Barb&BudWebUnited Way Pays Tribute to Longstanding Donor and Volunteer Barb McVagh with Honorary Life Membership

VICTORIA, BC – United Way’s Board of Directors honoured long-term donor and volunteer Barb McVagh with the 2016 Honorary Life Membership at their annual general meeting this morning.

Barb is a Red Feather donor giving to United Way for 46 years, and has served for more than 32 years with United Way’s Leaders’ Committee and Individual Giving Cabinet, helping to secure legacy and annual gifts at the leader level and mentoring others to join the movement. Many local lives have been changed thanks to Barb’s involvement.

A self-confessed ‘numbers person’, Barb served the insurance industry the length of her career, since joining Jack Harrington’s insurance company in Victoria in 1978. In 1994, she hired Deneen Cunningham and in 2002 they incorporated McVagh Cunningham Group Ltd. Barb retired from McVagh Cunningham Group in 2005, but has stayed on as a consultant.

Early in her career, Barb was greatly influenced by an employer who truly believed in United Way. She learned the fine art of perpetual giving, embracing the ideal of giving back over the long term. A member of the Million Dollar Round Table, having generated more than $1 Million in insurance policies annually, and a member of the city’s Estate Planning Council, Barb has garnered considerable respect for her achievements.

Barb has also been involved with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners as she wanted to help educate others about leaving a will with a giving component. Barb herself took out three insurance policies years ago with the clear intent of donating each policy’s proceeds to charities that meant the most to her, including United Way.

“United Way is my social conscience. They believe in making our community a better place and they ensure every penny goes to where it can do the most good. I continue to be impressed by the staff, leaders of funded programs and the people they help, the lives they renew,” says McVagh.

United Way’s Honorary Life Memberships are given to volunteers and staff who have made significant contributions to furthering the organization’s mission and vision, and highlight their outstanding dedication in resolving critical social issues in the community. Since 1937, United Way has honoured 26 participants.