Helping British Columbians tackle critical social issues, through local love.
About United Way British Columbia
A healthy, caring, inclusive community.
We strengthen vital connections that support people in need in our local communities.
United we are stronger: we’re United Way British Columbia!
As of July 1, 2021, six United Ways across the province have joined together to become United Way British Columbia – one organization, united to ensure communities in BC’s Interior, Lower Mainland, and Central & Northern Vancouver Island thrive.
More than ever before, BC communities need help addressing critical social issues. As a unified provincial organization we have consolidated our resources to respond to urgent needs in real-time in order to drive positive, lasting change in our local communities.
The unified organization serves over 4 million British Columbians, delivering resources and support to the people who need it most. Our areas of focus include Urgent Response, Children & Youth, Seniors, Poverty, Mental Health, and Food Security.
Local giving, local results
Dollars raised locally, stay local. That’s our continued promise to you. Four Regional Councils exist to represent and drive the mission of United Way British Columbia in local communities and regions. Made up of multi-sectoral representatives – including community members and labour – the Regional Councils provide leadership, guidance, and help us identify opportunities for impact in local communities.
United Way British Columbia Senior Leadership oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization and manages ongoing relationships with United Way stakeholders, including donors, investors, sponsors, volunteers, and employees.
Michael McKnightPresident & CEO
Jeff CalbickChief Operating Officer
Tamara IsaakChief Financial Officer
Katherine HarroldChief Revenue Officer
Irene ChaninChief Social Enterprise Officer
Dan NielsenChief Technology Officer
Neal AdolphProvincial Director, CLC Labour Participation
Tanjeet KalsiExecutive Assistant, President’s Office
Meet Our Board
Rudy KerklaanBoard Chair
Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital Ltd.
Robin DhirVice Chair
President, Twin Brook Developments Ltd.; Strategic Advisor, Fasken
BDO Canada LLP
New Westminster & District Labour Council
Vice President Commercial Financial Services, Indigenous Markets BC Region,
RBC Royal Bank
Superintendent of Education/CEO, Yellowknife Education District No. 1 – Yellowknife
Chief Financial Officer,
Partner, MNP LLP
Kamloops and District Labour Council
Owner and President,
TJD Advisory Services
North Okanagan Labour Council
Crux Strategic Clarity
Chief Marketing Officer,
Pattison Food Group
Canadian Labour Congress
President and CEO,
HR West Consulting
Partner and Director,
Co-Founder and CEO,
Variational AI Inc.
Launch Financial Services Society
We recognize the communities in which we work
We recognize that we operate as guests on the traditional and ancestral homelands of First Peoples and their descendants. We acknowledge that First Peoples’ relationships with these lands and waterways span millennia, and most of these territories are unceded.
What we refer to as the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley include homelands of the hənq̓əmin̓əm (Halkomelem) and Sḵwxwú7mesh snichim (Squamish Language) speaking peoples and their descendants, including the First Nations of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səlílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Qayqayt (New Westminister), and Tsawwassen.
Specifically, we recognize the Stó:lō and communities within the S’olh Temexw, including the Nations of Semá:th (Sumas) in Abbotsford, Matsqui (Abbotsford), Skwah (Chilliwack), Skowkale (Chilliwack), Shxwhá:y (Chilliwack River Valley), Squiala (Upper Fraser), Popkum (Upper Fraser), Tzeachten (Fraser Valley), Leq’a:mel (Mission), Yakweakwioose (Sardis), Aitchletz (Sardis), and Skawahlook (Agassiz).
We value healthy and respectful relations with the governments of Snuneymuxw First Nation and Snaw-naw-as (Nanoose First Nation)—the traditional territories upon which the City of Nanaimo was established.
In the central and northern regions of Vancouver Island, we acknowledge we work and live within the traditional territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw (central to northern Vancouver Island), both the unceded and Treaty Settlement Lands of the Nuu-chahn-uulth (west coast of Vancouver Island), and Coast Salish People, including the Stz’uminus (Chemainus First Nation) and members of the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group. As well, we acknowledge our relationships with the Kúkpi7 and council of Tkemlúps te Secwépemc, within the ancestral lands of the Secwepemcúĺecw, where the City of Kamloops was established. Within what we refer to as the Nicola, Interior, and Cariboo regions, we acknowledge we do our work on the unceded lands of the Lil’wat (Interior Salish), Secwépemc (Shuswap), and Nlaka’pamux (Thompson). In what we call the Lower Columbia or West Kootenay region, we acknowledge we conduct our work on the unceded lands of the Ktunaxa Nation (East Kootenay), the Sinixt (West Kootenay), and Syilx Okanagan Nation.
Our recently completed work through the Community Builder Program was within the traditional territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, and the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) speaking Peoples.