We invest in communities.

We are strategic about how and where your dollars are invested, and it’s our job to make sure the money goes where it’s needed most. Whether funding programs that teach conflict resolution skills to a high-risk family, enable a senior to live independently, or help a high school student stay in school, United Way’s impact is local, tangible and meaningful.

United Way gives people in your community the opportunity to reach their potential and improve their quality of life. We bring together business, government, school boards and others to address the root causes of social issues and develop long-term strategies to solve them.



Together we are inspiring people to come together to make a lasting difference in our local communities.


Our United Way serves an area of roughly one quarter of Alberta, from Grande Cache to the NWT border and from Slave Lake to the B.C. border. We focus on ensuring the funding we provide our community partners has significant positive impact in our communities and is based on outcome measures and identified need.

Every year we allocate money to approximately 30 programs. For maximum community impact we focus on Poverty Reduction, Strong Communities and Successful Kids. We believe that to address those issues in a meaningful way, we wll need to increase our resources. 



Every day volunteers across the country come together to make a lasting difference in our communities by contributing their time, expertise and talents. Volunteers are critical to our operations and we wouldn't be able to inspire change without you.



The United Way is a voluntary organization whose mission is to acquire and coordinate resources to improve the quality of life for people in need.

Together, we:

  • Value trust, integrity, transparency, inclusivity and respect
  • energize and inspire volunteerism and volunteer leadership
  • endorse innovation, partnerships and collective action
  • provide non-partisan leadership
  • embrace diversity

Community Impact is about achieving meaningful, long-term improvements to the quality of life in Canadian communities by addressing not just the symptoms of problems, but also getting at the root causes. It’s about making fundamental changes to community conditions.




Awareness and advocacy are rare elements in creating change. United way has become a trusted voice for our communities to influence and shift public attitudes, policies and systems. It's easy to participate in your community when you feel passionate about a cause and participating is rewarding.



Leadership & Staff

Leadership and Staff

Our volunteer Board of Directors determines United Way's direction and is responsible for financial decisions and performance.

The Campaign Cabinet helps develop campaign plans and strategies for our annual workplace campaign. Made up of business and community leaders from all sectors, these volunteers lend their unique business expertise and ensure we're meeting the needs of our workplace donors.

Our staff are committed to our organization and our community. Staff members carry out the vision of our Board and Campaign Cabinet and are the stewards of the funds we receive from donors for investments in the community.

Board of Directors

Dean Hunt

Senior Financial Planner, Investors Group

Jeff Finkle

Vice Chair
Manager, Real Estate and Construction - RBC

Brenda Thompson

Secretary Treasurer
CPA, McNabb Lucuk LLP

Sheldon Rowe

Past Chair
Superintendant, Peace Wapiti School Division

Peter Meyerhoffer

Daily Herald Tribune

Patrick Davidson

Manager, Costco

Jane Manning

Premium Volunteer

Warren Toews

Owner, Alliance Disposal

Gail Ungstad

Program Analyst, Human Services, Government of Alberta

Vikram Minhas


Chuk I. Dmiri


Ellen Bowles


Office Staff

Jamie Craig

Executive Director


Jessica Pinette

Fundraising and Business Development Officer


Rebekah Keyes

Administrator and Fundraising Coordinator


Anita Mallick

Database Administrator


Campaign Cabinet Members

Ron Prochner

United Way Alberta Northwest is looking for a Campaign Cabinet for the 2017 Campaign which launches on September 10th. What we're looking for in a Campaign Cabinet is a collection of bright minds and big hearts. United Way’s Campaign Cabinet is the driving force behind our annual fundraising campaign. The Cabinet calls all corners of Alberta Northwest. We're looking for business owners and individuals that leave a mark on our community that's nothing short of extraordinary. The Campaign runs 10 weeks and in that time the Campaign Cabinet works alongside United Way staff to build relationships with local workplaces, donors and community members. Whether you’re looking to meet new people, learn new skills or show your commitment to the community, donating your time and talent is a great way to fulfil your personal goals—while improving the lives of people across our region.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our volunteer opportunities, please contact our Communications Specialist at communications@unitedwayabnw.org. or Call 780-532-1105