The United Way for City of Kawartha Lakes is pleased to announce that Col. Chris Hadfield will be presenting his colourful and inspirational keynote address at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay, Ontario on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 8:00p.m.
Col. Chris Hadfield was raised on a corn farm in Ontario and grew up to be the first Canadian to command a spaceship, as well as the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space. He’s a New York Times bestselling author who became a YouTube sensation when he captivated the world through social media with his photos, stories and music while onboard the International Space Station in 2013. This list is only a tiny portion of his accomplishments. With experiences like these, Col. Chris Hadfield will be a fascinating and engaging speaker.
“This is an amazing boost for our area,” stated Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of the United Way for CKL. “Col. Hadfield is internationally renowned and so inspirational. We are excited to have his visit coincide with both the 150th Anniversary of Canada and the 50th Anniversary of our United Way! We are grateful to the Three Chairs Committee and the sponsors that have made this fundraiser possible.”
Barb Truax of the Three Chairs Committee said, “Our goal is to host a successful and entertaining event to show our support for the United Way. The UW funded 11 agencies to help 30,000 people from our community last year. When the idea was spawned to find an outstanding and interesting keynote speaker … Col. Chris Hadfield was our immediate first choice. He often speaks to much larger crowds and in much larger venues. We are just thrilled that he will join us here in Lindsay for an intimate evening in our beautiful, historic Academy Theatre.”
Tickets to “Out of This World with Col. Chris Hadfield” are available now at the Academy Theatre box office (705) 324-9111
Or online at: academytheatre.ca
Kelly Maloney and Laurie McCarthy from the City of Kawartha Lakes and Nicki Dedes and Andrew Brooks from the Olympia Restaurant present the United Way’s Penny Barton Dyke and Shantal Ingram with a cheque. The funds were raised from the very successful 100 Mile Dinner held in September at the Olympia. The 100 Mile Dinner is an annual event that raises funds for the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes and Kawartha Choice Farm Fresh.
Women United Donate Funds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton
At their April meeting, the members of Women United voted to donate the funds raised from that meeting to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Kids and Kops Program. Thanks again to this amazing group of women for their contributions to our community!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton
What an amazing group of women! They are helping us to maintain the Kids N’ Kops program for another year! Children involved in this group get to learn about our local police services by spending the mornings for a whole week at the local stations (both City of Kawartha Lakes and O.P.P.), enjoy lunch with some officers and then participate in a daily activity with officers. The children get to build friendships with the participating police officers, which is a special opportunity for most of them. Thanks Women United!
Members of the United Way for the Kawartha Lakes “Women United” group presented a cheque for $950 to the Community Care Low Income Dental Clinic on Monday. The Community Care Low Income Dental Clinic was chosen to receive this donation from the Women United Group during their last meeting.
“With the help of United Way’s financial support, the dental clinic has been able to serve more local residents each year since it opened in 2011. In 2014-15, close to 1,400 local residents received dental services from the clinic,” explains Mike Puffer, Communications Officer for Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes.
“Good oral health is important to everyone’s overall health, as well as self-esteem and a sense of well-being. The Community Care Dental Clinic can help local residents identify oral health problems before they start. The United Way’s support has been very much appreciated as we strive to meet the health care needs of the community.”
Zita Devan, a member of Women United says, “Our Women United quarterly meetings are a great opportunity to meet other like-minded women, to network and learn more about the good work agencies within our community are doing. Our Team was so pleased that the Women United chose our nomination of Community Care Dental Clinic Program to be the recipient of this month’s donations.”
Women United meets four times a year. Membership dues are $100 per meeting for a single individual or $25 per person for a team of four. Members nominate programs or agencies to be considered for a donation at each meeting and a vote is taken to determine which of the nominated programs or agencies will receive the funds collected from that meeting. All money collected is donated to the organization voted on by members at that meeting. Women United has been operating for almost 2 years.
The next meeting will be on Monday, April 11th.
If you are interested in joining, please contact Shantal Ingram, Community Investment Coordinator for more information.
The annual United Way Bonspiel has grown into a family fun event over the past eight years thanks to caring leaders in our community. This year the event will run under a new moniker, Nexicom Bonspiel in support of the United Way.
“Nexicom, a long-time supporter of United Way, is excited to join the loyal bonspiel team. We are looking forward to working with other sponsors and supporters to make the event a success. It is really impressive that 80 sponsors and supporters annually join together to support the bonspiel for United Way. We are proud to be a part of this worthwhile annual event. Together as business leaders, we can ensure vital programs continue to help our families, neighbours and colleagues through United Way support,” explains Nexicom’s Melinda Clarke.
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