United Way Announces New Campaign Chair

The United Way of Chatham-Kent has announced its 2017 campaign chair.

Former teacher and artist Elizabeth Downey-Sunnen has been appointed to the position.

Downey-Sunnen is a wife and a mother of two children. She has experience as a youth ambassador for Chatham-Kent Secondary School.

The announcement was made at a meeting Wednesday afternoon at AwareHouse in Chatham.

“The United Way is such a very important part of our community and has been for forever. Without our continued support and making sure people understand what the United Way does and what that impact is, we wouldn’t have the same quality of life,” explains Downey-Sunnen.

The new chair says spreading positivity and kindness in the community is what is most important to her.

“I’m also working on a project called AwareHouse, which is here at the studio. I work with kiddos who want art classes and have anxiety, depression, [and] mental health issues. I’m a huge advocate of programs that will help the community,” says Downey-Sunnen.

Downey-Sunnen says a fundraising goal has not been set yet for this year, but she hopes she will surpass it.

Co-operators Insurance is hosting a campaign kick-off at The Kent 1874 Friday, September 8 starting at 6pm. The community is invited to attend the celebrations and enjoy performances by Tom Lockwood and Rock Steady. Tickets are available at local United Way offices, Musical Strings, Betty Brite Dry Cleaners. and Hip Entertainment. They are also available online or at the door.