Helping British Columbians

Building thriving communities for everyone.

Why we’re here

More than ever before, BC communities need help addressing critical social issues. Working in Central and Northern Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Thompson Nicola Cariboo, Southern Interior, Trail and District, and East Kootenay, United Way British Columbia exists to drive positive impact and lasting change.

Our vision

A healthy, caring, inclusive community.

Our mission

We strengthen vital connections that support people in need in our local communities.

Delivering resources and support for the people who need it most

Kids and youth

Every child deserves the chance to grow up great. We help kids and youth succeed by supporting local and provincial programs and initiatives in early childhood development, after-school activities and youth leadership.


Activity, connection, and engagement are keys to seniors’ health and wellness. We help older adults stay independent in their homes and in their communities.


Everyone has the right to food, shelter and employment. We support people at the neighbourhood and community levels to help them move from poverty to possibility and work with businesses to create a more just society.

Meet our Senior Leadership

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 McKnight

President and CEO

Jeff Calbick

Chief Operating Officer

Tamara Isaak

Chief Financial Officer

Katharine Harrold

Chief Revenue Officer

Dan Nielsen

Chief Technology Officer

Neal Adolph

Provincial Director, CLC Labour Participation

Tanjeet Kalsi

Executive Assistant, President’s Office

Board Members

Board Chair
Rudy Kerklaan

Vice Chairman,

Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital Ltd.

Vice Chair
Robin Dhir


Twin Brook Developments Ltd.
Strategic Advisor

Sinéad Scanlon


BDO Canada LLP

Janet Andrews


New Westminster & District Labour Council

Jameel Aziz

Assistant Superintendent,

Nicola Similkameen SD No. 58

Helen Blackburn

Chief Financial Officer,

Coast Capital

Travis Bryson



Talitha Dekker


Kamloops and District Labour Council

Tom Dyck

Owner and President,

TJD Advisory Services

Ian Gordon


North Okanagan Labour Council

Pauline Hadley-Beauregard


Crux Strategic Clarity

Deborah Hopper

Vice President,

Nanaimo Duncan & District Labour Council

Dan Howe


More Rewards, Save On Foods

Orion Irvine

Regional Director,

Canadian Labour Congress

Nicolas Jimenez

President and CEO,


Heather Johnson

Senior Consultant,

HR West Consulting

Lisa Kershaw

Partner and Director,

Boyden Canada

Handol Kim

Co-Founder and CEO,

Variational AI Inc.

Jennifer Robins

Executive Director,

Launch Financial Services Society

A healthy, caring, inclusive community includes everyone

United Way British Columbia is privileged to work with and learn from Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) in our community. We strive to be a model of diversity, equity, and inclusion by supporting and promoting these values throughout our organization with our staff and volunteers, and in service to our whole community.

Work for United Way British Columbia

United Way British Columbia offers you the opportunity to be part of a pillar in the community and non-profit sector and make a tangible difference in people’s lives. When you work at United Way you see firsthand that you are making your community better, while growing professionally in the process.

Work with purpose

Everyone cares about the work; because our employees are passionate about what they do, their knowledge shines through. Like-minded individuals come together to continually build vital connections in our local communities, which results in the improved lives of individuals and a better world for us all.

Work with passion

Our core values are collaboration, compassion, strategy, responsiveness, accountability, and inspiration – and who wouldn’t want to be part of that?!

Find your growing edge

Our strategic plan is future-focused: digitally driven, mobilizing citizens, innovation and more.

Work rewarded

Competitive compensation in the non-profit sector. Proudly CUPE 1760.

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