VICTORIA, BC – United Way is proud to announce that Al Hasham will be the 2018 and 2019 United Way Greater Victoria Community Campaign Chair. In this volunteer position, Mr. Hasham will lead the community fundraising efforts for United Way Greater Victoria in 2018 and 2019, working alongside the local United Way team. Al will help United Way Greater Victoria realize its three-year goal of $15 million to be raised by the end of the 2019 campaign.

Al Hasham has lived in and been a business owner in Victoria since 1987. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Maximum Express Courier, founded in 2004, and the President & Chief Executive Officer at Max Furniture founded in 2008. In 2016, he became the Chief Executive Officer at Cambria College.

“Al is an entrepreneur with heart,” says Patricia Jelinski, President & CEO, United Way Greater Victoria. “I’ve known Al for years through the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and know how committed he is to his community. We’re honored to have him lead our fundraising campaign.”

Al supports dozens of charity events annually in Victoria with complimentary services through his company Maximum Express Courier. He has also held five annual fundraising events through Max Furniture benefitting United Way.

Al has been an active member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce since 1987 and has served on their Board of Directors since 2010 in various committees. Last December, he was named Chamber Member of the Year for 2018.

Al got involved with United Way after hearing how a business associates’ son got help from a local United Way funded partner agency.

“I love my community and I love that United Way gives back right here in Victoria and across the Capital Regional District from Sooke to Sidney to Saltspring Island,” said Al Hasham. “Powerful and passionate – that’s how I feel about the work United Way does here. No matter what race, religion or background, United Way is here to help.”

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Young, Director Marketing & Communications, United Way
Work: (250) 984-2269
Email: jennifer.young@uwgv.ca

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

BACKGROUND UNITED WAY GREATER VICTORIA:

United Way ‘unites’ the generosity of people – business, labour, government and individual donors – with the skills, knowledge and expertise in the community to help those in need. This collaborative approach is building a stronger, more resilient community to serve current and future generations.

As one of the region’s largest annual funder of local social service programs, we assist charitable organizations by identifying and funding programs to address immediate needs and underlying causes of our community’s most pressing social challenges.

We are active in the community all year round through fundraising and community building, and provide multi-year funding to create a strong and stable network of local services. For 80 years we have served the community and raised over $160 Million. Our work, as a community leader, is as relevant today as it ever was. And with the ongoing support of our donors, we will continue to changes lives.