United Way presents awards

United Way of South Okanagan Similkameen is nearly halfway to its goal of raising $300,000 by 2015

Director Riley Gettens of the United Way speaks about the contribution of the Canada Revenue Agency as representative Deja Walsh waits to receive the Top Work Place Campaign award from Astral's John Ferebee at the recent Spirt Awards

Director Riley Gettens of the United Way speaks about the contribution of the Canada Revenue Agency as representative Deja Walsh waits to receive the Top Work Place Campaign award from Astral's John Ferebee at the recent Spirt Awards

It’s the dedicated people in the workplace who make the numbers a reality when it comes to fundraising.

Last week the United Way of South Okanagan Similkameen recognized some of the many individuals and organizations they represent which made the 2012 campaign an over-the-top success.

United Way director Riley Gettens, who has been on the campaign trail since 2011, paid tribute to the many people who give of their time to help.

“There is a popular quote: ‘Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless but because they are priceless,’” she said.

“Now the truth is, I wish we could pay all of our volunteers and they were part of a team I could work with all of the time — because our volunteers are really amazing and without our volunteers we could not do what we have set out to do.”

Last year’s campaign was especially successful, raising over $144,000, which is nearly halfway to the goal of $300,000 by 2015 which organizers set last year.

Among those recognized at the recent awards ceremony at Poplar Grove Winery were: Volunteer of the Year, Anthony Brown; Leadership Campaign Team of the Year, London Drugs; Work Place Campaign Spirit Award, Pacific Agri-Food Research Station; Community Partner Spirit Award, Penticton and District Community Resources Society; Top Work Place Award, Canada Revenue Agency; Corporate Sponsorship Award, TD Canada Trust; and Community Spirit Award, City of Penticton.

Special media awards went to the Penticton Western News, the Penticton Herald, Astral (SUN FM/EZ Rock) South Okanagan Country Radio and Shaw Cable, for promoting the cause.


Upcoming United Way fundraising events for this month include: the Style Lab fashion show Thursday at Poplar Grove and Sunday’s 5K4UW, which is part of the Peach City Runfest.



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