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When you give to the United Way, your gift will be invested where it has the most impact.


People were helped locally, right here in KFL&A.

Impact Stories

The United Way invests in programs that have a wide range of impact. These programs support thousands of local residents, helping them when they need it the most. Here are just some of the people your donations have helped.

Youth Homelessness

Brian's Story

Brian has lived in poverty his entire life. As a young boy, Brian had to struggle to survive, living in unsafe environments, not being able to properly feed himself every day.

Living in poverty affects you, especially at a young age. Brian lived in a very unstable environment with his mother, which in turn, led him to befriend people who were there to bring him down. He started doing drugs as a teenager and drinking excessively. At the age of 16, Brian was homeless, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and had quit school.

He came across a program that was suggested to him by a friend. Youth Services Program at Home Base Housing helps homeless and troubled youth turn their lives around. Brian was accepted into the program. He has been clean off drugs and alcohol for 4 years, lives in his own place, and started working full time. Without the help and funding from the United Way to support his transition through Home Base Housing and into his newly formed life, Brian believes that he would never have been able to achieve these successes.


All That Kids Can Be

Sadie's Story

In the summer of 2011, after going through countless medical tests that no 10 year old should ever have to endure, I had the unfortunate luck of being diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy.

For me and my family everything changed. The first thing we did was tap into a United Way Member Agency. I am a direct result of your dollars at work, I am a direct result of the impact the United Way has on this community. Strong people stand up for themselves but the strongest people stand up for others. I am asking you to stand up for the United Way, stand up for those who can’t, stand up for me.

If you need to put a face to your United Way dollar I AM IT!


Living without hearing

Sam's Story

The Canadian Hearing Society supports deaf people. As a deaf person, they’ve supported me in many ways, one of which is getting support for my mental health needs. Also for getting me technical devices that I may need like an alarm clock, hearing aid batteries.

I have lots of problems, and the Canadian Hearing Society has just made it possible for me to feel much better. To feel great as a per­son but also as a deaf person. I am now proud of who I am as a deaf person. Getting counseling with a person who is not deaf and who doesn’t use sign language is very difficult, but here, I can receive counseling through a person who is either deaf or understands deaf people.

I say thank you because this helps us in a way that I can’t even com­pletely explain. They help us to access services, to break down bar­riers. That’s really helpful because it makes us feel better as people. We no longer see the barriers as a problem but as something that can be brought down and that gives us more confidence that we can do things. It’s not a situation where we can’t, it’s a situation where we can.


We’re in This Together

United Way raises funds and finds resources to meet immediate needs through funded programs and to address root causes of issues that impact all of us. We recognize that we, as a community, continue to face complex social challenges.

Mike Ryan


Correctional Service Canada

Jody DiRocco

Past Chair

Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board

Daren Dougall

Vice Chair

Ministry of Children & Youth Services, Youth Justice Service

Matt Van Nest



Richard Allen


County of Frontenac

Peter Clarke


Federal Government Retiree

Fred Godbille


E.I DuPont Canada

Joan Jardin


Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, Limestone District 27

Patrick Legresley


Smith School of Business, Queen’s University

Pat Murphy


Secura Financial

Leanne O'Mara


Agnew Food Services

Stephen Peck


Rogers Radio Kingston

Allen Prowse


Palmer & Associates

Michelle Wilson

Finance Sector

TD Bank Group

Bhavana Varma

President & CEO

United Way KFLA,
ex-office Director

Bhavana Varma

President & CEO

613-542-2674 ext. 1101
Cell: 613-929-4828

John DiPaolo

Vice President Operations

613-542-2674 ext. 1102
Cell: 613-329-9171

Marg Kubalak

Director, Community Investment

613-542-2674 ext. 1503
Cell: 613-539-6537

Kim Hockey

Director, Community Initiatives

613-542-2674 ext. 1501
Cell: 613-929-4829

Mary Bathurst-Pond

Program Associate

613-542-2674 ext. 1504

Jana Clark

Finance and Facilities Manager

613-542-2674 ext. 1202
Cell: 613-583-9644

Mel Côté

Manager, Community Investment

613-542-2674 ext. 1504

Cynthia Delahaye

Resource Development Associate

613-542-2674 ext. 1405

Shari Doherty

Resource Development Officer - Workplace Giving

613-542-2674 ext 1402
Cell: 613-539-6095

Sam Hirons

Resource Development Associate

613-542-2674 ext. 1412

Trina Jones

Administrative Associate

613-542-2674 ext. 1201

Olga Karavai

Database Specialist

613-542-2674 ext. 1203

Gillian Moren

Communications and Design Associate


Mandy Pasch

Marketing Content Associate

613-542-2674 ext. 1204

Jeremy Robins

Director, Labour Community Services

613-542-2674 ext. 1105

Malaya Sagada

Database Assistant

613-542-2674 ext. 1207

Catherine Taylor

Office Manager

613-542-2674 ext. 1206

Fred Godbille

Campaign Chair

E.I DuPont Canada

Pat Murphy

Past Campaign Chair | Leaders of the Way Co-Chair

Secura Financial Group

Shawn Armstrong

Government Leadership Chair

Kingston Fire & Rescue

Elizabeth Bardon

Health Care and Agencies Chair

Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Ryan Boehme

Municipal Government Division Chair

Utilities Kingston

Rejean Bruneau

Labour Liaison

Kingston & District Labour Council

Nancy Bradshaw


Postmedia Network Inc.

Chris Doucet



Daren Dougall

Provincial Government Division

Ministry of Children & Youth Services, Youth Justice Services

Bill Durnford

Chair, Business Development

Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre

Col. K.A Gallinger


CFB Kingston

Scott Harris


Correctional Service Canada

Prof. Thomas J. Harris

Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

Queen’s University

Desiree Kennedy

Women United

City of Kingston

Sergiy Kolosov

Provincial Government Division

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Bill Leggett

Leaders Of The Way

Queen’s University (Retired)

Dennis McAllister



Antje McNeely


Deputy Chief, Kingston Police

Gillian Moren

Next Gen Co-Chair

Liza Nelson


Postmedia Network Inc

Dr. Jim Parker

Retiree Task Force Chair

Parsons (Retired)

Mitch Purcell

Next Gen Co-Chair


Debra Rantz


Limestone District School Board

Gillian Sadinsky

Leaders Of The Way Co-Chair | Women United

In-House Yoga

Don Seymour

Healthcare & Agencies Sector Chair

John Sheridan

Major Individual Gifts

Retired CEO Ballard Power Systems & Corporate Director

Marc Varin

Tech United


Michelle Wilson

Finance Sector

TD Bank Group

United Way makes 100 top-rated charities list

United Way of KFL&A ranked by as a top 100 Canadian charity

The 2019 Charity 100

For nine years, MoneySense‘s Charity 100 has been helping Canadians make informed choices about their donations.

MoneySense reported that the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington has made it to the 100 top-rated charities list for 2019, based on two major criteria: financial efficiency and transparency.

Financial efficiency (charity and fundraising efficiency, need for funding and level of CEO/executive director salary) accounts for 60 per cent of the scoring. Charity transparency (availability of financial statements, transparency in social results reporting) accounts for 40 per cent of the final score. Charities included in the list must also raise at least $2 million in annual revenue.

“This is a tribute to the hard work of the United Way board of directors, campaign cabinet, staff and thousands of volunteers and donors. It is well-deserved recognition of this United Way’s commitment to being transparent and accountable”, said Bhavana Varma, President & CEO, United Way of KFL&A.

The United Way KFL&A has been recognized for accountability and transparency in financial reporting for a few years, having won the Voluntary Sector Reporting Award (VSRA) three years and having received the status of ‘Exemplar’ in 2017. Charity Intelligence Canada has recognized the United Way KFL&A for accountability and transparency in financial reporting with a 4-star rating for a number of years.

More information about the process and scoring can be found here:

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