FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2021 United Way Campaign Chair Announced
United Way KFL&A gears up for its 80th annual campaign
Kingston, ON (April 14, 2021) – The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington is pleased to announce the appointment of Daren Dougall, Regional Manager, for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services as your 2021 Campaign Chair.
Dougall will build on the great momentum generated by 2020 chair Antje McNeely, Chief of Police for the Kingston Police Force.
“It has been an amazing experience, and an honour and privilege to chair the 2020 United Way campaign,” said Antje McNeely, 2020 Campaign Chair, United Way KFL&A. “I feel good passing the reins on to Daren Dougall. His strong leadership, along with the dedication of our Campaign Cabinet volunteers, is essential to help us continue to support the most vulnerable in our community.”
“I am excited and looking forward to doing what I can to make the 2021 campaign a huge success,” said Dougall. “I believe every person in our community matters. We need to do everything we possibly can to eliminate barriers that our friends, family and neighbours face to achieving health and happiness; United Way works to do just that and I am honoured to be asked to contribute to my community this year as Campaign Chair.”
This year’s campaign will continue to address new challenges as the community works together to find innovative ways to support those most impacted by the pandemic. United Way KFL&A’s 2021 Campaign Cabinet is hard at work planning and anticipating changes that will need to be made to the typical campaign structure.
This year’s campaign will continue with the theme of ‘Local Love’ and how this local love can be seen in action and in response as our community continues to adapt to the current circumstances.
The 80th annual United Way KFL&A Campaign will kick off on Friday, September 10, 2021. Stay tuned for more details.
About United Way of KFL&A
United Way works with individuals, organizations and key partners in KFL&A to build and strengthen the community bringing people and resources together to facilitate change. Our vision is a future where people are self-sufficient in a community, where individuals live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging. Visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca for more information.
Mandy Pasch, Manager, Marketing and Communications
United Way KFL&A
Daren Dougall, Regional Manager, for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
Daren Dougall is the Regional Manager at the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services supporting child welfare and residential services across the East Region. Previously, Daren worked as Program Supervisor from 2015 to 2019 at the Ministry of Children and Youth Services supporting youth justice services. He was also Executive Director for Youth Diversion Program in Kingston where he supported young people to overcome the challenges of adolescence for 31 years.
Daren is also an educator, working as a sessional Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University supporting new teachers to develop the skills to support at risk youth to succeed in their classrooms and at St. Lawrence College. He has worked as a guest lecturer at the Ontario Police College, helping to redesign the youth crime course and helping police officers to understand how they can support young people while holding them accountable in meaningful ways and was a consultant to the Limestone District School Board supporting the creation of the first alternative education program for at risk youth.
Daren is a graduate of Queen’s University having received both his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Masters of Education from the local institution. He has also served and continues to serve on a number of boards and volunteer committees throughout Kingston.
In recognition of his work, Daren has received the Nick Bala Distinguished Service Award at Youth Diversion the Padre Laverty Award, Queen’s University Alumni Association, an Honourary Diploma from St. Lawrence College and was Nominated for the National Ron Weibe Restorative Justice Award, by Correctional Services of Canada.
Daren is the proud father of three sons and Papa to his grandkids. He lives with his wife, Tracey Moffat on a lake that he says “provides him with a daily opportunity to reflect on all that is important, and to remind myself how small and insignificant my life is in the greater scheme of things. This motivates me to do my best to achieve my daily goal of improving someone’s life with everything I do.”