United Way

Thank You Thames Valley

Throughout our School Board, we see the needs of so many children every day in the work that we do. We see faces of poverty, addiction, neglect and abuse in our classrooms and not one school or community is immune. We also know the difference that the right intervention can make in a child’s life.

When you give to United Way, you make sure our students start school with a full belly, ready to learn. You give vulnerable people and families access to basic needs like food, housing, transportation and recreation close to home. And you tackle big problems like local poverty and youth success at the root, making sure fewer people are vulnerable in the first place.


Director's Message to Thames Valley Staff

United Way Elgin Middlesex and Oxford and its associated programs assist our students in coming to school feeling safe, secure and ready to learn. The Thames Valley District School Board is committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn and thrive, and United Way works in our communities to help us achieve this goal.

Throughout my time at various school boards across Ontario, I have seen first-hand the positive impact the local United Way programs have on students and their families. I am proud to support the United Way campaign at the Thames Valley District School Board.

I encourage you to support the United Way Elgin Middlesex and Oxford in whatever way you can during this year’s campaign. Last year, the Thames Valley DSB family raised more than $356,000! In particular, your generosity helped to provide quality after-school and community based programs for 2,508 young people. I look forward to another successful campaign this school year.  

There are over 70 United Way-funded community agencies that help our students and staff overcome a wide range of challenges. These challenges include poverty, mental health, transition challenges in immigration, child welfare, and safety for men, women and children at risk of violence. United Way also funds services supporting special needs, as well as Indigenous and Francophone services and organizations.

Your contributions of time and creativity in planning events and financial support through payroll deductions have been successful strategies in supporting our school communities. With our 2019 goal of 100% participation across our District, I ask you to be an agent of change. A small donation from each employee will provide substantial and long-lasting opportunities for our students, staff and community members.

Thank you for your time, generosity, and commitment as we work together to support this year’s campaign.


Mark Fisher, Director of Education

Why do we do this? 
United Way makes our community stronger, identifying critical social issues in Elgin, Middlesex, and Oxford Counties and finding solutions that get results. Through a network of social service organizations, United Way funds only the most effective and efficient programs that aim to prevent problems before they start.

The money raised stays in your community. 

These are families within your schools, your neighbours, and the people that share your sidewalks.

Your donation goes to those who need it most.  

Unlike other charities, your donations are disbursed to 85 member agencies, not just one cause.


When you give to United Way, you can specify the district; Elgin/ London-Middlesex or Oxford, and your donation is used within that community. If you do have a particular agency you wish to direct your donation toward, you may specify that on your pledge form as well.

Three Easy Ways to Give

 1. Online Giving

Again this year your school has the opportunity to support your community through online pledging. This tool will replace the need for paper pledge forms increasing efficiency and confidentiality while providing a user friendly experience for the donor.

On Monday, October 7, you will receive an email regarding your pledge. Your email is embedded with your own unique identifier that links you directly to your secure user account. Your financial information will remain confidential. Your United Way Champion will be able to see that you have accessed the tool, to include you in the overall status and/or incentives for your school/office, but will not be able to see any information about your current or past contributions.

Payroll and credit card contributions will be processed automatically. For those choosing to give by cheque, please print your pledge confirmation and submit with your cheque to your United Way Champion. (Cash may not be an option at your location, so ask your site Champion first).


2. Traditional Paper Pledge Form

You may also use a traditional paper pledge form. Simply print and complete the form and give it to your Site Champion (in an envelope) marked ‘United Way and Your Name’.

Roll-Over Giving: Payroll Deduction Only (Pledge Form or Online Giving Tool), when staff contribute through payroll deduction, the per-pay contribution will automatically continue (roll-over) each year. However, donors will have the option to opt out or alter your contribution at the start of each campaign.


3. Events

What a great way to create fun, momentum and team building experiences! We encourage you to get involved in your school/office events for United Way. If you have creative event ideas, please share them with your site Champion.


Please don't hesitate to call United Way Elgin Middlesex or United Way Oxford, with any questions. You may also contact United Way Coordinators, Jason Rake or Jane Marlborough for assistance.

Director's Message to our United Way Champions

THANK YOU for taking on the role of United Way Champion within our schools and departments. It is through your leadership that we can achieve our fundraising goals!

It is critical to recognize that our own students and staff may one day need to call upon a United Way agencies. By supporting this year’s campaign you will help ensure funding is in place to provide that assistance.

We encourage all Thames Valley employees and students to support the United Way Elgin Middlesex and Oxford. There are over 70 United Way-funded community agencies that help our staff and students overcome a wide range of challenges. These challenges include poverty, mental health, transition challenges in immigration, child welfare, and safety for men, women and children at risk of violence. United Way also funds services supporting special needs, as well as indigenous and francophone services and organizations.

With successful system-wide and site-specific events and individual contributions, we are confident that our campaign goal of 100% school and department/site participation. If each employee donates $2, Thames Valley would generate more than $400,000 this year! Payroll deduction information is included in your package. I encourage you to share information and advocate for United Way at your site. Again this year, every employee will have the opportunity to contribute online, or by printing and completing a traditional paper pledge form.

This year’s United Way Campaign Kick-Off is on Monday, October 7, 2019. On that day, I encourage you to dress in red and white and plan an activity for your school.

I’m excited that the popular Stair Climb event is returning this year. Also, the annual United Way football games will become more inclusive and will include multiple sports. Please look for details on the "United in Sport" initiative coming soon.

Ensuring a successful campaign at your site happens with good planning. As a Site Champion, you are integral to the success of the TVDSB United Way Campaign. We could not reach our goal without you! Thank you!


Mark Fisher, Director of Education

Champion Resources

Campaign Poster 1

Campaign Poster 2

2019 Champion's Handbook

2019 Pledge Form

United Way Contacts

Please don't hesitate to call United Way with any questions. Their numbers can be found below.

United Way Elgin Middlesex (includes City of London)
Lydia Poutney
519-438-1723 ext. 343


Anita Miersma, Sponsored Employee, Canada Life
United Way Elgin Middlesex
519-438-1723 ext. 348


United Way Oxford
Amanda Krieger
519-539-3851 ext. 313


Online Giving Tool 
If you have questions regarding your Online Giving Tool, please feel free to reach out to your local United Way staff person listed above, or:
Aness Symons
519-438-1723 ext. 235

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