Get to know our 2018 Loaned Representatives!

United Way of Saskatoon and Area welcomes the 2018 Loaned Representatives. These individuals will play a crucial role in assisting United Way with fall fundraising.

  1. What are you most excited about in this role? As someone who has always believed in a strong, cohesive community, I am really appreciative and excited about spending some time at the United Way to learn more about their programs and being a part of the positive impact they are making in the community with their fall campaign.  I am pleased to represent the U of S in this role, and thanks to their generous sponsorship, I am also really excited about the collaboration of our two organizations, and working together to make a positive difference in our community.
  2. Why did you apply for this opportunity? I was grateful when the opportunity to be a part of this program was offered to me by the U of S, as I felt my role as a fundraiser at the U of S and my community involvement may be of some assistance to the United Way.  At the same time, I felt there was so much I could learn both professionally and personally from this opportunity that would assist me in my job, as well as providing valuable community service.
  3. What do you hope to gain from your time with United Way? During my time with the United Way, I hope to learn more about their programs and to be a part of the positive impact they are making in the community.  I also feel there is so much I can learn both professionally and personally from this opportunity that would assist me in my job, as well as providing valuable community service.
  4. What is your regular role, and how do you think the Loaned Rep role will be different? My regular role at the U of S is Program Manager, Leadership Annual Giving.  In this role, I am a fundraiser with a focus on our Leadership Giving individual donors in our annual campaign.  While there are many similarities in my regular role and that of the Loaned Representative, this role will be different in that I will be working with companies and organizations on their employee campaigns.
  5. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about how United Way supports the community? I have learned about United Way’s 211 Saskatchewan website which connects people in Saskatchewan to over 5,000 community, health and government services and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 150 languages.

  1. What are you most excited about in this role? Helping our community hands on and learning more about what they do and who they help.
  2. Why did you apply for this opportunity? To learn more about the United Way and to help me get out of my comfort zone with public speaking.  I also love to fundraise for great causes.
  3. What do you hope to gain from your time with United Way? To have a new experience and be able to help others and make a difference.
  4. What is your regular role, and how do you think the Loaned Rep role will be different? I sit in an office all day and pay contractors..  The Loaned Rep role is an exciting new experience which gets me out of the office, makes me in constant contact with different people and makes you feel like you are making a change in the community.
  5. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about how United Way supports the community? How much it actually helps our community, it’s much more than just getting and giving money, there are so many organizations that it helps out daily.

  1. What are you most excited about in this role? I am excited to meet new people.  I am also excited to get out from behind a desk and do something meaningful for the community of Saskatoon.
  2. Why did you apply for this opportunity? I applied for this position because I wanted to try something new.  I have worked at the same job for 16 years and this looked like an exciting change.
  3. What do you hope to gain from your time with United Way? I hope to gain knowledge about United Way.  I want to learn what types of initiatives they support.  I also would like to strengthen my personal communication skills.  This will push me out of my comfort zone and hopefully make me more confident in reaching out to new people and enhancing my communication skills.
  4. What is your regular role, and how do you think the Loaned Rep role will be different? I am a CADD technologist at SaskPower.  I enter information in our drafting database known as Electric Office.  The information I enter shows a geographical representation of SaskPower equipment that is in the real world (examples are power poles, power lines, transformers, fuses etc).  I do not deal with the public and typically don’t leave the office during the day.  As a loaned representative, my duties will include dealing with people from many different businesses and corporations.
  5. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about how United Way supports the community? I have learned how far $1 can go.  For instance, $1 can provide a meal to a person in need.

  1. What are you most excited about in this role? Working with other GoC departments/agencies, supporting the fundraising for United Way, and professional development -both informal & formal.
  2. Why did you apply for this opportunity? I am a huge supporter of United Way & have been an ECC in past. I was very interested in working in a different capacity with UW. As well, I believe the break from my usual role with CSC, and new skills learned at UW, will allow me to return to my substantive role with greater energy, motivation & enhanced skills.
  3. What do you hope to gain from your time with United Way? Networking/new relationships, greater insight to UW & its efforts in the community, and opportunities to speak to others about UW.
  4. What is your regular role, and how do you think the Loaned Rep role will be different? Superintendent of Education for penitentiary schools with Correctional Services Canada. Although I work with substantial budgets and manage HR portfolios, I think managing accounts with UW will be quite different – asking for money, rather than managing money already allocated to me/my division will be quite different.
  5. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about how United Way supports the community? 211: considering my donations I had never heard of this program – I’ve informed many others in my personal life, about the program. Funding: some of the agencies that receive program funding was new to me; the allocation of admin fees for UW, Health Partners & other agencies was new information to me. Really appreciated the information & stories of the speakers.

Thank you to each individual and their sponsoring employers for their outstanding commitment to changing lives in our community.

United Way would like to thank the following professional development facilitators for their time and support of this program: Arlene Jorgenson – A Jorgenson & Assoc.; Pat Katz – Optimus Consulting; Shad Ali – On Purpose Leadership; Angela Langen – University Club; Diane Fletcher – VADIS Consulting Group.