GOAL REACHED: United Way hits its mark

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United Way chair Danny Aikman, left, and campaign chair Nolan Quinn, accept a loonie from little Emmy St. Louis - the last dollar collected for the $700,001 2013 campaign.

CORNWALL, Ontario - After weeks of tough slugging, the United Way has finally reached its goal of $700,001.

Nolan Quinn, the campaign chair, told the Seaway News in an interview he was thrilled, and relieved, to finally gather the last dollar.

"I'm very overwhelmed," he said. "We look after our neighbours."

Quinn said at lunch hour Friday the agency was still about $12,000 shy of the finish line.

He said Cornwall lawyer Sean Adams, who had agreed earlier in the week to help the agency during its seven-day campaign extension, made a few phone calls.

"He contacted some generous families who agreed to help us," said Quinn. "It feels amazing. I'm impressed with the generosity of our community. We weren't the only charity out there asking for money."

It's been a difficult campaign for the United Way. Just weeks into the campaign the agency terminated its new executive director, Frank Rockett.

Then, just weeks ago, the United Way board chair, Mike Paquette, left the post and was replaced with Cornwall Community Police Service Deputy Chief Danny Aikman.

Quinn said the charity is looking to strengthen itself in the weeks to come.

"Not that we weren't strong before, but we want to focus on more clarity," he said.

United Way agencies are expected to begin lining up in January for funding dollars that come out of the 2013 campaign.

Organizations: United Way, Seaway News

Geographic location: Ontario

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