WOMEN UNITED™

WOMEN UNITED™ is a global giving circle of 70,000+ women leaders in more than 165 communities dedicated to creating a world of opportunity for everyone. Since 2002, this exclusive female giving circle has raised and invested more than $1.7billion. WOMEN UNITED™ launched in Greater Victoria in 2019 and currently has 40 members.

Vision:

We are more powerful together. We can build a sustainable community and bright future for our present and future generations. To be a powerful force for social change, where women are key drivers of philanthropy in local communities, across the country and around the world through both giving and volunteering.

Membership and benefits:

Members have the opportunity to join a community of like-minded women who contribute their personal passions, best ideas, and unique strengths to the mission of building stronger communities.

Benefits of getting involved include volunteering time, expertise and talent; networking and collaborating with key business and community leaders at exclusive events; and learning more about #UNIGNORABLE social issues facing our community.

To qualify for membership and recognition in WOMEN UNITED™, gifts of $1,200 and over (lump sum or monthly) must be made exclusively to United Way. Designations to external charities that are not part of United Way’s priority areas are excluded from recognition totals.

Chair and Vice-Chair

The Chair of Women United in Greater Victoria is Jane Logan. 2020 marks Jane’s 30-year anniversary as a full-time licensed REALTOR® with keen awareness of the changing market conditions in Victoria and the Capital Regional District. Jane is a Past Director of the Victoria Real Estate Board and served as the Chair of the Community Relations and Technology committees.

A long-time resident of Victoria having moved from Edmonton, Alberta some years ago, Jane has been consistently involved with a diverse range of volunteer and community activities, including serving as a current Director of Pacific Opera Victoria and Member of their President’s Circle Committee, and also contributing philanthropically to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Symphony, Our Place Society, the Canadian Red Cross, The Canadian Cancer Society, Victoria Hospice, and The Lieutenant Governor’s Initiatives.

Recently, Jane was honoured with an appointment to the National Advisory Council of Hope Air. Chosen as one of Canada’s best 100 charities by Maclean’s magazine based on efficiency, transparency and need, Hope Air is the only national charity providing free flights and accommodations for Canadians in financial need who must access medical care far from home. In Summer 2021, Hope Air will launch Give Hope Wings, a volunteer cross-Canada, 4-week expedition to raise funds and awareness.

When not volunteering, Jane enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling abroad and tending her garden.

Jane is a long-time member of The Union Club of British Columbia, The Victoria Real Estate Board, and the Canadian International Council.

The Vice-Chair of Women United in Greater Victoria is Milica Ivaz. Milica is a senior financial consultant with IG Wealth Management. Milica is active in her community: she is a Champion for Camosun College Together for Health; served as Board Member with Community Living Victoria Foundation; volunteer with Saanich Water Polo School; Campus View Parent Advisory Committee and University Women’s Club of Victoria; and a supporter of United Way Greater Victoria. Milica is passionate about empowering women to be financially successful.

Impact

Last year, because of WOMEN UNITEDTM, 14 families found housing, 32 survivors of domestic abuse found healing and 25 Indigenous women found financial stability.

If you would like more information about WOMEN UNITED™, please contact Jennifer Young at jennifer@uwgv.ca

$31K raised for the Little Phoenix Daycare

Women United hosted a zoom social on Monday, October 19 in support of the Little Phoenix Daycare. Through ticket sales, an online auction, and individual donations, more than $31,000 was raised for the Daycare. Funds raised will go towards finishing construction of the daycare space, furnishing the facility and filling the shelves with books and toys.

Together with long-term community partners, Family Services of Greater Victoria and the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, this Daycare will help children who have faced or are facing trauma or adversity.