This was an exciting week at Canada Drugs, as we marked our sixth year supporting the United Way of Winnipeg, the local chapter of the international United Way organization. As a company, we have always strived to be excellent corporate citizens and our founder and CEO Kris Thorkelson’s encourages the entire Canada Drugs family to join him in giving back to the community.
The United Way of Winnipeg supports a variety of programs and strategies that offer young people an alternative to the streets, helps families achieve financial independence, and improves neighborhood health and personal well-being. It works with nearly 100 partner agencies around Winnipeg by assisting them in delivering lasting, positive change. The United Way is active in 45 countries around the world, and makes positive contributions in over 1800 communities. Now You can learn more about your local organization too! The great thing about supporting your local United Way is that your valued donation will stay right in your local community.
The Canada Drugs United Way campaign raised $10,310.66 in 2009 and Kris Thorkelson generously pledged to match every dollar raised by his Canada Drugs staff by donating 4 dollars for every dollar raised. That means his contribution of $41,243.64 brought the total raised by Canada Drugs to just over $51,553. We are proud of this significant contribution we are able to make to our community and hope to exceed our 2009 total during this years drive.
Our United Way week events included draws and raffles, bake sales, games, and popular events like “Jail Your Supervisor,” where Canada Drugs staff got to pledge money to keep their managers locked up in jail all day. We all had a great time, raising money for a great cause. We thank our valued customers for supporting us as well, and allowing us to share the success we have built.