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I lost my son to suicide. Although this unquestionably was the most horrific event imaginable in my life, a positive twist has evolved through it. I am sure for most it is next to impossible to imagine what good could come from such a tragedy, but as is the case with many people, the catalyst to becoming involved with an organization stems from personal use or that of a family member or friend who has used it. This is true in my case.
I was fortunate to participate in a suicide bereavement support group made possible through United Way funding. This was the beginning of an incredible journey. Since then I have gone from facilitating bereavement groups, to educating the public about mental illness and the connection to suicide, to sharing my story on behalf of the United Way at public presentations and having a great experience as a Sponsored Employee.
It was during this time I really began to learn more about the United Way. I learned that my family and I had benefited from not just one program, but from seven different agencies supported through the local United Way. This spurred me even more to give back to an organization that had been there in our times of need. The more I learned of United Way the more involved I needed to be.
United Way of Thunder Bay is leading the way to a better community by improving the quality of life for all local people. By collaborating with community partners, we are leading the way to addressing social issues in our community and investing in three critical areas: Poverty, Kids and Strong Communities. Donations to the United Way are strategically invested across Thunder Bay to many vital programs and initiatives in these areas, creating a social safety net that works to achieve lasting change for our neighbours, families and friends.© 2017 United Way of Thunder Bay