Funds Raised to Help Support Kids in Greater Victoria through United Way

IMG_4721VICTORIA, BC – Last year’s engineering challenge was such a success, we’re doing it again! Engineering firms from across the CRD are coming together to raise money to support United Way funded programs that help kids grow up into healthy strong adults.

Over the past few weeks, participating engineering firms: Stantec, Herold Engineering, RJC Read Jones Christofferson Consulting Engineers and hpcw High Performance Climbing Walls have developed their miniature playgrounds. The teams were given a host of materials in addition to popsicle sticks to help their creative juices flow. The key to receiving the best material and a greater chance of outdoing the competition is to raise more money. The minimum donation to participate is $1,000 with every extra $100 earning the team bonus material for the playground.

The wrap up party to celebrate the participants and to showcase the playgrounds will take place on Thursday, February 25 at the Sticky Wicket from 4:30-6pm. At the party, playgrounds will be judged and the Engineering Cup will be awarded to one deserving firm. Last year’s champs, RJC Read Jones Christofferson Consulting Engineers have some stiff competition this year defending the cup against teams both new and returning.

“As long-term supporters of United Way, we were thrilled to participate in the challenge and even more exited that we won last year!  It was a great opportunity to demonstrate our culture of giving back to the community and to deepen our involvement with United Way,” says Lynn McDermid, Office Service Manager at RJC. “We are looking forward to this year’s challenge and we have upped our game.”

The first company that rose to the popsicle stick playground challenge two years ago and became a sponsor of the event was Higginson Consulting Ltd. “I was so impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of the participants from last year,” says Andrew Higginson. “It was a great opportunity to have some fun outside of the workplace while helping to make a meaningful difference in the community we work and live.  I can’t wait to see what teams come up with this year; it’s going to be hard to top last year’s creativity!” Higginson Consulting’s sister company hpcw High Performance Climbing Walls will be competing this time around.

“We appreciate the leadership these engineering firms are demonstrating by participating in this innovative and engaging way of fundraising for United Way,” says Patricia Jelinski, CEO at United Way.

Donations to United Way’s 2015 community campaign are being accepted until March 31, 2016 at United Way’s office at 1144 Fort Street, via phone 250-385-6708 or online at

For more information, please contact:

Heather Skydt
Director, Marketing and Communications
United Way
Work: (250) 984-2269

Patricia Jelinski, CEO
United Way
Work: (250) 220-7364
Cell: (250) 217-8698

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

As the region’s largest non-government funder, 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 our community all year round through fundraising and community building, and provide multi-year funding to create a strong and stable network of services. For 79 years we have served this community and raised over $150 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. Together, We Are Possibility. For more information, visit