Annual General Meeting
75 Years in Cambridge and North Dumfries
Many thanks to all those who joined us for our Annual General Meeting on September 10th, 2015 in the very same Council Chambers within which the community gathered 75 years ago to look at how best to address growing local needs. And a very special thank you to Councillor Michael Mann who, on behalf of Mayor Doug Craig and the Cambridge City Council, opened this year's AGM as a tribute to this important anniversary and our shared history in Cambridge and North Dumfries.
In 1940 Mayor McKay, the mayor of the City of Galt at the time, called a meeting of the public to address the needs of the families whose members had gone to war. Together, the community reached a decision at that meeting to create the Galt War and Community Services organization, a formal body that was tasked with coordinating efforts for World War II. The goal of this organization was to mobilize resources for dependents of soldiers and civilians, and bring the entire community together to address local needs.
It’s been exactly 75 years since United Way was established in Cambridge and North Dumfries. While the mission statement of the organization has changed, the core values still resonate today. United Way as a community organization remains a vehicle of change and we are committed to working with individuals, families and community partners. Last year, as many as 51,000 lives were improved because of the efforts of more than 10,000 individuals and hundreds of organizations that partnered with United Way.
To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we launched a storytelling campaign alongside our annual campaign. Throughout the year we plan to collect and share75 stories of our diverse community of donors, volunteers, community partners, advocates, service users and influencers.
As we also try to track down former United Way members, we hope that their stories will be a reminder of the great tradition of generosity and local leadership that exists in our community. We trust that these stories will encourage us to continue working and rallying together. Just like we’ve accomplished in the past, our collective work will help generate resources for a range of essential services, and most importantly strive to meet the needs of our community.