Northern Ontario United Ways share a strong commitment to improving lives locally and our collective organizations are always looking for new ways of working together to grow our impact. As a result of strategic decisions made by the three Northern Ontario United Ways at the local and regional level, delivery of United Way Services in Northern Ontario is changing.

United Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts recently expanded their territory into the districts of Cochrane-Timiskaming. To reflect the regional organization – districts of Cochrane, Greater Sudbury, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Sudbury-Manitoulin, and Timiskaming; United Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts staff proudly announced their new name, United Way Centraide North East Ontario/ Nord-est de l’Ontario, Tuesday May 16, 2017 at their AGM. This decision was made jointly to ensure a sustainable presence and achieve greater impact within this broader geographic. The national office of United Way Centraide Canada is proud to offer its support during this transition time and beyond to all three United Ways in Northern Ontario.

The Northern Ontario region will be divided into three parts, each served by its own independent United Way organization. North Western Ontario will continue to be served by the United Way of Thunder Bay, North Eastern Ontario will be served by the newly formed United Way Centraide North East Ontario/ Nord-est de l’Ontario and the central section of Northern Ontario will be served by the newly named United Way of Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma District. This regional transformation will not change United Way’s local commitment to ensure that money raised locally stays local.

“United Way Centraide North East Ontario will support community priorities and is committed to improving lives locally,” asserted Michael Cullen, Executive Director. “We will continue building on the principles people value most about United Way by working to ensure that children and youth get the best start in life, to ease the burden for struggling families, and to create opportunities for those who need a job, a meal or simply a chance for a fresh start.”

Gary Vipond, Chief Executive Officer of United Way Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District said “We are pleased to support the creation of three distinct United Way regions in Northern Ontario and are proud to serve the central region contained within the District of Algoma. Along with our United Way neighbours, we will continue to connect with the citizens across Northern Ontario to identify priorities and implement lasting change. United Way Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District congratulates United Way Centraide North East Ontario/ Nord-est de l’Ontario on their successful expansion to cover the North East region.”

“United Way of Thunder Bay has been supportive of this plan from its early stages,” adds Jered Zieroth, Executive Director of United Way Thunder Bay. “It is exciting to see this change that will serve to better support the region.”

Throughout Northern Ontario, and indeed Canada as a whole, United Ways and Centraides share a strong commitment to improving lives locally. “We are always looking for new and innovative ways of working together and partnering to grow our impact,” said Dr. Jacline Nyman, President and CEO of United Way Centraide Canada. “As these three United Way Centraide organizations collaborate to better serve the individuals and families living and working in Northern Ontario, they will build stronger communities across the region.”