Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition 2018-02-06T14:47:24+00:00

Volunteers play an integral role in United Way’s work to make our community stronger. Through their involvement, volunteers make immediate and lasting change by improving lives and building a vibrant community for everyone. Uniting community members to make a difference for our neighbors, volunteers see first-hand how United Way Hastings & Prince Edward is helping to improve lives.

The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented for exceptional and steadfast commitment to United Way Hastings & Prince Edward.  Each year, there seems to be a volunteer who stands out, who consistently goes above and beyond, who is always there to help, there to demonstrate in meaningful ways, their commitment; there to lead, by example, and 2016 was no different.

The 2017 winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award is Chris Houlden.

Chris is the Executive Director of COED, an agency funded by United Way HPE that provides a community based day program that promotes independence and inclusion.  She started in that organization 23 years ago.

Chris champions inclusion, integrity, honesty and sincerity.  She values people; those she works with, her volunteers, her staff and Board Members and her family. She also values volunteerism, and while her organization is supported by the voluntary efforts of so many, Chris is also contributing her own time to the efforts of other organizations like United Way.

Every event we hold, whether it is slugging dirty, heavy boxes at Warehouse sales across the region, or dressing in her 1920’s finest for a Bootlegger Bash; selling 50/50 tickets on a Saturday night at the Belleville Sens game, or manning the United Way tent at the Food Truck Festival, Chris is there; she shows up early, she shows up often and she stays late; she brings fellow board members, staff and participants to join her.  And she does it with a smile on her face.

Chris Houlden receiving her Volunteer of the Year award at the 2017 Achievement Breakfast.

Outstanding Commitment Awards

During this year’s celebration a number of organizations were recognized for their outstanding commitment to United Way Hastings & Prince Edward. Through several different methods these workplaces have cultivated a spirit of United Way “ism” whereby giving back and supporting the community has become the standard. Examples of this include encouraging their employees to sit on our Board of Directors, becoming members of our cabinet, working at our events and community sales, donating gifts in kind, hosting events on our behalf and coordinating their own events in support of United Way Hastings & Prince Edward

This philosophy is not something that happens overnight. It takes enormous effort and energy on the part of many individuals to ensure the ongoing success of a workplace campaign when there are so many other priorities within that workplace.
“Outstanding Commitment to United Way Hastings & Prince Edward” Awards were presented in the following categories:

Welcome Aboard

Major Gift of over $5,000 from a business and first time contributor.


  • Settlers Ridge Development Inc.
  • Belleville Senators
  • West City Honda
  • Belshield Corporate Group Ltd.
  • Jenland Properties Ltd.
  • JRB Properties Ltd.

Speakers Bureau Champion

There were 21 speakers bureau members at over 100 presentations. The recipient participated in the most presentations.

Recipient: Debbie Woods from the John Howard Society

Community Champions

United Way HPE event sponsorship equal to or greater than $1000


  • Hannon Systems
  • Investors Group Financial Services
  • McDougall Insurance
  • Peter Smith Chevrolet
  • Tim McKinney Re/Max
  • Quinte Broadcasting Co.
  • Starboard Communications Ltd.

Ambassador Awards

Campaigns had an increase in engagement, held special events in conjunction with canvassing for payroll contributions and exhibited overall enthusiasm and commitment to improved results.


  • Angela Bunnett – Procter & Gamble
  • Angie McConkey – Electrolab Ltd./Safestart
  • Brenda Braund Pittman – Electrolab Ltd./Safestart
  • Cindi Nicholls – Canada Revenue Agency
  • Chris Hepburn – 8-Wing Trenton
  • Karen MacDonald – GH Manufacturing
  • Kim Payeur – City of Belleville
  • Sandra Hall – Avaya
  • Tammy Empey – Procter & Gamble

Largest Employee Contributions

Workplace campaigns with the highest employee contributions by workplace size.

5-100 Employees:

  1. BMO Nesbitt Burns
  2. Pentair
  3. Avaya
  4. Kellogg Canada
  5. Veridian

101-249 Employees:

  1. Canada Revenue Agency
  2. Electrolab Ltd./Safestart
  3. Belleville Police Services
  4. Kennametal Inc.
  5. Domtech Inc.

250+ Employees:

  1. Procter & Gamble
  2. 8 Wing Trenton
  3. City of Belleville
  4. County of Hastings
  5. Quinte Healthcare
  6. McDougall Insurance & Financial

2017 Caring Organizations