It Feels Good To Do Good!
We’re proud to have been recognized as one of Greater Toronto Area’s Top 100 Employers, a distinction we have received for several years now. In 2017 we were also named as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures, a recognition for having a culture that has helped us enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. Our culture at United Way sets us apart from other organizations. Through our peer to peer recognition program, we reward our employees who demonstrate excellence in our cultural behaviours.
This year marks the 15th annual edition for the Greater Toronto’s Top Employers competition, which has become the benchmark in the Greater Toronto Area for workplace best-practices. Like the metropolitan area it represents, the competition has become exceptionally strong and competitive — so much so that, for Toronto-area employers, the minimum scores to secure a place on the GTA list routinely rank among the highest in the nation. The 2022 winners were announced in December 2021 in a special magazine in The Globe and Mail.
Our Employees Make Us Who We are
At United Way Greater Toronto, a high-performance culture is foundational to who we are as an organization. We recognize that the daily leadership, creativity, motivation, and dedication of our employees allow us to achieve success and create a positive impact on our community. We are happy to recognize our employees’ amazing work!
The M.B. Family Spirit Awards provide us with an opportunity to recognize and reward the extraordinary contributions of colleagues who have distinguished themselves and demonstrated UWGT’s cultural behaviours.
M.B. Family Spirit Award: Culture Champion Recipients
Keisa is recognized for her remarkable leadership in bringing an equity lens and focus to community investment, granting and evaluation processes. Her commitment to collaboration and passion for anti-racism work led to the development of our Community Investment Equity and Reconciliation Action Plan and formation of the Equity and Reconciliation Working Group. Keisa is a champion for equity, a model for authenticity and integrity, a trusted partner with all stakeholders, a mentor to colleagues, and an inspiration in many ways. Keisa demonstrates a strong desire to learn and grow. She dove deep into a comprehensive Community Investment Equity Audit, engaged in a literature review of best funder practices internationally, and contributed to a cross organizational team that secured funds focused on advancing equity in our community investments. Keisa presents hard, truth-telling data on long-standing inequities and systemic racism embedded within non-profit funding, and her notable achievements will lay the foundation for how we move forward.
Juneeja played a key role in the design and implementation of a neighbourhood food distribution hub model that saw 162,500 meals deployed to key areas of the region experiencing high food insecurity. As our representative on the Emergency Food Table, Juneeja stepped out of her traditional job functions to directly work with and support key partners in the organization and management of a delivery and distribution system for meals. She remained solution focused and kept community at the centre throughout. Juneeja cultivated new relationships, strengthened community partnerships and leaned on and encouraged partners to collaboratively resolve challenges in setup and ongoing distribution. Her commitment to learning and growing was truly commendable, she took it upon herself to learn about transportation and space assets, and literally went from having a background in food policy to becoming a food logistics specialist. United Way is now engaged in conversations with other partners around the concept of Neighbourhood Food Hubs as a critical element of social infrastructure to effectively address local food needs beyond the emergency.
Gift Processing Team
Lori Ferron, Demi Jin, Alketa Kice, and Sandra McGlynn
The Gift Processing Team is recognized for their significant contributions to our collective campaign success and for shining a light on the importance of donation processing. This group took on new roles, moving out of their comfort zones to learn and embrace new challenges, and maneuver new platforms and procedures, all done with a high level of customer service and support. Together, they successfully processed a total of over $25,000,000 made up of web donations, e-transfers, Gifts of Security transactions, and cheques for individual, corporate, direct response and payroll remittances.