President flips flapjacks to launch 2015 York Cares United Way Campaign Nov. 3

York President Mamdouh Shoukri flips flapjacks for the United Way
York President Mamdouh Shoukri flips flapjacks for the United Way
York President Mamdouh Shoukri flips flapjacks for the United Way
York President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri flips flapjacks for the United Way

York University will launch its 2015 York Cares United Way Campaign at the President’s Pancake Breakfast Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 8 to 10am in the Central Square Cafeteria.

Enjoy piping-hot pancakes for just a toonie that will be cooked and served by York’s President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri and members of the York administration, including this year’s United Way leadership co-chairs: Vice-President Academic and Provost Rhonda Lenton, Vice-President Advancement Jeff O’Hagan and Osgoode Hall Law School Dean Lorne Sossin.

This year’s goal is to raise $220,000 in support of the important community services provided by the United Way. Each year, York University faculty, staff and students come together for this important cause. Last year’s York Cares United Way Campaign raised $218,900 to support social services across the city.

Funds raised through the campaign benefit important local agencies and programs, some of which impact York’s programs and students directly.

The campaign goal of increased participation – which translates directly to an increase in dollars raised – looks to members of the community to make a pledge online (or with a paper pledge form if preferred). Pledges can be paid all at once or throughout the year using the payroll deduction feature. A gift using payroll deduction is additionally efficient with the charitable receipt being included on the donor’s T4 slip.

In addition to the Campaign Kick-off President’s Pancake Breakfast, there are many other special events to support the campaign that will take place across campus through the month of November. These include:

  • CN Tower Climb
    Nov. 7, 6am to 10am, CN Tower
    *While registration for the climb is now closed, students, staff and faculty are encouraged to join the York Cares team for Student Rally immediately following the climb. Show your school spirit and raise awareness for the United Way. Check out the YFile article for more information, and contact to join the rally.
  • Pledge Drive
    Nov. 3 to 25
    This is the most important element of the campaign, with 95 per cent of donations come from the Pledge Drive. This year, campaign organizers are aiming for a 10 per cent participation rate overall, and each department/unit will be competing for the coveted “York Cares Participation Challenge” trophy. Get your donation in early and qualify to win a fantastic prize.
  • SchulichPalooza
    Nov. 25, 11:30am to 2pm, Robert McEwen Auditorium, Schulich School of Business
    This pizza luncheon will signal a wrap-up to the campaign and will feature diverse talent from Schulich’s students, faculty and staff. Rock bands, vocalists, dancers, comedy performances and much more will be showcased.

York U faculty, staff and students are encouraged to get engaged in the campaign by joining in at one of the events being held on campus, by volunteering as a campaign ambassador or by organizing a special event of their own. Contact the campaign organizers for more details at

Come out in support of York Cares 2015 and help to spread the word.

Supporting the United Way helps to build a city where every person is able to reach his or her full potential; a city where every neighbourhood is thriving; a city that is healthy today; a city poised for a bright future.

To learn more about how to get involved in the 2015 York Cares United Way Campaign, visit the York Cares website.