United Way KFL&A announces 2024 Campaign Chair

At a luncheon honouring the United Way KFL&A’s 2023 Workplace Volunteers, Jane Lapointe, 2022 Campaign Chair, announced Joanne Langlois (right at the lectern) as the United Way KFL&A’s 2024 Campaign Chair. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

For many who have been involved in fundraising activities in Kingston, the introduction wasn’t needed as the United way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) announced their 2024 Campaign Chair.

That’s because the new Campaign Chair, Joanne Langlois, has been involved in dozens and dozens of charitable and fundraising organizations and events in the KFL&A region across the past 30 years.

On Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2024, the United Way KFL&A announced Langlois as the 2024 Campaign Chair at an event held to do just that, as well as to honour the United Way KFL&A’s 2023 Workplace Volunteers Awards.

According to the local United Way, Langlois began volunteering with the organization 30 years ago, spearheading several well-known local fundraising events, such as Fare for Friends and Rockin’ the Big House. Langlois was a key volunteer in United Way’s Success by Six campaigns for many years, the organization said. But her volunteer efforts have not been limited to the United Way.

In a brief bio of the Toronto-born Langlois, the United Way of KFL&A underscores just how much Langlois has become a true Kingstonian since moving to the Limestone City decades ago. The celebrated event planner has “lent her fundraising skill and event planning acumen” to local community organizations such as the MS Society of Kingston, Big Sisters, the Downtown Kingston BIA’s Feb Fest, the YMCA, Hospice Kingston, Community Foundation for Kingston and Area, Hockey Helps the Homeless, and the local Integrated Care Hub, the local united way detailed. In 2014, Langlois was awarded the First Capital Distinguished Citizen Award, and she was honoured with the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club in 2015.

Calling Kingston her “adopted hometown,” Langlois has lived in Kingston for 30+ years with her husband, Paul (whom readers may know as the famed guitarist with The Tragically Hip), and their daughters, Emma and Sophie (both of whom have been active in the Kingston community, as well).

“This community is fortunate to have such strong volunteer leadership every year,” said John DiPaolo, President & CEO of the United Way KFL&A, in a statement.

“Joanne brings such a passion for the community and United Way to this year’s campaign. Together, with a dedicated Campaign Cabinet, all our amazing volunteers, and a generous community that continues to step up each year, this campaign will be another great success.”

Joanne Langlois. Photo via United Way KFL&A.

For her part, Langlois said she is “excited to take on the role of campaign chair this year,” noting that she looks forward to working with all of the “incredible volunteers” on the campaign cabinet and in the community “to build on the success of last year.”

“I know that our community can do great things when we come together and we can continue to help our fellow community members throughout KFL&A,” Langlois said in a statement.

According to the United Way KFL&A, their annual campaign raises funds that are “invested locally in programs supporting individuals in vulnerable situations.” The organization “works collaboratively with agencies and community partners across sectors to address complex social issues and the most pressing needs – homelessness, food security, addictions, and mental health,” the local United Way said.

“We know that agencies and programs in our community are continuing to see an increase in demand for their services,” added Langlois.

“I have seen firsthand how the generosity of this community can make an impact. I am confident that this year we will have another successful campaign.”

The United Way KFL&A shared that their 2024 campaign will kick off on Friday, Sept. 6, 2024.

More information on the United Way KFL&A can be found on the organization’s website.

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