United Way of Thunder Bay is a local organization that focuses collective efforts on issues of poverty in our community. We do this in many ways, including inspiring individuals and businesses to get involved, supporting community initiatives that tackle the root causes of poverty and its impacts on local people, working with partners to find new solutions, and by investing resources where and when they are needed most.

We believe that everyone has an important role to play in improving lives and building a strong community.  Our work ensures that every citizen, business and organization has the opportunity to contribute in a way that is meaningful to them.  We truly appreciate your choice to give, volunteer or get involved in the United Way of Thunder Bay.


To improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.


A community where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.


  • Demonstrate trust, integrity, transparency, inclusivity, and respect
  • Energize and inspire volunteerism and volunteer leadership
  • Endorse innovation, partnerships, and collective action
  • Provide non-partisan leadership
  • Embrace diversity

Land Acknowledgment Statement

United Way of Thunder Bay acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Ojibway people of Fort William First Nation, signatory to the 1850 Robinson-Superior Treaty. We acknowledge all of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples who currently reside in this territory. The United Way of Thunder Bay is committed to a relationship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples based on the principles of mutual trust, respect, reciprocity, and collaboration in the spirit of reconciliation.

Community Impact Report

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2021 Audited Financial Statements

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Board of Directors

The United Way of Thunder Bay Board of Directors is a diverse group of community leaders and key decision makers who provide vision, strategic leadership, advocacy, accountability, and stewardship to the organization.

  • Kelly Gallagher

  • Aaron Leblanc

  • Ann Paterson

  • Harold Lindstrom

  • Colleen Peters

  • Jeannine Verdenik

  • Dan Campbell

  • Ravi Gokani

  • Lee-Ann Chevrette

  • Marilyn Junnila

  • Kandace Belanger

Our Team

  • Albert Brule



    (807) 626-1758

  • Donna Sentes

    (807) 626-1755

  • Carole Williams

    (807) 626-1756

  • Robyn Rempel

    (807) 626-1753

  • Cassandra Woodbeck


  • Alyssa Ryan


  • Patti Defeo

    (807) 626-1766

  • Marcus Merenda

    623-6420 ext.101767

Leaders of the Way Committee

Our Committee Members are a group of dedicated individuals who lead the organization efforts in retaining and growing membership in the Leaders of the Way Program (individual gifts of $1,200 and above annually) by adding new members, increasing giving levels among current members and informing members and prospects on the impact of United Way.

If you would like more information on the Leaders of the Way Program, contact Carole Williams at cwilliams@uwaytbay.ca or 807-626-1756

  • Elly Tose

  • Andrew Siren

  • Robin Smith

  • Dane Hatton

  • Rosy Brizi

GenNext Cabinet

The GenNext movement is a unique opportunity that promotes a new and exciting way for the next generation of leaders to bring about change right here in our community, as part of the United Way of Thunder Bay. It’s not only about caring for the community but having fun while doing it!

Become a leader and join our GenNext Cabinet! Please fill out the application below and email it to gennext@uwaytbay.ca

GenNext Cabinet Application 2019

  • Jen Brooks

  • Katelyn Gallagher

  • Katherine Brooks

  • Michael Duncan

  • Amanda Walberg

  • Colleen Peters

  • Sierra Lemonius-Walker