Personal Stories

Have you been touched by a United Way agency or and want to share your story?

Do you volunteer your time for the United Way campaign, or throughout the year with a United Way agency? Are you coordinating campus fundraising events for the United Way?

If so, we'd like to hear from you. Please contact Scott May, Campus Communications Consultant at smay5@uwo.ca.

Grace Kelly finds home in United Way role

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly,
Sponsored Employee - 2016

She has planted gardens, painted lines in parking lots and swept out horse barns – all in the name of helping United Way of London & Middlesex.

“It’s been the best experience of my life,” said Kelly, at the midway point of her four-month secondment as a sponsored employee. “You begin to hear the stories and it is just so emotional. Even talking about it now I get emotional.”
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Personal story puts familiar face on United Way campaign

Deanna Bushelle

Deanna Bushelle,
Sponsored Employee - 2015

The role asks for four months, countless campaign tasks, long hours and a fervent dedication to fundraising. But for Deanna Bushelle, the biggest contribution is her story.

“Not many people want to say they grew up in poverty and had to use all these (United Way-funded) services. In my childhood years, my mom was a single mom, working to support me and my siblings."
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Sponsored employee joins Western's United Way effort

Dayna Munro

Dayna Munro,
Sponsored Employee - 2014

Dayna Munro said the campus community has the ability to make a immediate impact on the lives of London’s most vulnerable.

There was one little girl not smiling, showing no life in her sad eyes. As a supply teacher, Dayna Munro’s instinct kicked in. “I asked if she was okay and she told me she was okay – just hungry,” said Munro, Western’s 2014 United Way sponsored employee.
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United Way offers student a lifeline

Western Student

Valerie Christie,
Western Nursing Student

With the help of Youth Opportunities Unlimited, a United Way-funded agency, Western student Valerie Christie is no longer homeless and working toward a nursing career.

It’s safe to say the helping hand of a United Way of London & Middlesex-funded agency made a huge difference in the life of Western Nursing student Valerie Christie.

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