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Our funded agencies are awesome: a spotlight on Godwin Darkwah

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Our funded agencies are awesome: a spotlight on Godwin Darkwah

In June at the 2016/17 Annual General Meeting, we recognized several outstanding individuals with the Bhayana Family Foundation Awards. These awards are peer-nominated honours that recognize extraordinary contributions made by front-line staff at our funded agencies. This recognition is made possible by the generous support of Madan and Raksha M. Bhayana and the Bhayana Family Foundation.

Nine individuals received awards this year, and we’d like to highlight one of the award winners.

Meet Godwin.


Turning Peel into Home for Newcomers: Kawthar’s Story

Turning Peel into Home for Newcomers: Kawthar’s Story

Thankfully, many of us don’t know what it’s like to call a war-torn country home. Yes, we see the turmoil. Yes, we feel sympathy. And, definitely, some of us feel called to action. So, what can we do for those coming to Canada from unimaginable circumstances?

We can help them feel safe and at home right here in Peel Region.


3 opportunities for youth to build their skills this summer

3 opportunities for youth to build their skills this summer

With World Youth Skills Day on Saturday, July 15, we know of a few upcoming opportunities where youth can get involved and build their skills in the community. If you’re young and looking for some incredible opportunities, you’ve come to the right place!

The key to getting involved as a young person – however you define young – is finding the right opportunities that fit your interests. Hopefully, you’ll like one (or all!) of these.


Let's Talk

Written by // Roy Saad

Mental Health Week

Does it seem like everyone and their grandmother is talking about Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why”? Well according to some research from Fizziology (a social media research company) they are. The show had over 3.5 million impression in the first week of the release. This was the biggest social presence for a Netflix show or movie. I know, I was just as surprised.

This week is Mental Health Week and I thought it’s a natural time to talk about this show. Having binged watched the show (Does it still count as binge watching if it still took me almost three weeks?) I can see some of the concerns parents and many organizations have about the content and the ways in which suicide and its impact is portrayed. Yes there were missed opportunities to drive home a different message and it might seem like it romanticizes suicide, however we must remember that this is the entertainment industry. It makes for interesting and captivating television. That’s not to say that they should get a “free pass” but when did we as a society start relying on this industry to deliver the perfect message about anything? The show had very raw and disturbing scenes that made me uncomfortable at times. Suicide is a serious topic and one that has been taboo in many cultures including my own. This show has created a spotlight on the issue, it’s up to all of us to use the momentum moving forward.


Labour of Love

National Volunteer Week 2017

As we close out National Volunteer week, I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge our amazing brothers and sisters in the labour movement who volunteer with United Way of Peel Region.

Nationally, United Way and the Canadian Labour Congress have partnered together since 1988. Representing over 3 million individuals, the Canadian Labour Congress is the largest federation of unions in Canada. Unions care deeply for their communities, Working on issues related to social justice and improving the quality of life for individuals and families. Working together with United Way at a national and local level, the Canadian Labour Congress engages and endorses the support of United Way across Canada.

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