FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

United Way Greater Victoria Introduces 2015 Campaign Chair: Bruce Williams

 VICTORIA, BC – United Way Greater Victoria would like to welcome Bruce Williams as our 2015 Community Campaign Chair. As CTV Vancouver Island’s Manager of Community and Client Relations, on-air TV Host of “Foodie Fridays,” and host of Café Victoria on CFAX 1070 Radio, Bruce’s dedication to the United Way movement began in Ontario over 20 years ago. After relocating to Vancouver Island in 2001, he began working closely with United Way, investing his personal time, being a donor at the Leadership level, and sharing his expertise through various roles including Campaign Cabinet member, leadership presenter, and event emcee.

 “Bruce is a self described communicator and fundraiser and I describe him as someone who always gets the job done. As a United Way honorary life member, Bruce has a strong connection to the organization and his personal commitment is an inspiration to all of us,” says Patricia Jelinski, CEO at United Way. “He speaks from the heart about his dedication to our mission. We are fortunate to have his leadership for our upcoming 2015 campaign.”

“In my role at CTV, the most common thread I see connecting community organizations and programs is United Way support. I am a big believer in efficiency for effectiveness, and how collaboration leads to success. I invest my time and money with the United Way because I have seen how it has a positive impact on this community. I’m proud to lead this team. I promise we will grow United Way support and further enhance positive outcomes for the thousands of people who benefit from our hard work,” says Bruce.

Relating to his volunteer work with United Way, Bruce is the recipient of the Chair’s Award of Excellence from United Way of Canada and received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Other awards include:

 • 2013 Outstanding Volunteer Award from Vancouver Island University

 • 2013 Tourism Vancouver Island “MVP”

• 2012 Leadership Victoria Rotary Community Award

• 2010 BC Toastmasters Leadership and Communication Award

• 2010 Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Sterling Awards’ Citizen of the Year

• Named one of the Top 20 Influencers on Vancouver Island by Douglas Magazine

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For more information, please contact:

Heather Skydt
Director, Marketing and Communications
United Way
Work: (250) 984-2269
Email: heather@uwgv.ca

Patricia Jelinski, CEO
United Way
Work: (250) 220-7364
Cell: (250) 217-8698
Email: patricia.jelinski@uwgv.ca

BACKGROUND: United Way is a year-round fundraiser and community funder working to address the immediate needs of our most vulnerable citizens, while also creating long-term strategies to target the root causes of social issues. We have a strong history in Greater Victoria – over 78 years and $149 million dollars raised. As the region’s largest non-government funder, we are one of the few organizations to provide multi-year funding to ensure we support a strong and stable network of services. We work collaboratively, in a “united way” bringing business, labour, government, the non-profit sector and donors together to build a strong and caring community.