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Incoming United Way fundraising campaign chair Cam Clark, right, introduces Bryan Podworny as his vice-chair during the United Way of Brandon and District’s annual general meeting in the CKLQ Hall at the Keystone Centre on Tuesday. (Bruce Bumstead/Brandon Sun)
Cam Clark will take over the fundraising reins for the United Way of Brandon and District.
Clark, who replaces Jaime Pugh-Clemmensen, was revealed as the 2014-15 campaign chair at the organization’s annual general meeting last night at the Keystone Centre.
"It’s very exciting and a little scary because you know that there is a tremendous need in the community, but at the same time when you look at the impact the United Way has made over a number of years you know that it is extremely valuable," he said.
A former broadcaster who is currently the general manager of CKLQ/Star FM radio, Clark spoke to several past chairs before making his decision to take the job.
"(The work) has started already," said Clark, who has also served as Brandon Chamber of Commerce president.
Riding shotgun, Bryan Podworny will assist Clark this year as part of a succession plan that will see him take over in 2015-16.
Podworny, who owns Expressions Entertainment Services, said while there is no financial goal set yet, the tandem plans to surpass last year’s number of 777,777.77.
"There’s all kinds of pressure," Podworny said, "but it’s not nearly the same amount of pressure as the people who rely on the United Way and anything I can do to help, I’m going to do it."
The "7s" campaign only reached its goal after a last-minute, anonymous donor came forward with a $63,777.77 cheque.
"I’m so pleased with all of the hard work that everyone gave to the campaign and the amount of education that we got out this year to the community, which has done some positive things for the United Way," Pugh-Clemmensen said.
The non-for-profit organization funded 23 agencies in Brandon, resulting in 27 programs that ranged from school supplies for children to food for the needy; and coats for kids to vocational training programs.
Cynamon Mychasiw, who has been with the United Way for seven years — serving as the CEO for the last year — said the organization relies on its volunteers and gracious donors to be successful.
"The agencies are the front line of our impact. They’re the ones out there day to day working with the people that are most vulnerable in our city and we help provide funding to those programs so they can concentrate their resources on providing those social services," Mychasiw said.
Jenna MacDonald is United Way’s 2014-15 board chair.
"At the end of the day we want to make Brandon a better place for the people who live here," Mychasiw said. "There is a need out there and we are advocates for social change."
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 26, 2014