Thank you Peterborough Yoga Fest 2017 !

Yoga Fest 2017

We would like to extend our sincere thanks and to the organizers of the Peterborough Yoga Festival and their volunteers. Their dedication to our community is inspiring and we are so grateful for our partnership! All the dollars raised from the event stay local and help increase community health and wellness.

Stay tuned for an announcement of the dollars raised from the third annual Peterborough Yoga Festival!


Click here for a video of Lisa Smith, UWP giving thanks to YogaFest & our community



Buy a Backpack, Thank a Teacher

Are you considering a teacher’s gift and stuck on how to say thank you for a great school year? Consider giving your child’s teacher the gift of giving back. Purchase a backpack full of school supplies for $15 in support of United Way Peterborough’s Back Pack for Kids program.

The teacher will be given a certificate in their name and in September, this backpack will be given to a student in need to ensure they are ready to learn with a backpack full of school supplies.

Sometimes the best way to show gratitude to someone is to pay it forward.

For more information or to purchase a Backpack, call United Way Peterborough at 705-742-8839 x32 and ask for Stephanie.

Click here to download a donation form



The Shedden Annual Golf Invitational in support of United Way

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United Way Peterborough & District presents: The Shedden Annual Golf Invitational!

Saturday, July 15th at Black Diamond Golf Club.

This inclusive tournament is open to pros and those just dipping their toes into the game.

Registration is $125 per person and includes lunch, dinner, 18 holes, power cart, and a receiptable contribution to United Way. Additional tournament information can be found in the registration form or by visiting their Facebook event page

Please fill out and return  Registration and General Information Fillable Form with payment by June 23rd to or drop off at our office (277 Stewart St. Peterborough).

Looking forward to seeing you July 15th!


3rd Annual Yoga Festival Celebrates Inclusion and Community


PETERBOROUGH, ON – Excitement is building as the 3rd Annual Peterborough Yoga Festival approaches. The Festival is set for Saturday, June 17th at Del Crary Park, alongside Little Lake in downtown Peterborough.  The Festival features a full line up of unique classes.  Attendees can explore and enjoy the day as they feel comfortable. The festivities begin at with a communal sun salutation. Yoga and meditation classes, workshops, a kid’s tent, wellness garden, and expanded yogi market will also be included in the daylong celebration.

“The Peterborough Yoga Festival is a community event for the community.” Says festival co-organizer Tiffany Nicholson-Smith. “It really breaths everything that yoga is in a lived way; community, inclusion, love, connection, and mostly presence and awareness… and all proceeds go back to the community through United Way, earmarked for programs that align with the yoga lifestyle.”

“We are so grateful to the organizers for their continued hard work in ensuring another successful Yoga Festival this year. We are so proud of our partnership” Gushes United Way’s Aimee O’Reilly, committee liaison.

“An inclusive, strong, and healthy Peterborough is one of United Way’s goals.” States 2017 UWP Campaign Chair Neil Morton. “It seems like a great fit to partner together on this event. My only problem is I can’t seem to find anywhere that sells plaid yoga wear!”

Nicholson-Smith stresses the importance of the inclusiveness of the event. “There is absolutely no previous yoga experience required. This is a day for everyone and all are welcome to come and discover Yoga and Meditation in a really down-to-earth, back-to-nature, non-intimidating environment,” she states.

The event doubled in size from the first year to second, with another large increase expected this year. Tickets can be purchased for $20 in advance or at the door for $25 and kids under 16 are free. For information on purchasing tickets or full schedule of events visit


For information about United Way, please contact:               

Lisa Smith
United Way Peterborough & District
T: 705-742-8839

For information about The Yoga Festival, please contact

Tiffany Nicholson-Smith
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Tour de Lion Ride for Fun Health and Community In Support of United Way

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Inaugural Tour de Lion Ride for Fun Health and Community In Support of United Way Declared as Part of Dandelion Day Festival

 The United Way of Peterborough and District announced an exciting new partnership with Transition Town Peterborough this morning.  Sunday May 28th marks the 4th annual Dandelion Day Festival to be held at Millennium Park from 11a.m.-4p.m. This annual celebration focuses on healthy lifestyles and the public is invited to enjoy free live music, face painting, children’s activity wall, and a chance to meet local Health Practitioners and local authors.

Ensuring that the day is fun for kids, The Big Dandee was in attendance at the press conference in all his 7 foot dandelion glory, and will be joined by Razberry the Clown who will be entertaining and face painting at the May 28th celebration.

Jim Russell, CEO of United Way Peterborough and District spoke about the alignment of values shared between the two organizations, “we believe in a healthier community for all, and we are so pleased to be partners is this year’s celebration of the noble dandelion,” stated Russell. The festival will have an added event this year called The Dandelion Day “Tour de Lion” Ride for Fun Health and Community, which includes 3 different routes. All proceeds from pledges collected will be donated directly to United Way to help in their work of building strong inclusive communities.

 Committee members Craig Niziolek, and Andrea Connell outlined the details of the 3 different rides that will take place all ending up at Millennium Park to partake in the festival celebrations:

  • Wild Rock Avid Cyclist 55k Ride – leaving from the Health and Wellness centre
  • PCNM Trent Trail Family Ride 10k – leaving from Trent Athletic Centre
  • Camp Ponacka All Wheels Mini Ride – leaving from foot of Simcoe St. in Millennium Park

Committee member Dave Sumner shared “The Dandelion Day Festival is important to me because it is a chance to showcase our local complementary health practitioners and work on the prevention of illness. The Tour de Lion encourages citizens to be active and together, Dandelion Day & Tour de Lion helps build a sustainable community.”

Details about Dandelion Day Festival and each of the rides can be found at


Click here to download pledge forms.

Click here to sign up on the FaceBook event page!


Thanks so much Transition Town!!

Coats for Kids and Grown-Ups Too


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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.


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, Lakefield Cleaners, and Windsor’s Dry Cleaning Centre have been active and committed program partners since the program began 29 years ago.


This year, winter coat collection will take place Monday, May 8 to Saturday, May 13, at the following locations:

Kent Cleaners – 183 Lansdowne St E

Grainger Cleaners – 885 Lansdowne Street W

LakefieldCleaners – Moody Plaza, Lakefield

Windsor’s Cleaners – Parkhill Plaza, 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.


Click here for a printable flyer to share!

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For more information contact:

Lisa Smith

Director, Philanthropic Impact

United Way Peterborough & District

(705) 742-8839 ext 29

2017 Campaign Chair Announcement

2017 Campaign Chair Announcement

2017 Campaign Chair Announcement

Jim Russell, CEO United Way Peterborough & District announced today at the United Way office on Stewart Street that local social media maverick and entrepreneur, Neil Morton would Chair the 2017 Community Campaign.

Russell made the announcement saying, “Neil’s leadership style, social media expertise, deep roots in the community, and entrepreneurial spirit are widely known and highly valued.”

Neil is the son of David Morton former head of Quaker in Peterborough. Having moved to Peterborough at a young age, Neil developed a profound love for the community. He attended Adam Scott and graduated from Trent with an honours degree in history and English.

He moved to Toronto to study journalism at Ryerson University and for 18 years worked as Magazine/Digital editor for multiple publishing companies before returning to Peterborough with his family, as part of a lifestyle choice.

Mr. Morton is Co-Founder of the digital media company and Co-Founder of the boutique social advertising agency He sits on the board of the Peterborough Chamber, is an expert-in-residence on social media/branding at the Innovation Cluster, and is a Founding Member of the grassroots entrepreneurial organization Startup Peterborough (local chapter of Startup Canada). Morton does regular public speaking on branding, social media, marketing and positivity.  Morton resides in Peterborough with his wife, Christi, and teenage daughters, Avery & Chloe. He loves Peterborough & plaid.

“The Campaign will launch this year on Sept 19th, and I am in the midst of putting the final touches on this year’s Campaign Cabinet. In fact I am happy to announce this morning that Robert Gauvreau has agreed to be vice chair for the campaign. I will be looking to round out the team with eager, Peterborough loving champions!”


For more information, please contact;

Jim Russell, CEO

United Way Peterborough & District

T: 705-742-8839


Faith Dickinson, “Cuddles for Cancer” is 2017 Scholfield Award Recipient!

2017 Scholfield Award Recipient, Faith Dickinson of Cuddles for Cancer with Jim Russell, United Way CEO, Erica Richmond United Way Development Officer, David Fell United Way Board Chair

2017 Scholfield Award Recipient, Faith Dickinson of Cuddles for Cancer with Jim Russell, United Way CEO, Erica Richmond United Way Development Officer, David Fell United Way Board Chair

United Way of Peterborough and District today announced the 2017 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 2017 recipient was 15 year old Faith Dickinson, creator of “Cuddles for Cancer.” In the 4 years since its inception Faith has hand made over 3000 cuddle blankets to help stave off the cold that children who are going through treatment experience. Because, in her own words, “everyone deserves a cuddle!”

Faith has also developed a signature Soldier blanket for men and women serving overseas or returning from service with PTSD. Her blankets are a global phenomenon having comforted Soldiers in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Poland, Iraq, and Ukraine. A reminder to those brave men and women of the respect and love that exists for them back home.

As if these weren’t enough, she partners with other local and international organizations, such as PRHC, Free the Children, the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, Local Legions, Kawartha Foodshare, to give a message of hope and inspiration stating, “You are never too young to make a difference.”

United Way Board Chair David Fell presented Faith the award on behalf of the organization, noting, that it is the first time the award had been presented to someone so young, “Faith is an example to all of us, regardless of age “She reminds us that we all have tremendous capacity to lead and make our communities better.”

In attendance was Faith’s mother Carrie Dickinson, who was beaming with pride at the acknowledgement her daughter was receiving. When asked her thoughts, she humbly said, “As her Mom I feel I am biased.”

Concluding the event, CEO Jim Russell mused, “Faith is the tonic this world needs, a salve to worries, and a harbinger of hope. She lifts spirits, and is a reminder that our deep humanity requires care of the other.”

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


For more information contact:

Jim Russell CEO, 705-742-8839