We were proud to present the United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Award® to Lynn and Rick Waugh for their long-time support of United Way in Canada and the Caribbean. In his remarks, Rick said, "United Way is about addressing local needs...and is one of the most effective nonprofits and strongest brands in the world...United Way is a brand you can trust. One that acts with integrity."
Wayne Wouters, a member of United Way Worldwide's Board of Trustees and Mark Fulford, Board Chair for United Way Turks and Caicos Islands presented the award.
Rick and Lynne’s involvement with United Way began at the local level with United Way Greater Toronto. Almost 30 years ago, early in Rick’s career with Scotiabank, Rick and Lynne both began to work with the United Way as community volunteers and donors. In fact, Rick led the United Way Greater Toronto campaign during their 50th Anniversary year, taking the campaign over the $100 million mark. Lynne, passionate that all seniors deserve to live with dignity and respect, created a yoga program designed especially for older participants, which is now up and running in 12 centers across Toronto.
This spirit of giving is part of the heart and soul of the Waugh Family. With their 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Lynne and Rick have established The Waugh Family Foundation, which funds a range of domestic and international projects for community-based charities, from education to healthcare. Through a partnership with the Rideau Hall Foundation and a number of Canadian universities, the Waugh Family Foundation also supports post-secondary scholarships.
In presenting the award, Mark Fulford quoted Rick as saying, "We are impressed with United Way's successful and proven business model, which we’ve been involved with for many years. It provides governance, monitoring and efficient funding of local communities at the grassroots level."
The Waughs believe that the successful United Way model could and would make significant improvements in people’s lives – not only in the Turks & Caicos, but in the six new Caribbean countries the Waughs are working to establish United Ways.