“They told me I was a liability – a fire hazard.” Ten years ago, Damon Pfaff was kicked out of local community centres for spinning on his head. But now, 24-year-old Pfaff is back in those same centres teaching kids how to express themselves through breakdance. Pfaff and Marcel DaCosta run RHYTHM – a 12-week hip-hop dance program supported by a Youth in Action grant funded jointly by United Way and the Region of Peel.
Nashambi is a 23-year-old woman caring for her two young daughters; Eliana and Kateleia. This young family is facing challenges including; abuse, single-parenting, mental health issues, and disabilities.
Less than six months after the birth of his daughter Hailey, Steve was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, an illness that causes dramatic shifts in mood, energy, thinking and behaviour from mania to depression and back again.
Audley has been a long-time supporter of United Way both as a donor and as a volunteer. He did this because he thought it was the right thing to do. It never dawned on him that one day his family would benefit from United Way funded programs.
Megan Koch is what we like to call an everyday hero - not the kind who does great deeds under the glare of the spotlight, but rather the kind who works quietly behind the scenes to make Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon better places to live. She’s the kind of everyday hero needy kids can’t live without.