Region staff’s United Way donation supports programs in Burlington, Oakville, Milton

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Published March 24, 2022 at 11:05 am

Halton Region employees raised $75,600 for the United Way of Halton and Hamilton as part of their 2021 United Way campaign. UNITED WAY PHOTO

Community health and social service programs in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills are getting some much-needed support from Halton Region employees.

Staff at the Region raised $75,600 for the United Way of Halton and Hamilton as part of their 2021 United Way Campaign.

These funds will go toward supporting essential community health and social service programs in Halton.

“It’s an exceptional amount of funds and raising those funds throughout this pandemic has been challenging, I’m sure you can imagine,” said Brad Park, president and CEO of United Way Halton and Hamilton, during a recent Halton Region meeting.

“Your achievement right here at the Region talks to the tenacity and the commitment of Regional employees to just get out there and support the community.”

The employee fundraising campaign at the region began on March 1, 2021 and ran through to Feb. 28, 2022 and was headed by Alex Sarchuk, commissioner of social and community services and Andrew Balahura, director, housing services.

“We historically give out the cheque and we’re hoping to do that when we next get together, but I just wanted to thank you for all the great work you’ve done,” said Gary Carr, Halton Region chair.

“Needless to say it’s been a very difficult year for a number of reasons as well as economically for a number of people, so it’s more important than ever that we have all of the great work that you do.”

Park said the achievement represents so much more than just dollars and cents.

“This represents possibility and hope for real people,” he said. “People who just need a hand up for some support in their lives during a difficult time and these are real people who live in the communities that you so proudly represent.”

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