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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
January 28, 2015

Canadian Excellence


United Way Campaign 2014


to the staff, faculty and students at the Brantford campus who helped raise $14,037.75in the 2013 United Way Campaign.

Our investment into our community changed lives! For example:


  • sent 50 kids to camp for a week where they were engaged in fun and skill building activities during the summer break

  • distributed1,121 pounds of food to local food banks

  • delivered589 hot meals to someone needing support


Some other United Way success stories....

  • In 2003 Michelle suffered a stroke. She spent the next two years in the hospital recuperating from an aneurysm. She fought to build her strength mentally and physically with the hopes of soon returning home. With the help of theAdult Recreation Therapy Centre (ARTC), Michelle got her wish. They assisted Michelle in overcoming her challenges through programming that assists adults with diminished abilities related to mild cognitive impairment from strokes. ARTC also helps those with progressive disorders such as Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

    Thankfully, the ARTC was able to continue the crucial care Michelle needed to regain her quality of life after her hospital stay. She is now living in her own apartment requiring minimal support. Regaining her independence, she now attends social outings in the community and plays wheelchair curling. She also learned how to paint with her non-dominant hand and has relearned the computer skills she thought she had lost.

  • Hannah lost her husband to illness. Now on her own with a young child, Hannah needed to downsize in order to be able to pay her bills on a single income. She decided to move to Brantford, where housing prices were considerably less than in her old community. At first, employment opportunities were scarce and after a longer than usual period between contract positions, she found herself having to go to theFood Bankto stretch what money she had left for the month.

    Hannah blushingly talks about the embarrassment she felt at first, but looking back, she knows that was just what she needed to do to get back on track. Hannah only had to use the food services twice, but fondly remembers how helpful and supportive the volunteers were, and is now a lifelong volunteer.

FIND YOUR 2014 ONLINE PLEDGE FORM here! There's many ways to support our 2014 United Way Campaign! Look for our2014 Events Calendar here!