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Memorial to reinvigorate its United Way campaign

The start of the new academic year in September will mark the rejuvenation of the United Way campaign at Memorial. United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador (UW-NL) was established in 2004 and today co-ordinates all UW efforts in this province. Through partnerships with charities, and the support of corporations and organizations, UW-NL helps to provide services to strengthen individuals, families and communities.

"Without community partners, it would be impossible for United Way to fulfill its mission of improving lives and building great communities," said Tammy Davis, executive director, UW-NL. "With the commitment of individuals and organizations like Memorial University, we can continue to support organizations that provide essential services throughout our province. Community and
volunteer-led campaigns like this are a testament to the spirit of our province, and show we are a giving people who ultimately want our communities to be great for everyone."

Dr. David Wardlaw, provost and vice-president (academic) at Memorial, is chairing a university steering committee of volunteers to spearhead the renewed
United Way drive at Memorial.

"While some students, faculty, staff and retirees provide ongoing support for United Way through payroll deductions and as individual volunteers, the on-campus campaign needs a renewed focus," he said. "The best way to rejuvenate the effort is by reaching out to the passionate volunteers within the Memorial community."

The steering committee is comprised of Dr. Wardlaw; Kent Decker, vice-president (administration and finance); Victoria Collins, executive director, Division of Marketing and Communications; Dr. Penny Blackwood, director, Alumni Affairs and Development; and Dr. Rob Greenwood, executive director, Office of Engagement.

In early September a call will be issued for volunteers to sit on a St. John's campus campaign committee, with the goal of establishing the committee in early fall. More information, as well as an application form, will be posted on

More information about activities at other university locations such as the Marine Institute will be available at a later date.