Who Are We?
The Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC) of the United Way of the Thompson Nicola Cariboo (UWTNC) harnesses the power of women leaders in our community to advance the common good by supporting vulnerable families, children, and youth in the Kamloops area.
The WLC was formed in February 2015 by a group of like-minded women focused on making financially sustainable and measurable social impacts. Each member donates $1,200 or more annually for at least 2 years, that will go towards a significant, meaningful group gift as directed by the WLC development committee.
The WLC signature project, Paige’s Place, is a family fostering program that focuses on keeping families together. Our efforts to support families as a single unit are founded in research that emphasizes the benefits of healthy attachment between parent and child. We are working with community agencies to make this project a reality. Watch this space for continued updates and opportunities to get involved in this initiative!
The WLC is working to establish long-term relationships with community organizations, like Interior Community Services, Kamloops Early Learning & Literacy Initiatives (KELLI), the Ministry of Children and Families, and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) research department to ensure effective service delivery, project execution, and impact assessment so outcomes can be shared with like-minded communities.
- We believe in honouring the attachment between mother and child
- We believe in supporting solutions that keep families together, and end youth homelessness
- We believe in the importance of life skills education for all youth
- We believe in fostering healthy support networks for vulnerable families
- We believe in educating our community about the needs of vulnerable families
- We believe in supporting, celebrating, and empowering mothers who are ready to make positive changes in their lives.
- We believe in challenging status quo policies in favour of innovative solutions to social problems
- We believe in measuring & sharing project outcomes for the betterment of all communities
- To bring women philanthropists together to discover and address gaps in community services for vulnerable families.
- To offer women opportunities to become meaningfully engaged in our community
- To educate our community about critical issues surrounding vulnerable families in Kamloops North Thompson Area.
- Connect with a powerful network of caring women leaders;
- Make a personal impact through group giving and direct line of sight into programs funded;
- Build awareness about critical issues within our communities;
- Receive recognition as a leader of change;
- Join in events with others who feel passionate about helping vulnerable families;
- Learn from leading social service organizations about key issues impacting our children, youth and families;
- Hear about, develop, and help deliver innovative programs addressing these issues;
- Change the lives of vulnerable children, youth, and families.
- Be educated on issues by attending meetings and staying connected through events and online communications;
- Be an ambassador for children, youth, and families in our community by sharing our work and inviting your network of friends to attend events and consider joining our cause;
- Be a leader by committing to a minimum of 2 years of annual giving for greater sustainability of long-term programs.
“When we started discussing the concept of ‘creating families’ for those that don’t have existing healthy support networks, my heart sang and I knew we were going to accomplish great things together. I am excited for the future of WLC, and for the future of vulnerable families in our community. When love wins…we all win.”