What is a Campaign Hero?
Each year our UBC Community United Way Committee reviews the past year. We take a look at all the events that take place and the volunteerism involved. From this, we select UBC employees or students that stand out. We call them Campaign Heroes.
A Campaign Hero is someone that is recognized for their contributions and achievements. The Campaign Hero goes above and beyond the call of duty.
An Interview with Guy Champagne
Guy Champagne is the Asbestos Safety Coordinator for Building Operations. Guy has been implementing 50/50 draws within Building Operations for several years. This year he collected over $1,000 for the draw, bringing this year’s winner to joyous tears. Guy made an impact in his colleague’s life and made a difference in our community!
How long have you been involved with the UBC Community United Way Campaign?
I have done three events (50/50 draws) myself 2001, 2002 and 2016. And I also try to support as many events as possible on campus.
Why do you volunteer for this cause?
The funds raised get distributed to many needy organizations.
What is your fondest memory from your involvement with the campaign?
Most enjoyable part is getting to meet people I have not seen in a long time and meeting new ones.
Hopefully will have the time to do more 50/50 draws as they seem to be quite popular within Building Operations as we have many shift workers who otherwise are not able to attend other events on campus.
What is your goal for next year? What would you like to see happen?
I think that small events within department (or buildings) can raise quite a bit of funding without too much effort and resources.
When you give directly to United Way, you are helping people get the food they need. Not only that, you are helping them learn how to find or grow healthy, affordable food and learn about good nutrition. Poverty is a complicated issue – but if you can make sure that people have the basics, then they chance to focus on other things and plan to make a better life for themselves.