Donate |  Volunteer |  Contact Us |  Search:



July 13, 2017

WATERLOO REGION, ON – (July 13, 2017) Following a nationwide search, the Board of Directors of United Way Waterloo Region Communities is delighted to announce the appointment of its first CEO.


Joan Fisk brings a wealth of experience from the private sector, as well as leadership roles in the community. Most recently she completed a six year term as Chair of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network. She has also served as President of the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, Joan is involved with numerous other organizations, including Gore Mutual Insurance, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Guelph. For 17 years Joan was also President and CEO of Tiger Brand Knitting. United Way Board Co-Chair Frank Voss says Fisk’s deep roots will bring immediate dividends.

“Joan is a long-time resident of Cambridge, and has strong relationships across the business, education and community sectors.  Her recent term with the LHIN demonstrated her ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of agencies while building stronger health services.  She’s the charismatic leader we need to move ahead on bringing lasting impacts to the areas on which we focus; youth, poverty, and community”

Co-Chair Ingrid Pregel says the process to find United Way WRC’s first CEO was exhaustive. “We reached out to our networks and partners to discover what is needed to lead our United Way through the new reality of philanthropy.  Joan is very much about listening.  Her ability to engage with communities and partners with a goal of creating innovative solutions is key to our new United Way”

Joan Fisk is looking forward to this challenge. “Even though United Way has 75 years of history in our region, we are building something new; something designed to tackle the difficult community issues we know are standing in the way of our neighbours and friends having the best possible quality of life.”

Fisk takes over a post currently shared by Ron Dowhaniuk and Jan Varner and will officially begin her new role at the end of July.



 Join us for Shred Day on June 3, 2017!


 Register Today! Day of Caring Event, June 9, 2017 


What: An opportunity to work with your team while building new connections, lending a hand and helping to strengthen the community for all.
When: June 9, 2017. Projects will begin at 9 am.
Where: Agencies and organizations across Waterloo Region Communities.

Registration now available! Please fill out one of the below applications corresponding to your group! 

Corporate Volunteer Groups application here!
Agency & Community Projects application 

Please complete an application by May 3, 2017 if you’d like to be considered for this opportunity. Limited spots are available.


Questions? Contact our events team today!


A Celebration of Dreamers & Doers


Click here for more photos and a recap of our 5th Annual Community Achievement Night.



An Exciting Announcement

Doing things the united way requires a certain belief system, believing that we stand to make the greatest impact by working together. In this spirit, we are pleased to annouce exciting news for the communities we serve: check out our news release here or click on the PDF below.

Help Starts Here

Help Starts Here is a joint campaign between United Way and 211 Ontario to raise awareness of the community services available to all residents during the challenging winter months. Please click
here to read the full media release.




Ibti, Cathy and Keith generously shared their stories with us earlier this year. Click here to watch their videos now.



The United Way Community Campaign Kicked Off in September with a powerful message about what success looks like in our community. To read the full media release, please click here.

Join our online communities

Find us on Facebook.
Tweet with us.
Find us on YouTube.