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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



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 aoreilly@uwpeterborough.ca 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 7.am. 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 peterboroughyogafestival.com.


For information about United Way, please contact:               

Lisa Smith
United Way Peterborough & District
T: 705-742-8839
E: lsmith@uwpeterborough.ca

For information about The Yoga Festival, please contact

Tiffany Nicholson-Smith
E: peterboroughyogafestival@gmail.com or livingintheself@gmail.com
www.peterboroughyogafestival.com (Bottom of Form)

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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 www.dandelionday.ca


Click here to download pledge forms.

Click here to sign up on the FaceBook event page!


Thanks so much Transition Town!!

The Report Card is In!

March 30, 2017

United Way Peterborough Celebrates an "A" Campaign

United Way Peterborough Celebrates an “A” Campaign

There was a celebratory tone today down at the water’s edge in the Holiday Inn as United Way Staff and volunteers reveled in the success of the 2016, 75th anniversary campaign results.

Close to 100 people were in attendance to share in the celebration. Among those was Eileen Kimmett who shared with the room her particular enjoyment of participating in the Paint the Town Red event. Spending the day trying to eat at as many participating restaurants as possible with her children. She stated “it was fun but filling!” This continued a light hearted competition between her and friend Andy Sawada and his family to see who could get to the most restaurants at this annual event.

Marion Burton President of the Peterborough and District Labour Council, brought greetings from organized labour and reminded people that the United Way is the charity of choice for organized labour across the country.

Gwyneth James the 2016 Campaign Chair was thanked by United Way Board Chair David Fell, who noted,   “Gwyneth’s  desire to serve as Chair this year, while at the same time expanding her own business, is evidence of her belief in Peterborough, in service, and in ensuring that lives are changed for the better.”

Departing from tradition, the United Way revealed a Community Campaign Report Card, which graded different aspects of the campaign. “Volunteer Leadership”, “Community Spirt and Participation”, “Tenacity and Commitment”, all received an ”A”, with “Potential for Growth” being graded at an “A+”.

This year’s 2016 Campaign raised $1.82 million, bringing the cumulative 75 year total to just over $73 million.

There was palpable pause in the room when it was announced that the success of this year’s campaign would result in a 5% increase to all United Way Partner agencies. Jim Russell CEO of the United Way effused, “the success of this “A” campaign, is not just about the grade and that achievement, but it also allows us to meet even more needs in our community, which at the end of the day is what United Way is at its core, all about.”

The 2017 Campaign Chair has been selected and that community announcement will take place later in April.

For more information contact:

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