Welcome to Renfrew County United Way

Thank you for visiting our site! Renfrew County United Way (RCUW) is a community of caring donors and energetic volunteers in eastern Ontario who work year-round to support our communities’ needs.
As a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization, RCUW relies on the on-going generosity of many people, organizations and businesses within the 23 municipal jurisdictions it serves. Without their continued support, there would be no United Way.
We invite you to enter our website to learn more about who we are, what we do and who benefits from our work. We also invite you to help us help your community by getting involved as a volunteer or by becoming a donor. 
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When Joy first started coming to the Toy Bus program, she was completely exhausted, deflated and desperate for help. This mother was living in a very isolated situation in a small rural community and struggling with her preschooler’s unruly behaviour. Joy very cautiously reached out to the Community Resource Centre (CRC) in Killaloe for help.

With funding from the United Way, we were able to provide a variety of supports. In the beginning, Joy was too nervous to attend mainstream community programs. She also had physical challenges that kept her from going out in public places or even for a walk with her child, for fear that she would not be able to keep her safe.

Staff provided one-on-one coaching in Joy’s home and private play groups at our Ontario Early Years locations. We took Joy and her daughter out shopping and for walks down the street, role modelling how to positively support her little one, while providing clear boundaries to ensure safety. With the support of staff, Joy’s parenting confidence began to grow and grow.

Gradually mother and daughter joined our Parent Cafe program with other families, making friends and sharing the trials and tribulations of raising children. Because of the extra support provided through the United Way’s investment, Joy has found the confidence to start attending CRC’s mainstream parenting programs with her daughter.

Today, the parent/child relationship balance is healthier. Mother and daughter still have their struggles like any family does but overall, they are doing great! Mom is better able to access the support she needs as a parent and child is thriving.



Renfrew County United Way Chair Doug Tennant attended the NRFS Board meeting on June 21st and presented a grant cheque in the amount of $20,500. These funds will continue to provide counselling through the Successful Relationship Building program. Pictured left to right are: (back row) - Julie Laderoute (CoChair), Kelly Hawley (Executive Director), Rick Janzen (Treasurer), Nancy Bourgoin, Jonathan Leslie (Co-Chair), Andy McKee (front row) - Doug Tennant, Claire Watts, Dé Groeneveld, Jeff Juby (Counsellor)

Are you interested in helping to improve the lives of over 7,300 individuals in Renfrew County? United Way has some vacancies on our volunteer Board of Directors. If so, we we’re looking for new Board members. We have three key focus areas: | From Poverty to Possibility | All that Kids Can Be | Healthy People – Strong Communities | Please contact Gail Logan-McMeekin, Exec. Dir. to discuss. By phone at: 613-735-0436 or email to: gail@renfrewcountyunitedway.ca   Together, we are possibility.

Imam Mohamad Jebara cycled from Pembroke to Ottawa for United Way

A local Muslim cleric recently lent his cycling talents to help out local area chapters of the United Way, by riding all the way from Pembroke to Ottawa, making stops in Renfrew and Carleton Place along the way. The night before continuing on his 360-plus-kilometre trek, Imam Mohamad Jebara, chief imam and resident scholar at Ottawa's Cordova Spiritual Education Center, stopped in to Champlain Discovery Public School to meet with volunteers and kids enjoying the weekly Pembroke Boys and Girls Club play night on Tuesday, April 26.

Before heading to Pembroke, Jebara made stops in Hawkesbury, Rockland and Ottawa. For him, being on-site to see the work being done by programs supported by United Way is important for his work as an active advocate and fundraiser.

"So when I see people and solicit support, I can say that I've seen the programs and what they're doing. I know how important it is."

The saga of the "cycling cleric" started in 2014, when Jebara made a trek from Ottawa to Quebec City to raise money for and awareness of the Hearth and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The trip also had a secondary benefit, given the political controversy swirling at the time about Quebec's proposed Charter of Values, which sought to ban religious symbols and clothing in public service establishments.

"The reason I went to Quebec City that year is because they had the whole issue of the charter," recalls Jebara. "So I thought it would be good to break multiple barriers. Like, here I am, chief imam, and I'm dressed just like you, and caring about the issues that are important to you. It's demystifying." The next year, he rode from Ottawa to Toronto in support of the Trillium Gift of Life Network organ donation organization.

Renfrew County United Way executive director Gail Logan-McMeekin says that taking its place among that exclusive group is a huge benefit to the relatively small group. "Four United Ways in the area, Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Lanark County and, of course, Renfrew County, will benefit from his generosity, his strength, and his desire to help children. He approached us and said he wanted to do this Ride United program in our region, and he's particularly interested in children, in terms of reaching their potential and making sure that there are programs like the Boys and Girls Club, pre-school, after-school, homework clubs, you name it - anything that will help give children a leg up, he's passionate about that. We're so fortunate to have someone like him to lead the charge."

Ultimately Jebara's message (particularly to his fellow Muslims) comes down to a simple message of action over apathy. "Live out the faith," he says. "Don't just sit around." For more information on the Cyclic Cleric, visit: www.rideunited.ca, www.cyclingcleric.ca, www.facebook.com/imammohamadjebara or www.facebook.com/cyclingcleric

Gail Logan-McMeekin, executive director of the Renfrew County United Way, left, and Mohamad Jebara, chief Imam and resident scholar at Ottawa's Cordova Spiritual Education Centre, chat with members of the Pembroke Boys and Girls Club on the evening of Tuesday April 26th, before Jebara continued on a cycling journey the next day which took him through Renfrew, Carleton Place and Almonte on the way back to Ottawa.


Volunteers are the life blood of the Renfrew County United Way; of all charities. We salute your invaluable contributions and tireless efforts to help changes lives every day in our region. Thank you for all you do – Together, we are possibility!

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on National Volunteer Week
April 11, 2016 Ottawa, Ontario The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on National Volunteer Week:

“This week is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers for the selfless work they do to help those around them.

“The theme for this year’s campaign—Volunteers are the roots of strong communities—recognizes that volunteers are at the heart of healthy and resilient communities.

“We each have the power to make the world a better place. We can help a senior citizen who can no longer drive, mentor a young person in an after-school program, or welcome Syrian refugees to their new country. Volunteers look for opportunities to contribute their time, passion, and skill to make a positive difference in the lives of others. They believe—and know—that better is always possible.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I want to thank all the volunteers who every day accomplish extraordinary things and make Canada a great place to live.”



United Way’s 2nd largest workplace campaign – Garrison Petawawa almost doubled their 2015 campaign goal; an outstanding result! A cheque presentation was made December 2nd at the annual CO’s Christmas Reception. Pictured from left to right are: CWO Bill Richards FSM of 4 CDSG, Doug Tennant – United Way Board Chair, Gail Logan-McMeekin, United Way Executive Director and Colonel Marc Gagne Commander 4 CDSG.


CNL employees exceed their United Way fundraising goal

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced that charitable contributions through their Chalk River United Way campaign totalled $140,150; exceeding their goal of $130,000. This outstanding result places CNL once again as the single largest campaign fundraiser for the Renfrew County United Way (RCUW).

CNL employees have been raising funds for the United Way since the early 1960s. Campaigns are held at other CNL sites in Port Hope, Ontario and Pinawa, Manitoba. This year, CNL sites collectively raised over $186,000. CNL employees not only recognize the important role that United Way programs play across Renfrew County, but also across Canada.

“What an unbelievable team that I have joined at CNL. I’m extremely proud of the 2015 United Way campaigns across the organization with Chalk River, Whiteshell and Port Hope all exceeding their fundraising goals,” said Mark Lesinski, new CNL President & CEO.

In addition to payroll and cash donations, CNL staff participated in various fundraising activities during the one-week campaign including a parking auction, Karaoke in the Cafe and, new this year, the cutest pet contest, which was a huge success.

“Year after year, our United Way organizing committee comes up with exciting fundraising activities to engage our fellow employees which results in an entertaining and successful campaign,” expressed Nicole LeBlanc, CNL 2015 Campaign Chair.

Pictured from left to right: Doug Tennant, United Way Board Chair; Gail Logan-McMeekin, United Way Executive Director; Nicole LeBlanc, CNL Corporate Communications Officer and United Way 2015 Workplace Campaign Chair; and, Mark Lesinski, CNL President & CEO.


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Renfrew County residents and businesses are encouraged to continue their generosity to support those less fortunate.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2015 - Pembroke, ON – The Renfrew County United Way announced today that the 2015 Fundraising Campaign deadline has been extended to February 26, 2016.

The 2015 United Way Campaign was launched on September 15th and to date, donations and pledges receivable, currently sit at approximately $365,000 and the campaign goal is $405,000; a shortfall of $40,000. “Another 11% in donations and we’ll achieve our goal for 2015” says Gail Logan-McMeekin, United Way Executive Director. “I’m confident that with the “giving season” upon us and the historic generosity of businesses and residents that once they know United Way still needs their support, they’ll help us achieve our goal,” she adds.

CNL employees continued their outstanding track record of United Way support through their annual workplace campaign. CNL exceeded their goal of $130K and raised over $140K. “We’re so proud of the thousands of men and women who work for CNL and we hope their generosity and spirit will inspire other area businesses, their employees and individual residents to make a donation that will help us to help others,” says Doug Tennant, Chair of the Renfrew County United Board of Directors. “And Garrison Petawawa almost doubled their goal of $30K for the 2015 campaign and they raised over $59K – an incredible feat,” Tennant adds. read more


Three regional United Ways join United for Refugees campaign
…..Eastern Ontario communities ready themselves to support Syrian refugees…..

Monday, December 14, 2015 – Pembroke – Three United Ways serving the communities of Renfrew and Lanark Counties and Prescott Russell have joined the United for Refugees campaign to support refugees of the Syrian crisis. Funds raised will be used to support the sponsorship and settlement of refugees in these counties.

“We’re all heartbroken by the Syrian crisis, and members of our community are telling us they want to help,” said Gail Logan-McMeekin, Executive Director of the United Way Renfrew County. “Together, we want to be prepared to support these refugees as they build new lives in our communities.”  find out more



Last week, the Renfrew County United Way hosted a Tribute Dinner to honor Dr. Robert (Bob) Walker, former President & CEO of CNL/AECL and Honorary Campaign Chair for United Way during 2013. Over 100 guests from across the region attended the United Way fundraiser on Tuesday, November 17th at the Chalk River Lion’s Club Hall. Several tributes were made to Dr. Walker including Warden Peter Emon, County of Renfrew, Steve Halpenny, Board Member of the United Way and Doug Tennant, United Way Board Chair.

Each presenter highlighted Bob’s leadership and vision and in particular, his commitment to giving back to communities throughout Renfrew County. "Dr. Walker is the embodiment of 'Give-Volunteer-Act'. His legacy to our community is one of building and sustaining a brighter and healthier future for everyone," said Doug Tennant, United Way Board Chair.

Several gifts were presented to Dr. Walker including a gift bag from the County of Renfrew, a Certificate of Appreciation from Cheryl Gallant, MP – Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke and a Gift Certificate from the Carp Greenhouse. “Bob, your son told us about your love of apple trees, so we’re happy to present this gift certificate as a token of appreciation from your United Way Family, said Gail Logan-McMeekin, United Way Executive Director and Emcee for the evening. “Just as you established strong roots in Renfrew County, we trust this tree will have strong roots on your new property and when you look out your window onto your yard, you will remember the many friends you have here,” she added.

A delicious roast-beef buffet dinner was catered by Ullrich’s, Hellen Lavric and Tom Boudreau provided easy-listening entertainment and Rhodina Turner, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Pembroke, provided the décor. Approximately $2,000 was raised for United Way’s 2015 Campaign, which runs until December 18th.


Attention: All health and social service charities in Renfrew County

The United Way invites interested and qualified charities located in Renfrew County to submit proposals for project funding support in 2016. During 2014, the United Way also established a new “Community Investment Fund” that provides one-time micro-grants for up to $1,000 per project.

Proposals must address health and social issues within one or more of our six broad, strategic priority areas: youth, child poverty, seniors, safe & affordable housing, transportation and health services.

Regular funding support proposals must be completed on the approved form and submitted with a covering letter to Renfrew County United Way in Pembroke, not later than Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 4pm. Qualified charities may submit a maximum of TWO (2) proposals. For the the new Community Investment Fund, proposals can be submitted anytime throughout 2016.

Submit the application package by REGISTERED MAIL or EMAIL a .pdf with a READ RECEIPT to the Renfrew County United Way. Email: gail@renfrewcountyunitedway.ca and Mail: 224 Pembroke St. W., Pembroke, Ontario, K8A 5N2.

Qualified charities are defined as those having Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) approved registration. Proposal forms and accompanying documents can be obtained from the Renfrew County United Way Website at: www.renfrewcountyunitedway.ca. If you have any questions or require additional details, please call: 613-735-0436 or toll free: 888-592-2213. Thank you.

During 2015, United Way 16 funded charities throughout Renfrew County made a positive difference in the lives of over 7,300 people or 1 in 14; neighbours, friends and colleagues.



Algonquin College organized a number of United Way fundraising events again this year. Some of the activities included a spaghetti dinner, a pie sale, a book sale, a bake sale, and a unique event --a male-staff organized "Men's Tea Party", that included a guest 'fortune teller'. Students, faculty and staff who participated in the various events contributed a total of $5, 486.50, surpassing their $5,000 goal for the local United Way effort. Gail Logan-McMeekin, Renfrew County United Way Campaign Executive Director, was presented with a cheque by members of Algonquin's United Way fundraising team. In the front row, from the left, are: Erin Whyte, Gail Logan-McMeekin, Marie Mask, and Jenny Hodgson. In the back from the left, are: Sue Mohns, Jodi Bucholtz, Sharon Moreau, Margaret Krueger, Suzanne Hartlin and Patricia Kim. Committee members missing from the photo are Brittany Devine and Amy Winterburn.



Peter Emon, the Warden of Renfrew County presented a cheque on September 30th, to Doug Tennant, Chair of the Board of the United Way of over $7,000. The cheque is the proceeds from two County events – the Warden’s Family Day held on August 15th and the Warden’s Annual Golf Tournament held on September 11th.



The Renfrew County Youth Network consists of multiple youth and social service agencies. This summer, RCYN is promoting Photovoice: See the Bigger Picture.

Photovoice is a method that enables youth between 10 and 24 years, to define for themselves and others including policy makers, what is worth remembering and what needs to be changed. – Caroline Wang

Photovoice is a photography project that allows youth to explore and highlight issues around healthy living in their community. It’s a platform for youth to share ideas and advocate for change using photography. Consent forms and instruction guide is available at www.thrive4youth.com.

Goals of Photovoice:

  • To impart a sense of empowerment among youth;
  • To engage youth in taking action;
  • To bring value the knowledge put forth by youth as a vital source of expertise;
  • To identify and prioritize youth concerns and discuss potential solutions;
  • To inform and prioritize future Youth Engagement initiatives;
  • To enable decision makers and stakeholders to perceive healthy living from the viewpoint of youth; and,
  • To stimulate policy and social change around health living in our communities.

Photovoice is organized by the Renfrew County Youth Network (RCYN) and is being promoted in partnership with the Thrive Youth Resource Centre, with financial support from United Way. Visit: www.thrive4youth.com. Thank you for your support.


Renfrew County Safe Shelter for Youth Receives $25,000 from Renfrew County United Way

The Renfrew County Safe Shelter for Youth recently received $25,000 for its initiative to provide a safe and caring environment for youth ages 16 to 21 in need of a safe bed where their immediate basic needs can be met. Columbus House (Pembroke) Inc., Family and Children's Services of Renfrew County, The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, and the Renfrew County United Way formed a collaborative to collectively address the issue of youth homelessness in Renfrew County. "We believe that collective impact approach will produce profound and long-term results" says Arijana Tomicic, Executive Director with Family and Children's Services.  read more here

In the photo are (left to right): Front row - Gail Logan-McMeekin, Executive Director, Renfrew County United Way and Megan Rousselle, Youth Outreach Worker/Safe Shelter for Youth Coordinator, Family and Children's Services of Renfrew County. Back row - Arijana Tomicic, Executive Director, Family and Children's Services of Renfrew County, Greg Lubimiv, Executive Director, The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, and Tina Belanger, Executive Director, Columbus House (Pembroke) Inc.


Robbie Dean Centre opens new clinic in Eaganville
by: Andrew Lafleche, Pembroke Daily Observer

Renfrew County United Way presents cheque to The Robbie Dean Family Councelling Centre at launch of new satellite clinic in Eaganville July 6. From left, Bob French (RDFCC), Monique Yashinskie (RDFCC), Gail Logan-McMeekin (United Way) and Tom Sidney (RDFCC).

EGANVILLE – July 7, 2015: The Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre (RDFCC) celebrated the opening of their new walk-in clinic July 6th. The clinic is located at the West Champlain Family Health Team office at 75 Wallace St., Eganville. It will be open on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m..

“In September of 2014 we had four clinics going,” said Monique Yashinskie, administrator for the RDFCC. “Through the generous support of the United Way we are able to open here in Eganville.”
The United Way contributed $35,000 to the launch of this satellite location.

The RDFCC operates clinics in Petawawa, Pembroke, Renfrew, Arnprior and Eganville, with the intention to have “a clinic open somewhere in the county every day of the week.” “We’re just missing Barry’s Bay,” Yashinskie said.

In March of 2012, the West Champlain Healthy Community Corporation opened the Robbie Dean Centre with the goal of enhancing mental health services in Renfrew County. According to Statistics Canada, compared to other cities in the province, Renfrew County has very poor health statistics with above average rates in obesity, smoking, alcoholism and chronic disease. These factors are considered to be negatively associated with mental health.

Through collaboration with existing agencies, the RDFCC strives to “bridge the gap” in the current mental health system. “The idea is to keep people out of the emergency room,” Yashinskie said. “We don’t do long-term therapy. We help them, and then we navigate the system on their behalf, connecting them with where they need to go.”

By working with the person who is in trouble, teaching them how to deal with their own crisis, and then working with the family, the RDFCC employs a wraparound approach to providing social services and education.

Tom Sidney, the clinics suicide intervention specialist, explained that the clinic serves to make help easily accessible. The clinic is set up for people to drop by, no referrals, no fees, and get the immediate help that they need.

“When an individual in crisis comes through the door,” Sidney said, “we greet them, listen to them and allow them to vent and share their story, breaking it down from there.” Specialists take the crisis and help the individual to envision where they want to be and then work backwards in order to determine where to start. “We do a lot of work with parents trying to understand their teenagers; we do interventions themselves as well as suicide prevention and education.” Sidney said.

The RDFCC has served clients between the ages eight and 72.
The new Eganville clinic is located to be more accessible for those in Golden Lake, Pikwàkanagàn, Killaloe and Barry’s Bay. On their first day open, they served three clients. “Based on start-up locations,” Sydney said, “that’s busy.”

“Today is a huge day for the Robbie Dean Centre,” Monique Yashinskie concluded. The RDFCC is relies solely on the support of the community.


Renfrew County United Way doles out $200,000
Ryan Paulsen / Daily Observer Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Pembroke board of directors accept their $30,000 funding allocation from the Renfrew County United Way ahead of their annual general meeting on Monday, June 8. The club was one of 12 county agencies to get a share of roughly $200,000 in funding from the United Way this year. From left: vice-chairwoman Cheryl Palubiski, director Lynn Lavery, director Mary Cahill, board chairman Bob Walker, United Way executive director Gail Logan-McMeekin, director Cindy Marquardt, secretary Lori Crewe and Boys and Girls Club executive director Rhodina Turner. Missing from the photo are directors Kim Krueger and Jacklyn Stott and treasurer Dan Mellen.

The Renfrew County United Way has begun doling out nearly $200,000 in funding to a smattering of charitable organizations across the county. In years past, funding from the United Way has been passed out on a member-agency basis, but recently the switch was made to a different model, allowing a multitude of agencies and groups to apply for program-specific funding allocations.

This year also sees an increase in funding overall from last.
“We’ve increased our agency investments this year by over $50,000," a recent United Way press release quoted board chairwoman Shelley Rolland-Poruks as saying, "and I want to thank our very generous donors who helped us to exceed our campaign goal for 2014.”

Overall, 12 organizations will be receiving funding from the United Way including the Pembroke Boys & Girls Club.


You’re invited to join the Renfrew County United Way for our Annual General Meeting taking place Monday, June 15, 2015, 5:30pm to 7pm at Carefor (formerly Marguerite Centre), 700 Mackay Street, Pembroke.

The Agenda includes: Election of Directors for 2015/2016, presentation of the 2014 Audited Financial Statements, 2014 Year in Review with remarks by Shelley Rolland-Poruks, Board Chair and Gail Logan-McMeekin, Executive Director, along with two by-law amendments regarding membership and the organization’s fiscal year end.

Admission is free, however, pre-registration is required and light refreshments will be served. Please call:
613-735-0436 or email: samantha@renfrewcountyunitedway.ca 


11 Renfrew County charities to receive over $200,000 for 2015/2016 projects.

Monday, June 1, 2015 – Pembroke, ON – The Renfrew County United Way announced today that 10 charities in the region will receive almost $200,000 to fund health and social services projects and services for 2015/2016.

In addition to regular funding allocations, the United Way has also confirmed that three projects will each receive a $1,000 micro grant from the Community Support Fund, established in 2014.

Board Chair Shelley Rolland-Poruks stated, “We’ve increased our agency investments this year by over $50,000 and I want to thank our very generous donors who helped us to exceed our campaign goal for 2014.”

The charities receiving United Way funds for 2015/2016 are:

  • Arnprior Regional Health - $15,000 for young adult day program
  • Bonnechere Valley Youth Activity Centre - $10,000 for Summer Day Camp
  • Boys & Girls Club of Pembroke - $30,000 for Clubhouse after School Program, Community Supper and new Tennis program
  • Family & Children’s Services - $25,000 to develop Safe Shelter for Youth who are at risk or homeless
  • North Renfrew Family Services - $20,000 for the Successful Relationship Building program
  • Pedal Forward - $1,000 micro grant to support events during 2015 Mental Health Week, May 3rd to 9th
  • Petawawa Military Families Resource Centre - $10,000 for Pre & Post-Natal Nutrition program
  • Petawawa Public Library - $1,000 micro grant for to expand Parent/Teacher Resource materials collection
  • Phoenix Centre for Children & Families - $18,000 for Deep River Inclusion Program to prevent bullying
  • Renfrew County Youth Network (sponsored by Phoenix Centre) - $1,000 micro grant to support Amplify Youth event May 2015
  • Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre - $35,000 for crisis mental health clinics throughout the County
  • Salvation Army Youth Centre - $20,000 for music instructors and instruments and speaker series on youth issues such as addictions, mental health and suicide prevention
  • North Renfrew Family Services in Deep River, will also receive $14,799 in additional funding for 2015, which represents a majority share of the proceeds generated from the Annual Door-to-Door canvass held last fall.

Thank You, United Way Volunteers!
April 12 – 18, 2015, is National Volunteer Week, and we would like to take a moment to pause and thank the volunteers who come together every day to make a lasting difference in communities throughout Renfrew County.

By contributing time, expertise and talent to the United Way, our volunteers are helping to build strong communities and create positive change.  From all of us at the Renfrew County United Way, thank you for all that you do


An evening with SIMON CLARKE – THE BRITISH INVASION.  Former band member of “Freddie and the Dreamers”

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Doors open 6pm; Buffet dinner 6:30pm; Dancing 8pm to 11pm.
Wesley United Church – Fellowship Hall.  275 Pembroke Street East – Pembroke
Door Prizes Available!  find out more


Message for Regional Service Providers to share with their stakeholders
February 11 is 211 Day across North America where 211’s raise awareness of the service and its benefits to residents. 211 will be sharing content for the entire week from Wednesday, February 11 to Tuesday, February 17.

This year we have focused 211 messages on ‘Make the Right Call’ after work with both the OPP and Paramedics in Ontario have encouraged this messaging to reduce non-emergency calls to 911.

What Ontario 211 is doing

  • Created a media release template for United Ways, Municipalities, Municipalities with 311 service and Emergency Responders (Fire/Police/Paramedics)
  • Creating a short video highlighting ‘Make the Right Call’. Video will be ready by 211 Day.
  • Creating social media content for Twitter and Facebook
  • Asking partners with 211 Regional Service Providers to share media release and social media messages

What 211 is asking our Partners to do

Why is the message ‘Make the Right Call’
Partnerships with several police services, the OPP and paramedics in Ontario have shared this message previously from 211 with great success on social media. Educating residents about the N11 numbers available can help ensure they get the right help and reduce inappropriate calls to 911.


United Way exceeds 2014 Campaign $400,000 goal!
(Right) Renfrew County United Way Executive Director Gail Logan-McMeekin presents Renfrew County Warden Peter Emon and the 2014 Honorary Campaign Chair with a certificate of appreciation for his efforts with the fundraising campaign. Emon was acknowledged at the Touchdown event Wednesday at the Renfrew Bonnechere Manor, where it was announced the campaign exceeded its $400,000 goal. by: SARAH HYATT/DAILY OBSERVER


Renfrew County residents and businesses are encouraged to send in their donations by December 31st

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014, Pembroke, ON – The Renfrew County United Way announced today that the 2014 Campaign Goal of $400,000 has almost been achieved. 2014 is the first time in several years United Way has not had to extend the campaign deadline. The 2014 Campaign launched on September 17th and concludes today.

As of today, individual donations, pledges received, event proceeds and forecasted revenues from workplace campaigns, total approximately $386,500. “We’re so pleased with this year’s campaign and we’re confident the balance of approximately $13,500 will be achieved in the next few weeks,” says Shelley Rolland-Poruks, United Way Board Chair. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to congratulate all of the volunteer workplace campaign co-ordinators who worked so hard this fall to exceed their goals,” she adds.

Canadian Nuclear Laboratory (CNL) employees continued their outstanding track record of United Way support through their annual workplace campaign that exceeded their goal of $125K by raising $141,750. In addition, Garrison Petawawa personnel exceeded their goal of $50K by raising $60,406. A number of other workplaces including Algonquin College, KI Pembroke and Defence Construction Canada exceeded their campaign goals as well.

“United Way is very proud and grateful to the hundreds of people throughout Renfrew County who have contributed this year,” says Gail Logan-McMeekin, United Way Executive Director. “I hope their generosity and spirit will inspire other area businesses, their employees and individual residents to make a donation before the end of the year that will help us to help others less fortunate in our region,” Logan adds.


Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Cheque Presentation
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced yesterday that charitable contributions through their company-wide United Way campaign totalled $141,757 - exceeding their goal of $125,000. This outstanding result places CNL once again as the single largest campaign fundraiser for the Renfrew County United Way (RCUW). The partnership grows stronger each year, with Chalk River Laboratories raising over one million dollars in the last 15 years.

“I’m extremely proud of the accomplishments made during this year’s 2014 CNL United Way campaigns. This year our Chalk River employees raised the bar and not only exceeded our goal of raising $125,000, but we also increased the number of donors. What an incredible team we have here at CNL,” said Dr. Bob Walker, CNL President and Chief Executive Officer.

United Way Executive Director Gail Logan-McMeekin congratulated the CNL team for their outstanding results and advised that without CNL’s generosity, there wouldn’t be a United Way campaign in Renfrew County.

Dr. Bob Walker, CNL President and CEO and Nicole LeBlanc, CNL Campaign Chair, proudly present Gail Logan-McMeekin, RCUW Executive Director and Shelley Rolland-Poruks, Chair of the RCUW Board.



The United Way’s largest workplace campaign kicked-off on Monday, November 17th and Katie Maclelland, the face of the 2014 fundraising campaign was on hand to greet employees at CNL – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories at Chalk River. Katie, CNl President & CEO Dr. Bob Walker and senior staff, along with United Way Board Chair Shelley Rolland-Poruks and Executive Director Gail Logan, were handing out pledge forms and encouraging workers to make a donation to the Renfrew County United Way. Any employee that makes a donation through payroll deduction this week, will be eligible to win an IPad Air. As of 8am on Monday, CNL employees had already donated $47,000 towards their campaign goal of $125,000. Many thanks to the team at CNL – you make a difference every day in the lives of people like Katie and hundreds of other in Renfrew County!


Algonquin College Makes Donation to Renfrew County United Way
Algonquin College organized a number of United Way fundraising events again this year. Some of the activities included a spaghetti dinner, a pie sale, a book sale, a bake sale and a new and unique event this year--a male-staff organized "Men's Tea Party". Students, faculty and staff who participated in the various events contributed $6,112.02, surpassing their $5,000 goal for the local United Way effort.

Gail Logan, Renfrew County United Way Executive Director, was presented with a cheque by three members of Algonquin's United Way fundraising team.

Pictured from the left are Algonquin committee members: Jodi Bucholtz, Suzanne Hartlin, and Algonquin committee chair, Marie Mask. Other committee members missing from the photo are Jenny Hodgson, Christie Moore and Erin Morris. Special thanks to committee helpers Jandark Kassar, Margaret Krueger, Suzanne Mohns, Connie Poupore and to the many Algonquin staff members who donated to the events.


RBC Foundation Cheque Presentation

United Way 2014 Honorary Campaign Chair, Peter Emon – Warden of Renfrew County and United Way Executive Director Gail Logan-McMeekin accepted a cheque in the amount of $5,000.00 from the RBC Foundation on October 28th.

The cheque was be presented by Glen Kelsey, Regional Vice-President for RBC, Pam Etmanskie, Branch Manager for Pembroke and Petawawa and other RBC associates at the main branch located in downtown Pembroke.


Attention: All health and social service charities in Renfrew County

The United Way invites interested and qualified charities located in Renfrew County to submit proposals for funding support in 2015. In addition, during 2014, the United Way established a new “Community Investment Fund” that provides one-time funding for up to $1,000 per project.  read more


Renfrew County Selected for Healthy Kids Community Challenge Funding
Four Years of Funding to Promote Healthy Living to Children and Youth in Our County

Renfrew County will be participating in The Healthy Kids Community Challenge delivering local programs and activities that will support children and youth to be more active and healthy.

Over the next four years, Renfrew County and 44 other selected communities will receive resources from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care including funding, training, guidance and social marketing tools to help promote healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices for children and youth like adequate sleep.

This new program is a key part of Ontario's Healthy Kids Strategy. The strategy is a cross-government initiative launched to promote children's health focusing on: healthy start, healthy food, and healthy active communities.

Chair of Social Services Committee, County of Renfrew, Reeve Donald Rathwell had this to share, “This funding will make a direct and long-lasting impact on the health and well-being of children and youth in our communities. I look forward to working with all our partners to make positive change happen.”

“Obesity and being overweight are common disorders affecting about 25% of youth aged 12-17 years in Ontario. In Renfrew County and District, this rate is even higher at 35%. Through the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Renfrew County and District Health Unit will continue to work with our community partners to promote healthy living with a goal of improving behaviors such as healthy eating and physical activity among children and youth living in Renfrew County.”, said, Dr. Maureen Carew, Officer of Health, Renfrew County Health Unit.

County of Renfrew Warden Peter Emon echoed these comments with, “The Healthy Kids Community Challenge funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care allows vital programming and education to reach out into or communities. This funding ensures that babies get the best start in life, it helps families make informed and healthier food choices, and it brings focus on physical activity and the importance of good rest for children and youth.“

The application for funding was submitted in March by the key partner organizations comprised of the County of Renfrew, Renfrew County and District Health Unit, and the City of Pembroke. The funding of 1.1 million dollars divided over four years will have a county wide positive effect on the lives of children and youth.

If you would like more information, please contact:

Judy Mulvihill Manager Child Care Services, County of Renfrew 613-732-4100
Michael Barber Media Relations/Grants Coordinator, County of Renfrew 613-735-7288


County’s 2014 United Way campaign under way this month
Sunday, September 21st, 10 am - 3 pm

Donations to the SPCA appreciated Petawawa Civic Centre Renfrew County Warden Peter Emon will serve as honourary chair of the 2014 Renfrew County United Way campaign. At a ‘soft’ campaign launch Aug. 27 — the real campaign kickoff is on Sept. 17 at Renfrew’s Bonnechere Manor — By Bruce Peever Petawawa Post Emon was introduced as the honouring chair for the campaign running Sept. 15 to Dec. 18. The barbecue location was embroke’s Waterfront Riverwalk Amphitheatre, with Giant Tiger donating refreshments.  read more



Charity Tournament Raises $5100 for the Renfrew County United Way
PEMBROKE, ON: Last Friday amidst a mix of sun, brief showers and whole lot of smiles, 129 enthusiastic golfers set out to drive home the importance of giving back. The 10th Annual Warden’s Cup Invitational Golf Tournament was hosted this year by County of Renfrew Warden Peter Emon at the beautiful Renfrew Golf Club in Horton Township. The best ball format shotgun start tournament saw teams from across the county and beyond turn out for 18 holes of golf, dinner, prizes and presentations.

“I want to take an opportunity to thank each participant and every sponsor for their generosity and support with making the 10th Annual Tournament such a success. The United Way has the ability to help all age groups, and all of our communities. They need our support to assist, our neighbors, our families and our community. Fundraising events like this tournament are a real testament to the giving nature of our residents;” said County of Renfrew Warden, Peter Emon. With a glad smile Warden Emon presented Renfrew County United Way Executive Director, Gail Logan and Chair of the Renfrew County United Way, Shelley Rolland-Poruks with a cheque in the amount of $5100.

With a team score of just 60 strokes the Horton Township team hoisted the Warden’s Cup in victory in front of an applauding crowd in the clubhouse. Mayor of Horton Township, Don Eady shared this, “We had a very fun filled day. We are very pleased and honoured that our Horton team could do the "Hometown" proud with the win this year. Many thanks to Warden Emon for choosing the Renfrew Golf Club to host the 2014 tournament.” The winning didn’t stop there for the Horton team, as Mayor Eady’s teammate Richard Barr brought home the Men’s Longest Drive prize for his 350 yard tee shot.

The Warden’s Invitational Golf Tournament has raised approximately $40,000 over the past ten years for various charities within Renfrew County.



The Renfrew County United Way is gearing up for its 2014 campaign.

On Wednesday, executive director for the Gail Logan alongside staff and volunteers for the not-for-profit organization hit Pembroke’s Waterfront to spread the word, with their annual 2014 campaign community barbecue.

“This is sort of a soft launch for our campaign,” Logan said. “Mostly we just wanted to let people know we’re gearing up for the 2014 campaign and visit with the community, the fiddlers next door, that sort of thing,” she said.

Giant Tiger’s Lou Hammill generously sponsored the event to lend a hand to the charitable organization.

“Lou’s always been so wonderfully supportive of us,” Logan added, with her thanks.

The RCUW’s campaign officially kicks off this Sept. 15 and runs until Dec. 18.

The goal this year is to raise $400 thousand, the executive director said, to help community agencies.

Last year, the RCUW’s campaign helped more than 14 community agencies help seniors, youth at risk, those struggling with mental illness, as well as helped other organizations to offer health and fitness programs, Logan explained. “And in helping those organizations, we’re really helping our neighbours, our friends, our family,” the director went on to say.

That’s why the RCUW’s campaign is so important, Logan added. “You never know when you will be in need or someone you care about will be in need,” she said.

Goals, plans and events like the bus pull and engineer at the top, for this year’s campaign are to be discussed further on Sept. 17 at the RCUW’s campaign breakfast in Renfrew. It’ll be a continental breakfast hosted by Tim Hortons, Logan said.

The breakfast kicks off at 8 a.m. and runs until 9:30 a.m. at the Bonnechere Manor in Renfrew, located at 470 Albert St.

Honorary campaign chairman Peter Emon, who was announced as this year’s honorary chairman at the community barbecue Wednesday will be at the breakfast, as well as a many others, Logan added.

“We’re proud to work with so many dedicated volunteers and so many community agencies,” Logan said.

SOURCE: Sarah Hyatt is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.



Warden Peter Emon, County of Renfrew…..

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Pembroke, ON – Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – The Renfrew County United Way is very pleased to announce that Peter Emon, Warden for Renfrew County is the organization’s 2014 Honorary Campaign Chair.

Board Chair Shelley Rolland-Poruks believes Warden Emon’s deep understanding and personal experience as a Community Mental Health Crisis Worker will be a tremendous asset to the United Way this year.

The 2014 Campaign will officially launch at a Kick-Off Breakfast event to be held on Wednesday, September 17th in Renfrew Rotary Hall at the Bonnechere Manor in Renfrew, from 8 to 9:30am. In addition, the United Way has set a fundraising goal of $400,000 for this year’s campaign.

Warden Emon says “United Way has the ability to help all age groups, and all of our communities. They need our support to assist, our neighbors, our families and our community. Let's get behind the Renfrew County United Way and help make our community a better place for everyone, Emon adds."

The RCUW provides funding for a number of health and social service agencies throughout Renfrew County and works with stakeholders to build the capacity of communities served. For a list of organizations who have received funding in 2014, please click here


2014 / 2015 Board of Directors
Read the 2013 Audited Financial Statements and Annual Report


Members of the board of North Renfrew Family Services received a cheque presentation on July 8 from the Renfrew County United Way. The cheque for $34,756 represents $20,000 for NRFS’s “Successful Relationship Building Program through Counselling” and the balance of $14,756 represents 80% of the proceeds of the annual Deep River door-to-door canvass conducted as part of the United Way’s annual campaign in the fall of 2013. Gail Logan, executive director of the Renfrew County United Way, said the funding will continue to provide much-needed services for residents and she’s very pleased to see the continued community support for NRFS. From left to right in the photo are, Al Rose (board), Kelly Hawley (executive director), Caroline Waddington (board chair), Claire Watts (board), Gail Logan (RCUW), Stephanie Gesner (counsellor), and Fred Adams (board).


2013 RCUW Audited Financial Statements

The Board of Directors approved the 2013 Audited Financial Statements at its March Board meeting. The statements were presented by Treasurer Barb Borutskie at the United Way’s AGM held on April 30th.  The annual audit was conducted by Dean Sinclair Chartered Accountants and the Treasurer was pleased to report that the Auditors had advised the United Way had a very clean audit.  See more


2014 Warden’s 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament

All proceeds from the 2014 Warden’s 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament will be donated to the Renfrew County United Way. The Best Ball tournament takes place on Friday, September 5th at the Renfrew Golf Club with a shot-gun start at 1pm. See more



The Renfrew County United Way received the first donation to its 2014 campaign. $480 was presented at the United Way’s AGM held on April 30th, which represents proceeds from an Employee Denim Day held at the County of Renfrew offices.

The County also shared other exciting news at the meeting; the Warden’s Annual Golf Tournament being held in September, will be the charity of choice for 2014. Thank you Warden Peter Emon and the County of Renfrew for your generous support of United Way!  read more

Photo: Shelley Rolland-Poruks, RCUW Board Chair; Mike Barber, County of Renfrew Media Relations/Grants Co-ordinator; and Gail Logan, RCUW Executive Director



Ontario Renovates Accepting New Applications for County of Renfrew Residents To Access Funding For Home Repairs

Pembroke, ON   April 22, 2014: The County of Renfrew, in partnership with the Province of Ontario, is pleased to announce Ontario Renovates will be accepting new applications effective Tuesday April 22, 2014 for funding to assist seniors and disabled individuals to access funding for upgrades to their homes to enhance their quality of life. Ontario Renovates is a program that provides financial assistance to homeowners by way of a forgivable loan to repair their home to acceptable standards while improving the energy efficiency and/or increasing accessibility of their unit.  read more