Camosun, UVic and RRU Step up to Participate in Post-Secondary Challenge for United Way. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 6, 2014

VICTORIA, BC – Staff, faculty and students at Victoria’s three post-secondary institutions are joining forces for a friendly competition that benefits the community. Known as the Post-Secondary Challenge, the employees and students at Camosun College, Royal Roads University (RRU) and the University of Victoria (UVic) are raising money for United Way’s community campaign and having fun along the way.

This year’s Post-Secondary Challenge is issued by Peter Lockie, Interim President at Camosun College to Allan Cahoon, RRU President and Jamie Cassels, UVic President.

“All three of our institutes are a vibrant part of the Victoria community. We understand the needs of people and the benefits of United Way and we are excited to continue to do our part to make this an even better place to live, work and study,” says Lockie.

In the past, the school with the largest percentage increase in overall campaign dollars and percentage increase in employee participation won the coveted President’s Cup at United Way’s Spirit Awards, but this year the criteria has expanded. A point system based on best practices when it comes to running a workplace campaign is part of the challenge and categories include: management and labour support, education, engagement, loaned representative and participation.

“The education sector is the third largest grossing division within United Way’s community campaign boasting a combined average of $400,000,” says Patricia Jelinski, CEO at United Way. “Building on the current success of our education sector, we wanted to encourage our partners to go the extra mile with the aim of strengthening communities across Greater Victoria. We added the new categories to bring a new level of excitement.”

UVic is the second largest workplace account at United Way. The institution raised $255,790 in 2013 and 92% of their workplace campaign total went back into keeping a vital network of social services strong and helping those most in need in our community. The plasma car races (scheduled for October 28) are a staple in their campaign activities.

Last year Camosun College raised over $85,000 through their “Thanks a Million” Campaign with the goal of exceeding $1Million in cumulative giving since first starting a United Way workplace campaign and their mission was accomplished! Currently, Camosun holds the President’s Cup from 2013.

The concept for the Post-Secondary Challenge was developed in 2008 by RRU President Allan Cahoon who wanted to find a creative way to support United Way while engaging Victoria’s post-secondary community. RRU raised $50,841 in 2013 and, as a fundraiser, students and faculty participate in the popular duck race.

United Way would like to thank UVic, Camosun and RRU for their dedication, creativity and hard work when hosting their workplace campaigns.

Donations to United Way’s community campaign are accepted at workplaces, United Way’s office at 1144 Fort Street, via phone 250-385-6708 or online at uwgv.ca. Our 2014 community campaign goal is $6 Million. Unite to Change.

To view the challenge details click here.

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For more information, please contact:

Katie Burke

Marketing and Communications Associate
United Way
Work: (250) 220-7361
Email: katie@uwgv.ca

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