Public Servants Celebrate the Launch of the 2012 Government Of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign

Thursday, September 6, 2012
Ottawa, ON

Federal Employees and Retirees Announce $21 Million Goal

This morning at Rideau Hall, hundreds of federal employees and retirees joined Ms. Glenda Yeates, Deputy Minister of Health Canada and the Chair of the 2012 Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC), and His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada to celebrate the launch of this year’s campaign. At the event, Ms. Yeates and the GCWCC cabinet revealed the goal for the National Capital Region is $21 million.

“Federal employees and retirees bring tremendous passion and commitment to this campaign year after year,” said Ms. Glenda Yeates. “Many of us have seen the very real impact our donations have on people's lives. Even though the needs in the community are great, it all starts with helping one person at a time -- just as it starts with raising one pledge at a time.  The effect is cumulative, far-reaching and definitely long-lasting.”

During his speech, His Excellency stressed to public servants and retirees how each one of us can impact a person’s life: “Throughout my mandate, I have been urging people to get involved in the community, to give what they can of their time, talent and treasure. No matter what we give, no matter how we give it, we can all make a difference. I have seen first-hand how public servants are caring and compassionate individuals. Every day, they help to build a smarter, more caring nation, creating policies and helping Canadians in so many ways,” said the Governor General.

Throughout the campaign to help achieve their goal, federal employees and retirees organize a variety of fundraising activities, including golf tournaments, breakfasts, and walk-runs. In addition to raising funds for their community, they also contribute their time by participating in events like Community Action Days — where they volunteer at community service organizations across the National Capital Region.

The 2012 GCWCC kicks off today and concludes with an achievement celebration on Thursday, November 22 at the National Gallery of Canada. Last year, federal employees and retirees helped to improve the lives of people living in communities across the country by raising a total of more than $41 million. More than $23 million of this amount was raised by federal employees and retirees in the National Capital Region.

About the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign
The GCWCC is managed by United Way Ottawa on behalf of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. In the National Capital Region, federal employees have contributed to annual fundraising campaigns since 1945. The campaign is the largest workplace charitable campaign in Canada and benefits United Ways across Canada, Healthpartners and more than 80,000 registered Canadian charities.

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For more information, please contact:

Barry Keegan, Manager Media Relations and Communications
United Way Ottawa
Phone: 613-228-6709; Mobile: 613-294-8128
E-mail: bkeegan@unitedwayottawa.ca
Twitter: @barry_keegan