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As current Vice-Chair of our board of directors, Helen Murray plays an integral role in ensuring that United Way of York Region (UWYR) carries out its mission of improving lives and strengthening the neighbourhoods across our community. Providing vision, leadership and accountability, Ms. Murray is dedicated to helping UWYR continue to create a positive impact in York. As such, this June she will step into a new role, serving as Chair of the board.
“Volunteering for United Way of York Region’s Board of Directors provides me with the opportunity to make a difference in my community,” Helen begins. “With the rapid growth in the region, there is tremendous pressure on our social services sector. Our community and member agencies depend on United Way funding; therefore it is important now more than ever for us to stay focused on meeting the growing needs and overcoming the challenges our region faces.”
As a marketing and communications professional for over 40 years, Helen has actively served on the board of directors for United Way York Region since 2005, serving as Vice-Chair for the past two years. During her seven year tenure at UWYR, she has assisted with marketing initiatives and served on the Campaign Cabinet and Community Investment Committee. Working within these diverse areas has undoubtedly prepared her to take on the duties as Chair.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in all aspects of the board,” Ms. Murray adds. “Working closely with United Way staff to manage the fund distribution process and visiting member agencies during my term as chair of the Community Investment Committee has been invaluable in helping me to understand the needs and issues in York and witness the incredible work being done by United Way York Region and its member organizations.”
To ensure a smooth transition into her new role, Helen has been working closely with Charles Beer (outgoing Chair) and Mark Foerster (previous Chair). As Ms. Murray states, “Charles and Mark have built a solid platform of board leadership. I welcome the opportunity to continue the tone and pace that they have already successfully established. I will continue this work alongside 19 other committed board members and over 2,000 volunteers across our region, who without hesitation, roll up their sleeves to help raise money, review agencies and support our member agencies. And it is truly inspiring to see so many people from various communities, businesses, and labour mobilize to build a better life for all across the region.”