United Way looking ahead to new year

Community fundraising organization holds AGM, will move to new offices on Monday

United Way president Jason Killingsworth is pictured with retiring United Way director Lisa Smith at the organization's recent AGM.

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton has put a ribbon on 2018 by recapping the general fundraising campaign at its Annual General Meeting.

Having raised just $39 short of its $2 million goal, the United Way, led by executive director Dave Brown, is now looking ahead.

“Each campaign brings new challenges, and we are excited for the new ideas and approaches that the 2019 board will provide,” said Brown.

Chairing the AGM was United Way President Jason Killingsworth. Brown provided the organization’s financial statements report.

Other highlights of the meeting were “farewells” to retiring board members Heather Allen and Lisa Smith, and a welcome to new board members Christopher Hawksworth, Jessica Hext, and 2019 Sarnia and District Labour Council representative Michele Lalonge-Davey.

“We value our outgoing board members and their commitment to volunteering in our community,” said Brown, who said the board will continue to concentrate efforts on building the Future Fund to provide a permanent source of sustainable income for the United Way.

The organization is moving its office location (effective April 1) to 1362 Lambton Mall Road, Unit 10.

Two fundraising events will be held in the next few weeks, with the first taking place on Wednesday, April 3—Spring Suds for United Way, at Refined Fool, 1326 London Road, Sarnia, from 3 p.m. to midnight.

On May 16, 2019, the United Way will host its Pastafest event at the Dante Club, 1330 London Road, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A complete copy of the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton financial statements as well as community investments can be found at www.theunitedway.on.ca.

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