Smile Story

Poverty goes beyond income. Hunger and homelessness. Education inequality, unemployment and social isolation. Mental illness and domestic violence. Why are United Ways across the country launching a new publicity campaign about local poverty, in all its forms? Because our neighbours are struggling and we need your help in...

AJ says he should have been successful, but wasn’t. By his 11th birthday, he’d been diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). That led to diagnoses of general anxiety and depression, too. “Growing up, I was in the gifted program at school, but I got into shouting matches...

Moving to Canada was a difficult adjustment for Nuhaa. An after-school program funded by United Way helped her feel more comfortable. In her own words...

Rose wants to be the first Indigenous prime minister. Mental health challenges stopped Rose in her tracks, but she found help to get her moving toward her goals again. "Growing up was tough - I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety as a kid," she recalls. "By...

In 2010, Kim was a stay-at-home mom, raising four children - one with special needs, and fostering teenagers. With a divorce looming, she knew she had to act fast. She needed a job to take care of her family on her own, and to make...

In the summer of 2015, Jeff lived only to feed his addictions. He'd lost his business, his friends and family. Penniless, homeless, and with 20 years of despair behind him, he attempted suicide. Again. With a grimace, he calls that period his Excellent Adventure. A journey...