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Awards & Recognition

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.

M.B. Family Spirit Award’s Culture Champion Recipients


Ciaran McGeown

Ciaran is a strong driver of change. He supports and inspires individuals with his passion for our cause, positive can-do attitude, persistence and respect for everyone. He embraced new innovative ways to grow accounts. He has also built relationships and experiences to contribute to a positive and collaborative work culture at and beyond United Way.


Cluster Coordinators Team | Courtney Ayukawa, Tereza Coutinho, Annique Farrell, Ronni Gorman, Julia Harbinson, Jasmin Kay, Janine Manning, Iris Mushitsi, Michelle Smith, Chris Thompson, Sandi Trillo, Julie Warrington

This team was recognized for their dedication, resilience and seamless coordination of the COVID-19 response to vulnerable residents. They focused on community organization needs and addressed gaps and issues in the region on the fly. This included leveraging employment social enterprises to refurbish old laptops so that isolated seniors could gain access to remote counselling and support services; supporting the needs of Indigenous-led organizations in a climate where Indigenous populations are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus; developing tools to help community organizations think through considerations for reopening; and supporting the growing needs of populations experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.


YOUnited Intranet Project Team | Rhomil Baylon, Ena D’Altroy, Ashley Durk, Katelyn Field, Mia Holmgren, Elena Kroupa, Amanda Stephens, Chris Walsh, Sidhra Yakub

This cross functional project team brought to life an intranet solution that blended new technology and functionality with simple, accessible content and great graphics. The reimagining required vision, creativity and dedication. The team showed how departments can integrate internally and align in how we approach our work in order to create meaningful experiences, greater impact and engagement in our community The intranet is now a key pillar in our internal communications and organizational culture work. The tool supports our work as an organization by providing invaluable mechanisms to communicate with, share information and resources, and keep informed and connected.