Marion Burton Awarded Scholfield Award of Community Distinction

United Way of Peterborough & District today announced the 2018 recipient of the Scholfield Award of Community Distinction. The annual award was established to recognize an individual or organization for their outstanding contribution and ability to mobilize change within the community.

The 2018 recipient was long-time labour activist Marion Burton. There isn’t a day that goes by that Marion isn’t doing multiple tasks for her community, whether it is in her workplace as a member of OPSEU Local 345 at Peterborough Regional Health Centre; as the Councillor for the Otonabee Ward on Otonabee South Monaghan Township Council, or as the President of the Peterborough & District Labour Council, chair of the Peterborough Workers Action Centre and co-chair of the Occupational and Environmental Health Coalition. Marion is also past president, and still member of the Peterborough Legal Centre Board.  Marion is also involved with the Keene United Church and the Keene Lions Club. An avid curler and member of the Stillbrook Riding Stables Precision Drill Team, Marion also manages to find time to walk with her husband Ken and their two dogs, Max and Brandy.

The late Margot Mashall, secretary of labour council stated, “Marion does much of her work collectively. She doesn’t see that this is her work and her work alone. She invites people to join with her to add their voice and skills to the cause.”

Karen Wilson, chair of United Way Peterborough & District Board, echoed, “Marion’s commitment to building community and giving voice to important local issues is an example of the values United Way wished to honour.”

Past award recipients have been Bill Strode, John Martyn, People First, Survivors Abreast, Marie Bongard, and Roy Brady, Stephen Kylie and most recently Faith Dickinson.

For more information contact:

Jim Russell CEO jrussell@uwpeterborough.ca, 705-742-8839

Coats 4 Kids

United Way of Peterborough & District’s Coats for Kids and Grown-Ups Too program strives to ensure that children and their families will be warm during the winter by providing clean, gently-used winter wear to children, youth, and adults in Peterborough City and County.

“We have found there is a greater need for children’s winter jackets and snowpants,” said Lisa Smith, Director of Philanthropic Impact at United Way of Peterborough & District.

This program provides much needed relief to local families as one in six children in Peterborough lives in poverty. Families continue to deal with sharply rising costs of living and simply don’t have the means to purchase clothing to stay warm during the harsh winter months.

Coats for Kids is possible due to the generous support of Peterborough residents, community organizations, and program partners. Since 1986, individuals and families have donated gently worn winter wear which is then cleaned at no cost to the program by local dry cleaning providers. Grainger Cleaners, Kent Cleaners, and Windsor’s Dry Cleaning Centre have been active and committed program partners since the program began 30 years ago.

This year, winter coat collection will take place Monday, April 16 to Saturday, April 21 at the following locations:

Kent Cleaners – 183 Lansdowne St E
Grainger Cleaners – 885 Lansdowne Street W
Windsor’s Cleaners – Parkhill Plaza, at Monaghan Rd
Windsor’s Cleaners – Kawartha Hts Plaza,1600 Lansdowne St
Windsor’s Cleaners – Riverview Plaza, Water St & Marina Blvd

Other community partners such as Global Point Logistics and McWilliams Moving & Storage have ensured that cleaned coats can be stored.

United Way Peterborough & District invests in a network of essential services to help children and families in need, seniors, and individuals struggling with life’s challenges. The Coats for Kids program is just one of many ways United Way works to create opportunities for a better life for everyone.

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For more information contact:
Lisa Smith
Director, Philanthropic Impact
United Way Peterborough & District
(705) 742-8839 ext 29