I have worked at UFV for a very long time and for most of it I have been involved with the United Way as UFV’s campaign administrator as well as a donor myself. The payroll deduction system makes it so simple to give to those less fortunate in our communities. I always thought that if every UFV employee donated just one dollar from each paycheque, so many lives could be positively impacted.
Last year we made a change to our campaign and ran a joint initiative with UFV’s Advancement office and their Employee Giving campaign. Because this partnership was so successful and allowed our employees to choose the charity they had the strongest connection with, we’ve decided to continue it. This year we are focusing on supporting resources addressing challenges to mental health and food insecurity and we invite you to help by giving to UFV’s Student Emergency Fund, United Way of the Lower Mainland, or to any charity of your choice (through UW). Making a difference is a great feeling when you know you’ve helped someone, solved a problem and changed a life! Click here for the pledge form which is straight forward and simple to fill out and submit to me in Human Resources.
Over the years we have kicked off the campaign in many different ways but the most memorable were always the pancake breakfasts. All members of the UFV community were invited to campus to enjoy a delicious feast of pancakes, sausages, eggs, coffee, juice – the works – served up by United Way representatives and many of our own UFV colleagues and senior management. The breakfast was put on hold for awhile, but last year we thought it was time to serve up the pancakes again and it was a huge success!
We want to keep the momentum going but of course are unable to hold the event in our normal fashion. So like everything else we have been forced to change this year, we have decided to move forward with a fun variation on this theme and host an employee-breakfast cook off on-line event! Some of your UFV colleagues, including President Joanne MacLean, along with the Culinary Arts program and chef Sian Hurley will be holding a friendly competition cook-off. Prizes donated by the HR department will be awarded to cooks, judges and audience members. This is an event that you won’t want to miss so please register here for your Zoom invite and join us in a fun-filled morning that promises to bring you entertainment, information and enjoyment!