Syncrude United Way campaign exceeds goal

Amidst the challenges presented by the pandemic, Syncrude’s United Way campaign aimed for a seven-figure goal and exceeded it.

Contributions will continue until Dec. 15, but the goal of $2.02 million has now been reached and exceeded with current contributions totaling $2.125 million.

The raised amount will help the most vulnerable people in Fort McMurray, Edmonton and Calgary. Funds raised include the Syncrude corporate gift, employee-led workplace activities as well as individual pledges.

Syncrude’s United Way committee celebrated the close of the 2020 campaign ‘Local Love, Now more than ever’ on Monday via a virtual event on Zoom.

Campaign chairs Greg Ross and Jonah Donald tuned in from the Fire Hall while co-chair Nicole Rymes acted as the emcee of the event.

Steve Yatauro, Senior Vice President Production delivered opening remarks on behalf of the Executive Leadership Team. Craig Picton, the United Way 2020 Campaign Chair for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo shared a message from the United Way and Bill Chase, Executive Sponsor of the campaign delivered the closing remarks.

We knew going into the campaign that it was going to be a challenging fundraising year.


“But there was no doubt in my mind that in difficult economic times like these, the Syncrude family would persevere and come together to support each other and the community.”

Bill credits the campaign’s success to the Syncrude family’s giving spirit and the hard work of campaign leadership, committee, and volunteers.

Despite challenges caused by the current pandemic, I am very proud of the energy, creativity, and commitment everyone has poured into this year’s campaign. Thank you all for participating and giving your best, and congratulations for raising $2.125 million!

– bill chase

The United Way continues to recruit volunteers and raise funds for its community projects and partner agencies year round. Visit your local United Way website to learn more about how you can participate.

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