2020 United Way Spirit Awards

May 19, 2021 / by United Way

United Way Southern Vancouver Island announces this year’s Spirit Award Winners

United Way donors helped raise $6.2 Million in a year like no other

Victoria (May 19, 2021) – Helping one person can create tangible ripples of positive local impact, and the annual United Way Southern Vancouver Island (UWSVI) Spirit Awards are a reminder of how many ripples were created over the past year.

United Way’s annual Spirit Awards recognize the generous nature of workplaces, organizations and individual donors who are proud to call the Greater Victoria area their home. Despite the COVID-19 global pandemic and with it, a significant shift to doing business digitally , UWSVI raised over $6.2 million from individuals, many workplaces, labour, and government.

In 2020, over 200 workplaces ran United Way fundraising campaigns to help out a fellow neighbour, friend, colleague or family member. Over the past year, employees  volunteered their time, participated in events and shared stories about the impact that United Way has in workplaces.

“I have been inspired by how many people stepped up and showed their local love through contributions to the United Way,” said Mark Breslauer, CEO at UWSVI. “This has been a very difficult time for all of us and to see the generosity of  Southern Vancouver Islanders and the tangible and positive impact being made is truly heartwarming.”

 Altogether 14 United Way Spirit Awards are presented, including the most prestigious award, the Spirit Award of Distinction. The award showcases an individual or organization demonstrating leadership through donation or deed. This year’s recipient of the Spirit Award of Distinction is BC Ferries.

Joining the Thanks a Million Club – achieved by exceeding one million dollars in cumulative giving since first starting its workplace campaign – are Royal Roads University and the Capital Regional District.

Taking home the Triple Crown Award – presented to an organization that receives three or more Spirit Awards – is British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI).

“These  organizations and the team members involved are wonderful examples of what can happen when we unite together to support our communities. My sincere thanks. These funds   go a long way towards helping people locally through a variety of challenges especially during this time of immense pressure and stress,” said Breslauer.


 Outstanding Employee Campaign Chair (organization over 100 employees)

  • Megson FitzPatrick – Jennifer Currie

Outstanding Employee Campaign Chair (organization under 100 employees)

  • Intact Insurance – Bonnie Braniff

Outstanding Campaign Committee Spirit Award

  • NTT Data

Leadership Giving Spirit Award

  • The University of Victoria and UVic FA, PEA, CUPE 917, CUPE 951 and CUPE 4163

Outstanding Workplace Campaign

  • British Columbia Investment Management Corporation

Community Impact Spirit Award

  • Seaspan Victoria Shipyards and Ironworkers 97, Ironworkers 643, Boilermakers 191, Carpenters 1598, CSWU 1611, Insulators 118, MoveUP, IUOE 115, Teamsters 213, UniteHere, UA 324 and 170, IBEW 230, 993, 213 and 1003; Millwrights and Machinists 3; SMVIA 276; IUPAT District Council 38.

Community Partner Spirit Award

  • Community Living Victoria and HEU SVI

Labour Partnership Spirit Award

  • BC Transit and Unifor 333, CUPE 4500 and MoveUP

Triple Crown Award

  • British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI)

Vancouver Island Regional Financial Challenge Cup

  • RBC

Municipal Spirit Award

  • City of Langford and CUPE local 50 (RCMP Support Services)

Spirit of Good Citizenship Award

  • Cecilia David, Royal Roads University

Thanks A Million

  • Royal Roads University and CUPE 3886 and RRUFA
  • Capital Regional District and CUPE 1978

Spirit Award of Distinction

  • BC Ferries and BC Ferry & Marine Workers’ Union

For a full list of 2020 Spirit Award Recipients and Nominees, visit: www.uwsvi.ca/2020-spirit-awards

About United Way Southern Vancouver Island

United Way Southern Vancouver Island is a trusted leader, influencer and catalyst for change. United, we accelerate change to improve the lives of our neighbours who need it most, making our local community stronger. We believe everyone in Southern Vancouver Island should have the opportunity to reach their potential. Our priorities are focused on assisting isolated seniors, families in need, and individuals struggling with mental health challenges and/or addictions. Our vision is to build a safe and inclusive community where diversity and belonging connect us. Last fiscal year, United Way raised $6.2 million thanks to over 7,000 donors and 200 workplaces opening their offices to run employee giving programs. Through our community partnerships, over 125,000 people on southern Vancouver Island received support. Show your local love today by making a gift to United Way at www.uwsvi.ca.

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