To kick off Volunteer Week (#VolunteerWeek), we would like to introduce you to three very special volunteers – our 2014 Campaign Chairs!
Burlington Campaign Chair, Brian Ferguson
A Global Recruiting Executive with VMware, the world leader in Virtualization and Cloud Computing, Brian is known for his energy, drive, passion and his ability to execute results regardless of the challenge faced.
Brian was born and raised in Burlington and has been giving back to the community for decades. His passion for giving was learned at a very young age with his mother taught him the value of giving back and supporting the community you live in. Now, the father of two amazing children and a beautiful wife of four years, Brian continues to give back to the community by becoming an outspoken advocate for the United Way. In previous years, Brian acted as an Employee Campaign Chair of his offices workplace campaign and in 2013 he became the Campaign Cabinet Chair. Brian will be returning to this role for the 2014 Campaign where be brings his enthusiasm and innovative thinking to the cause.
Say hello to Brian on Twitter! @VMwareFergie
Hamilton Campaign Co-Chair, Jamie West
Jamie is the founder and CEO of Westpro Media, a Hamilton based Communications Consulting and Advertising Agency. He is well known for his media work in Hamilton and Toronto including a decade as a reporter and anchor at CHCH TV, and for the last nine years as a radio talk show host on 900CHML in Hamilton. Jamie and his wife Rebecca host the light-hearted Talk Radio Show “Sunday Brunch,” Sunday mornings from 10:00am until noon on 900CHML. The show is broadcast live from their home studio in Ancaster.
Jamie has extensive business and personal contacts in the Hamilton community and can be seen along with Rebecca emceeing events and supporting other great community causes.
Jamie was born and raised in east Hamilton and has called Hamilton home for 47 years. Together with Rebecca, the pair have a 19 year old son and two young daughters – they are very proud of each of them.
Say hello to Jamie on Twitter! @Westpro
Hamilton Campaign Co-Chair, Rebecca West
Rebecca is a Realtor with Royal LePage State Realty in Ancaster. She is also a radio talk show host on 900CHML and has an extensive background in media and marketing. Like her husband Jamie, her connections within the Hamilton community run deep, extending from her days as Manager of Promotions and Community Partnerships with CHCH TV and as Director of News Marketing & Community Partnerships with Global News in Toronto. Over the last 16 years, Rebecca has assisted with numerous charitable efforts in Hamilton and the greater Golden Horseshoe, as well as Toronto, and currently serves as Vice President on the Board of the Hamilton YWCA.
Rebecca and Jamie believe strongly that the role of social service agencies has become more important than ever in creating and maintaining empathetic and compassionate communities. Supporting organizations such as the United Way is truly an investment in a stronger, healthier Hamilton.
Unlike her husband, Rebecca will not provide you with her age (ok, she’s 29); however she will share that she was born in Collingwood, Ontario and moved throughout the province as a youngster before her family made Sarnia home base. Together with Jamie, the Wests have an amazingly talented 19 year old son and two strong-willed, determined and theatrical daughters.
Say hello to Rebecca on Twitter! @westrebec