OAKVILLE - Oakville Assembly Complex (OAC) has long been an ambassador of change for the United Way as well as strong leaders in the community. Late last year, a group of 10 people from the OAC United Way canvassing team spent 24 hours outside of Gate 12 collecting food and monetary donations. OAC employee Ken Small explained that their “goal is to raise awareness of the daily challenges faced by those less fortunate within our communities.”
OAC’s Tim Batke, Shawna Canton, Peter Douliou, Steven Gardiner, Brian Nikolic, Ken Small, Jan Smith, Mary Steenkist, Sue Teepell and Donna Warren showed tireless effort to organize the event and make it successful. They thank Bob McEntee and Greg Sofia for the garbage cans they painted with the CAW logo and “Oakville Assembly Complex” written on them as a surprise to support the campaign.
The team thanks everyone for the support and generosity from those who delivered sandwiches, pizza, coffee and muffins throughout the day and night to keep them warm and nourished. Will Cowell, plant manager, congratulated the team for their inspirational 24 hour fundraising drive. Cowell delivered a fresh bag of apples and coffee to the team at the end of their 24-hour stint – a much appreciated treat at the end of a long night.
United Way and FoodShare received a cube van full of food as well as $2,150 – an overwhelming donation from OAC employees in just a 24-hour period.
The United Way canvassing team and joint leadership were very grateful for the donations from the entire OAC family.
The support OAC employees had for the United Way throughout 2012, during all the fundraising and campaigning efforts, truly went a long way in helping hundreds of families and individuals in the community.
It was inspirational to see the OAC family rally together for such a wonderful cause. OAC hopes to carry on this inspiration in 2013, coming together once again and helping the community.