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2017 Community Achievement Night

A Celebration of Dreamers & Doers

Note: A complete list of award recipients and nominees can be found near the bottom of this page.





Nearly 300 guests filled the room at Grand Valley Golf & Country Club for United Way’s 5th Annual Community Achievement Night on March 21st, 2017. The event, titled a Celebration of Dreamers and Doers, was United Way’s opportunity to recognize the impact of some exceptional individuals and organizations who work alongside United Way to build a stronger Cambridge and North Dumfries.


“When I look out across this room, what I see are 300 examples of the very best of this community,”  said Ron Dowhaniuk, Chief Executive Officer of United Way Cambridge and North Dumfries, as he opened the event. “At times, our contributions may not feel remarkable. But the hundreds and thousands of ordinary things we do – with focus, and discipline, and persistence – is what produces remarkable change.”


In addition to an awards ceremony, the event also featured a number of special presentations, including:
- a conversation with Pat Singleton, Executive Director of the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank, and Eric VanKooy, Grade 10 Student at Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School and Member of the Youth Advisory Committee of Cambridge City Council;
- a speech by community member, United Way donor, and Region of Waterloo employee, Kathleen Fisher; and
- a video montage of community members sharing their dreams for the community, carrying forward the theme of United Way's 2016 Community Campaign #WeDreamUnited (

The night concluded by closing the loop on United Way’s goal of engaging 10,000 individuals and organizations through the 2016 Community Campaign. The organization’s Director of Resource Development, Amanda Melnick, and Director of Community and Voluntary Sector Investment, Kris Cummings, proudly announced that 4,100 individual and corporate donors had made financial contributions; that 5,300 community and corporate volunteers used United Way to get connected to causes that need their time, talent, and passion; and that 69 agencies serving the Cambridge and North Dumfries community partner with United Way to strengthen the network of support that exists in our community. “That’s 9,469 people and organizations right there,” they shared. “Then there are the hundreds more who gave back in ways we’re not even aware of – maybe by telling a friend, sharing a story, or reaching out to a person in need.”


Melnick and Cummings also reiterated why a financial goal hadn’t been set for the community campaign for the first time in its 75-year history in Cambridge and North Dumfries. “Those of you who give, along with those of you who volunteer, along with those of you who act to make our community a better place – all of you taken together is what makes our community work. That’s why we chose a call to action this year that recognizes all the different ways in which it’s possible to make a difference.”


Work is currently underway to take stock of United Way’s fundraising efforts over the past year and a public announcement is expected in the next few weeks.

Award Recipients and Nominees:


Art Wilson Award:

Carol Parsons (award recipient)
Michael Lawrie (award recipient)


Workplace Campaign of the Year (100+ employees):

Energy+ and Members of IBEW 636 (award recipient)
Gore Mutual Insurance Company
P&H Milling Group & Members of UFCW 175/633
Reliance Home Comfort & Members of Unifor 1999
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

Workplace Campaign of the Year (under 100 employees):
Toyota Tsusho Canada Inc., Maple Automotive Corp., and Green Metals Canada Inc. (award recipient)
Nebs Payroll
Steel Technologies

Agency Campaign of the Year:

Preston Heights Community Group (award recipient)
Cambridge Shelter Corporation
Fiddlesticks Community Centre
Kinbridge Community Association

Employee Campaign Chair of the Year:
Tanya Lutkin, P&H Milling Group (award recipient)
Jane Albright & Committee, Region of Waterloo
Jane Hale-McDonald & Committee, Energy+ Inc.
Nick Goodfellow and Julie Remmert, Gore Mutual Insurance Company
Rikki Crooks, Nebs Payroll
Tracey Walker, Toromont CAT

Rising Star of the Year:
Region of Waterloo, along with members of CUPE 1883, CUPE 1656, ONA 15, Unifor 1106, Unifor 4304, and CUPE 5191 (award recipient)
Ayr Farmers Mutual

Labour Community Partnership Award:
UNIFOR – Kitchener Office (award recipient)
ETFO Waterloo Region & ETFO- WROT
The Waterloo Regional Labour Council
UFCW Local 175/633

Community Builder Award:

Clarion Medical Technologies (award recipient)

Outstanding Youth Volunteerism Award:
Aariana Singh (award recipient)
Raquel Saunders (award recipient)

Outstanding Group Volunteerism Award:
Linking Survivors with Survivors, March of Dimes (award recipient)

Outstanding Adult Volunteerism Award:
Scott Roberts, Westfield Heritage Village (award recipient)

Corporate Volunteerism Award (corporate partner):
Gore Mutual Insurance Company (award recipient)

Corporate Volunteerism Award (agency partner):
YMCA of Cambridge (award recipient)

Outstanding Volunteer Engagement:
Kevin Noseworthy, Langs (award recipient)

Volunteer Leadership – From Poverty to Possibility:
Gord Jackson, Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank (award recipient)

Volunteer Leadership – All That Kids Can Be:
Rebecca Snead, Big Brother Big Sisters of Waterloo Region (award recipient)

Volunteer Leadership – Strong Communities:
Sally Clark, Fiddlesticks Community Centre (award recipient)

Outstanding Impact– From Poverty to Possibility:
Argus Residence for Young People (award recipient)

Outstanding Impact– All That Kids Can Be:
Langs (award recipient)

Outstanding Impact– Strong Communities:
Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Region (award recipient)

Bridge Builder Award:
Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank and rare Charitable Research Reserve (award recipient)

Telling the Story of Impact:
The Literacy Group (award recipient)

Thank You Sponsors!



Title Sponsor: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
Supporting Sponsor: TW Properties
Silver-level Sponsor: Royal Bank Canada
Event Partners: KPMG and Grand River Brewing
Program Book Sponsors: Direction Printing & Communications