United Way Greater Victoria Announces New Director of Community Investment

VICTORIA, BC – Patricia Jelinski, Chief Executive Officer of United Way Greater Victoria is pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Anne Davies as Director of Community Investment.

 In her new role, Lee Anne is responsible for managing key community investment strategies, such as collaborations, grants and community-based research for United Way. She works to align investments and partnerships with United Way’s three priority areas, vision and mission. She also engages community funded partners to contribute to social change and create joint solutions to social issues facing Greater Victoria.

“Lee Anne brings tremendous capabilities and experiences to the position through her work in the private and social service sector and with research institutions,” says Patricia Jelinski, CEO at United Way. “Lee Anne has led numerous program and policy initiatives and developed partnerships, guided funding proposals and measured program outcomes. We are delighted to have her as part of our team.”

Lee Anne Davies has a PhD in Aging, Health, and Well-Being and an MBA in Information Technology Management. She is an innovator with a keen interest in demographic change and related social implications. Her company, Agenomics, is a leader raising awareness and educating Canadians on the unprecedented convergence of age, health and wealth.

Along with many years of experience working in the financial sector including insurance, wealth management, banking, and financial education companies, she has completed research on financial management capabilities in older adults. Lee Anne started her career in the IT sector then transitioned to the financial sector including leadership roles at RBC Royal Bank and CSI (formerly Canadian Securities Institute).  Most recently she was on contract with BC Assessment.

Lee Anne has a number of publications and her most recent work can be read in Money Sense Magazine (online), Alzlive.com, Agenomics.ca and in her recently released co-authored book: When Life Bites You in the Wallet: Taking Control of Your Finances.

“My admiration of United Way’s collective approach in tackling key community challenges is what attracted me to the organization. I’m excited to enhance these collaborative efforts and further deepen the impact of our organization where it is most needed,” says Lee Anne.

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For more information, please contact:

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

Patricia Jelinski, CEO
United Way Greater Victoria
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 77 years and $144 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. Our 2014 community campaign goal is $6 Million. Unite to Change. Please join us today at uwgv.ca.