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Southern Interior United Way merger all about a strong and efficient organization

The United Way has joined its regional divisions in the Okanagan, Shuswap, Similkameen and Columbia.
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April 03, 2019 - 12:15 PM

KELOWNA - The joining of two regional United Way organizations in the Okanagan, Shuswap and Columbia is being promoted as a way to centralize administration while improving its ability to deal with regional issues such as homelessness, mental health and poverty.

The two branches separately served the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen and the North Okanagan-Columbia-Shuswap. They have been merged into the United Way Southern Interior B.C., which will serve a region from Salmon Arm to Golden in the north, from Princeton to Osoyoos in the south, and everything in between.

”United Way is all about local giving and local impact,” new United Way Southern Interior board chair Sinead Scanlon said in a media release. “Every dollar raised locally will go back to the local community... Decision-making will continue to guide local community investments, focused on local priorities. What we gain is efficiency and regional capacity. I am excited for the future of the new regional United Way.”

This merger follows the pattern being set by United Way nationally as 32 United Way organizations have combined to create 12 regional groups.

Helen Jackman is the executive director of the new United Way Southern Interior, while Tracy Williamson is the community engagement manger who will work out of a Vernon office. The merger coincides with the planned retirement of Linda Yule as executive director United Way North Okanagan-Columbia-Shuswap.

For more information you can check out the United Way Southern Interior website here.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/United Way

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