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United Way in Kamloops, BC “Inspires Community”
March 5th, 2015

United Way in Kamloops, BC “Inspires Community”

Each year in Kamloops, the United Way brings together the people of the community, stakeholders, caregivers, clients and donors to report on the distribution of the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by the United Way in the region. The event is called Inspiring Community because it is so important for all to see the good that comes from their time, their money and their efforts. To help inspire the community, Frank O’Dea will be the speaker, retelling his remarkable story about his rise from homelessness through the very help of the types of organizations that are funded by the United Way.


United Way is a national movement consisting of a national office in Ottawa and over 100 local United Ways serving communities across Canada. Our mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.

So many people think of United Way as a fundraising organization. But we are so much more than that. We are a beacon for social change. We don’t just scratch the surface of social issues by using band-aid solutions. We inspire people to come together to make a lasting difference in our communities. We dig deeper to identify the underlying root causes of social issues and we work together with community partners to generate long-term, sustainable solutions that positively impact the health and well-being, education and financial stability of all members of our communities. We specialize in bringing together all sectors of a community including individuals, businesses, organizations and government in pursuit of a common goal – to create opportunities for people to live better lives. We monitor and measure the impact of both short and long-term solutions to ensure they are affecting social change that leads to stronger families and more vibrant neighbourhoods.

A speech by Frank O'Dea will be a highlight of your event.


Frank's inspiring story is retold in his best-selling memoir "When All You Have is Hope", available in bookstores and online. Buy a copy for someone who is important to you.

See and hear excerpts of speeches by Frank O'Dea