Local United Way hosts community impact celebration

Photo: Representatives from several businesses and groups laugh at the reversed numbers that display how much was raised through the 2008 Mission Possible Campaign. The grand total was: $97,054.00 – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

The local United Way held its annual Campaign and Community Impact Celebration on Wednesday afternoon at the Whole Wheat ‘n’ Honey Cafe.

Chair of the Fort St. John Campaign Cabinet Russ Beerling hosted the ceremonies. He says despite the ailing economy, businesses of Fort St. John remain generous in their donations.

The celebrations kicked off with an awards ceremony to honor businesses and groups who donated to United Way throughout the year.

In an interactive display, it was announced that the 2008 Mission Possible Campaign raised more than 97 thousand dollars alone.

The money will go towards supporting local community programs.

Meanwhile, the United Way of Northern British Columbia announced that it will be partnering with the UNBC to collect socio-demographic information on the area.

Jonsson says this will be important study for the area.

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For more information on the United Way, visit www.pguw.bc.ca

Photo: James Wickstrom hands Lori Ackerman a ‘Thank You’ award. She received it on behalf of the City of Fort St. John. Numerous awards were handed out to honor those that donated throughout the year – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca