

Treasurer Richard Schneider CPA, CA BDO

Campaign Co-Chairs:

Kimberly Love Communications Consultant

Stan Didzbalis Wise Guy


General Directors

Virginia McFarland Health Data Analyst, GB Health Unit

Joan Beecroft Pride Grey Bruce

Jeff Cronin Grey Bruce Labour Council Representative

Mike Rencheck Bruce Power President and CEO

Pier Donnini Owner – The Queens Bar & Grill

Dave Clark Advantage Research and Consulting

Youth Director Isabel Drummond

The United Way also announced over  $155 000 in grants out into the community:


Community Connection, Collingwood 211 Information and Referral Service
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ Brunch Program Working together, the garden project not only provides job ready skills, a wage but also provides an abundance of garden-fresh produce for the 60 meals a day served by the Union Place Brunch program.
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ Friends & Neighbours Club The FAN program uses child-sized puppets to talk to children ages 4 to 11 about mental health
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ Garden Project The garden project not only provides job ready skills, a wage, but also provides an abundance of garden-fresh produce for the 60 meals a day served by the Union Place Brunch program.
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ ID Clinic ID Clinic as a pilot project to assist individuals in acquiring essential ID
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ Let’s Talk A mental health and mental illness awareness program for intermediate, high school and college students designed to reach out and help intermediate, high school and college youth develop and maintain good Mental Health.
Canadian Mental Health Association ~ Men’s Program To help men who are abusive towards women change their behaviours and attitudes and develop respectful relationships.
Durham & District Food Bank ~ Food Bank Core operations of the food bank
Grey Bruce Eat & Learn ~ Pine River Cheese School Nutrition Program Breakfast cheese program feeding thousands of kids daily.
Keystone Child, Youth & Family Services ~ Residence Program To help move suicidal, depressed and anxious youth in the direction of wellness by providing therapeutic and alternative recreational activities
Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library ~ Teen Advisory Group Programming For 2017 we are working with a team of youth volunteers to provide free technology training to seniors and other adults in our community.
Pegasus Riding Association Nurturing Challenged Equestrians ~ Volunteer Coordinator To meet the above needs in the following way: one camper per week for 6 weeks and 4 riders in the regular sessions would be funded.
South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy ~ Community Volunteer Tutor Program In addition to our one-on-one core tutoring program, we continue to offer drama workshops for kinesthetic learners in a group setting, and presentations and workshops for parents and other adult allies who support these learners.
St John Ambulance First Aid Training To enable our organization to provide Mental Health First Aid training to the staff, volunteers and clients of the Bruce Grey United V/ay Member Agencies.
The Meeting Place Tobermory ~ Food Bank To help us manage the program through the ups and downs and the donation side.
The Meeting Place Tobermory ~ Project Development & Community Coordination For Community Information & Resource Coordination (CIRC) the majority of the 88 individuals and families served last year accessed the service directly.
Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth This program provides for direct client expenses not covered by any other program and may include emergency accommodation/food/transportation/clothing and other resources.
Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey ~ Child Witness To assist children who witness domestic violence in the home.
Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey ~ Outreach Community Counselling Working to build strong families by supporting violence prevention efforts and ensuring families are supported within their home communities.
Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey ~ Second Stage Housing The Second Stage Program supports women who may also need support with housing, and assistance with accessing and navigating support systems.
Bruce Grey Children & Family Services Foundation For funds to prevent an admission to foster care.
The Women’s Center Grey Bruce Create a Task Force Committee to develop cross training educational sessions to better inform partner organizations.
Safe N Sound Ensuring that most vulnerable people in have access to nutritious food while providing crisis housing intervention services and supports and appropriate referrals to the other community partners.