DND gives United Way Greater Victoria a major boost

CFB Esquimalt and related units contribute more than $600,000 to charity funder

More than 6,500 civilian and military Canadian Forces employees handed over $607,000 to the United Way of Greater Victoria on Thursday.

The donation was a result of CFB Esquimalt’s participation in the federal government’s workplace charitable campaign, which began in September.

“Our organizers and volunteers did a fantastic job throughout this year’s campaign – there was great unit participation across the formation and a lot of excitement generated throughout,” Rear-Admiral Bill Truelove, commander of maritime forces pacific said in a statement.

More than 60 Department of National Defence units in the Capital Region took part in the campaign, which is annually one of the leading contributors to the United Way.

Each year, DND raises more than $500,000 for a wide range of registered charities under the United Way umbrella and accounts for 10 per cent of campaign funds, said local United Way CEO Linda Hughes.

“We are proud to say that since 1994, when we first started keeping electronic records, the military and civilian staff at CFB Esquimalt have raised over $8 million for our community,” she said.

“This is a powerful testament to their commitment to build a strong community, move people from poverty to possibility and ensure kids get a strong start in life.”

DND contributions were raised through a variety of events, including a recent exhibition hockey match with the Victoria Royals.

Nationally, the DND workplace fundraising campaign raised more than $32 million in support of United Way, Healthpartners and thousands of other registered Canadian charities.

Truelove said even more contributions are anticipated in the coming weeks.

To donate to the United Way campaign, visit uwgv.ca.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Saanich council will consider tax reduction scenarios for 2020 budget

Coun. Rebecca Mersereau however warns of cutting additional funding for capital expenditures

CRD holding off repairing Sooke Potholes viewing area after winter landslide

Area likely to experience continued failure of slope, officials say

Jurors talk about trial of U.S. man convicted in 1987 murders of Saanich couple

Three jurors offer a window into deliberations during the trial

Sixties Scoop settlement tour stops in Victoria

The information session takes place on July 24 at the Sandman Hotel

Nanaimo man wanted Canada-wide after walking away from Victoria halfway house

Warrant issued for Jesse Goodale, convicted of aggravated assault

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

BC Cancer Agency refuses to release audit’s critical findings, but discloses ‘positive’ findings

Information and Privacy Commissioner asked to review redactions of cancer agency’s triage audit

B.C. teens wanted in double homicide, suspicious death spotted in Manitoba

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were thought to have been seen in the Gillam area

Countdown starts to 2020 BC Summer Games

Two flags unveiled at Maple Ridge city hall.

Memorial bench painted by Vancouver woman to stay in park for now

Park board to look at options for artistic enhancements on commemorative benches

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Weather Network’s anti-meat video ‘doesn’t reflect true story’: cattle ranchers

At issue is the video’s suggestion that cutting back on meat consumption could help save the planet

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Wrestling legend finds his wedding dance groove in B.C.

Professional wrestler Chris Jericho posted on social media that he was in Penticton recently

Most Read