VAUGHAN, ON--(Marketwired - December 11, 2015) - An outstanding 2015 employee campaign once again was acknowledged as being a key contributing factor in PowerStream being able to provide $176,481.39 to be shared by United Way Toronto & York Region and United Way of Greater Simcoe County.

The announcement was made at PowerStream's head office on Friday as part of an official cheque presentation ceremony involving several company officials including Maurizio Bevilacqua, Board Chair and Mayor of the City of Vaughan; Jeff Lehman, Board Member and Mayor of the City of Barrie; Brian Bentz, President and CEO; Dennis Nolan, EVP Corporate Services and Campaign Co-chair, as well as Bill Schmidt, VP, Information Services and Campaign Co-chair. They presented a cheque to Victoria Nixon, Resource Development Manager of United Way Toronto & York Region, as well as Rosslyn Junke, Campaign Manager, United Way of Greater Simcoe County.

The donation is consistent with PowerStream's ongoing commitment to support the communities in which their customers live, work and play. The company's annual campaign includes a variety of employee-focused initiatives that help to raise funds for the United Way and its agencies. In 2015, the initiatives included payroll deductions, kick-off breakfasts, jeans days, a corn roast and participation in the company's annual golf tournament.


  • "It's that time of year again when we look forward to giving back to the communities we serve through our annual United Way campaign," explained Mayor Bevilacqua. "It's heart-warming to see how many of our employees recognize the importance of providing a helping hand to those who are less fortunate and then proceed to contribute to this worthy cause in so many ways."
  • "Our employees' ongoing commitment and support to the United Way is consistent with the values that have been embedded across the organization," added Bentz, "As a leader in corporate social responsibility, this is an aspect of our culture that we continue to see as being important to promote, nurture and retain."


  • PowerStream's United Way campaign kicks off each year with the company's annual charity golf tournament in September. In 2015, the tournament alone generated over $100,000.00 for the campaign.
  • Participation by PowerStream employees in other annual charitable activities includes the Heart & Stroke Foundation's BIG Bike and Princess Margaret Hospital's Ride to Conquer Cancer.
  • Since 2004, PowerStream and its predecessor utilities have donated in total more than $1.4 million to the United Way.


  • PowerStream is a community-owned energy company that provides power and related services to more than 375,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.


Established in 1976, United Way Toronto & York Region is a registered charity uniting people and resources to improve our communities. United Way identifies community priorities and works with partners to take action, supporting a network of 100 critical programs across the region's nine municipalities.


United Way is one of the largest non-government sources of social service funding in Simcoe County. Over 80% of funds donated to United Way of Greater Simcoe County are raised in the workplace, most through payroll deduction programs. More than 150 employers in Simcoe County support their community through United Way.


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