President launches United Way campaign with a flick of the wrist

 Lorna Marsden flips pancakes for United Way

Above: Lorna R. Marsden, York president & vice-chancellor, flips a pancake to kick off this year’s United Way Employee Campaign. Obviously impressed with her skillet skill are Paul Axelrod, dean of the Faculty of Education (left) and Ron Pearlman, interim dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

York’s 2005 United Way Employee Campaign to raise $185,000 flipped into high gear Tuesday as York President & Vice-chancellor Lorna R. Marsden and a team of deans and administration officials served up pancakes for breakfast bright and early.

 York U Administration members at pancake breakfast

Above: Pancake helpers, from left, Pearlman, Atkinson Dean Rhonda Lenton; Phillip Silver, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts; and Ted Spence,  senior policy advisor and executive director, Institutional Research & Analysis

York’s cheerleaders, the spirit squad and the Lions mascots lent their energy to the early morning assignment as did members of York is U who were on hand to shout out the message to everyone within ear shot of the Cetnral Square Cafeteria.

The 2005 campaign, which runs until Nov. 23, continues tomorrow with a Bake Sale at York Printing Services Student Copy Centre, 163 Central Square. Student staff volunteers will be on hand from 10am until 2pm – or while the baked goods last. Copy centre staff will be offering a selection of donated homemade and commercial baked goods to sweeten your day.

Next week, the campaign resumes with York’s squeaky clean Facilities Services Annual United Way Carwash on Nov. 9. This year’s event takes place from 2-6pm in the old 1B lot located just east of the Schulich School of Business. On Nov. 10, the Student Services Centres is holding a Bagel Breakfast.

United Way Events, Nov. 14-23

  • Cup-A-Soup Week from Nov. 14-18. This popular event is hosted by the Offices of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Secretary and General Counsel, and the York University Foundation
  • Early Bird Draw for pledge card donations received by Nov. 18
  • Atkinson’s Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 23.

“All full-time staff and faculty will receive their United Way pledge card packages in the mail this week and we invite you to renew your gift to the United Way or, if it is your first time, why not consider making a donation?” said Sue Levesque, community relations officer and this year’s employee campaign chair.. “Your dollars change lives by affording our friends, our neighbours and many of our own families increased dignity, increased opportunities and the skills to grasp a better range of choices.”

Visit the United Way Web site to learn more about the campaign and the people who have received assistance. The “who we help” section and the online virtual tour of a sponsored agency are very informative, says Levesque.

To find out more about the York 2005 United Way Campaign contact Sue Levesque at or ext. 55597.