Bruce Power kicks off United Way Campaign with new Honourary Chair
by Sandy Lindsay

April 5, 2017



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Roberto Alomar draws for prizes
(L) Mike
Rencheck, (R) Francesca Dobbyn, Exec. Dir. of United Way, Rick Lovell, Chair of United Way

Bruce Power has kicked off its annual United Way Campaign with a big goal in sight and a big personality as Honourary Chair, former Blue Jay Roberto Alomar.

Bruce Power President & CEO

Mike Rencheck

Bruce Power's President & CEO, Mike Rencheck said that the company has pledged $1.6 million over the next three years.  "We've had a big push since last fall in asking our suppliers moving into the area to become part of the community.  Part of our business plan is to reach out to those who are less fortunate.  We are very lucky here.  We have great support from the community and, through United Way, we have the opportunity to return that support.  Therefore, as we move through this campaign, we appreciate all our suppliers and all our employees in being generous.  United Way plays a key role in helping to fill the gaps that people fall into sometimes ... elderly with no family, transportation, being able to pay one's energy bills.  This is our opportunity to actually reach out into the community and show our support by touching those who need help through the United Way for those throughout Grey and Bruce counties."

He added that as the future builds at the site, they will be building the future of communities.

Roberto Alomar

Employees line up for an autograph and chance for a photo with Roberto Alomar

Julie McArthur was the first in line for a photo with Roberto Alomar

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The goal for this year is $535,000 and, the campaign that started a few weeks ago, is now at $413,000 with donations from vendors, associations, Bruce Power and employees.  The employees have donated to date $210,000.

"We are very fortunate here at Bruce Power to earn really good wages to take care of our families, said Cathy Sprague of Bruce Power, "but not everyone can do that.  We have the ability to give back to our community and we think that can can exceed our goal."

James Scongack, Vice President of Corporate Communications said that Bruce Power operates a lot of technology that a lot of people don't understand.  "Therefore, people get a glimpse into the organization by the things we do based on our actions.  The United Way makes a difference in people's lives and this campaign reflects the values that we have at Bruce Power and that we bring to our jobs every day.  We never forget our social responsibility that takes us to the next level."

According to Scongack, donating to the United Way rather than directly to organization means that the United Way can leverage all the money that's raised and by bringing partners to the table.  "The United Way has very low overhead and they are very lean," he added, "relying heavily on volunteers.  Every single dollar raised goes almost entirely to people in need.  Here, at the site, all the money raised will go directly to people in need through things like food banks and the utility assistance program.

Nick Lovell, Chair of United Way, said that over 32 agencies will be helped this year and all monies raised stay in Bruce and Grey counties.

Francesca Dobbyn, United Way Executive Director, added that Bruce Power plays a key role in keeping programs going.  "If it weren't for Bruce Power and the employee payroll deduction plan, I don't know where the United Way would be with some programs."

United Way Executive Director Francesca Dobbyn was anxious to get the cheques deposited but no luck at this ATM!

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