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United Way of Peel votes in favour of Toronto, York merger
Oct. 26, 2017
Iain Colpitts

The United Way of Peel has voted in favour of a merger with United Way Toronto & York Region on Thursday, Oct. 26.

It was approved by United Way Peel members, who voted 65-1 in favour of the merger.

Antied Sellinga, interim president and CEO of United Way of Peel, told The News that having two groups work as one will help with United Way’s intention and objective of maintaining their investments to their agencies.

“The reason we’re doing this is to scale up our fundraising capacity so we can invest more in our communities and address the gaps we see and the challenges we see in our communities.”

United Ways in Toronto and York combined in 2015 and were able to raise slightly more money working together.

The upcoming merger is expected to come into effect on April 1, 2018.

“This reassurance from community tells us we are moving in the right direction,” stated Thomas Dyck, Chair of the United Way of Peel’s Board of Directors.

“We’ll be able to strengthen our sector's capacity to respond to the issues that our region and its people are facing, and do so in a way that is fiercely local.”

The United Way oversees 53 agencies and 88 programs in Peel Region.