Kelly Strong, Vice-President, Canada & UK Operations, Vale, gets his head shaved by Patricia Mills, United Way Campaign Co-Chair, as campaign leaders look on.
(L to R) Renée Deroy-Bradley, hair stylist; Michael Cullen, Executive Director, United Way Centraide and/et Nipissing Districts; Rick Bertrand, President, United Steelworkers, Local 6500; Dan Kay, Vale employee representing Coleman Mine – Vale’s highest fundraising plant/department; Tina Vincent and Ashley Thibault, Vale-USW Campaign Co-Chairs.

SUDBURY, January 7, 2014 – Vale and The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today that they have reached their goal to collect $750,000 in a joint fundraising campaign for the United Way Centraide Sudbury and/et Nipissing Districts.

“Achieving this fundraising goal speaks to the incredible generosity of our employees and their ongoing commitment to our community,” said Kelly Strong, Vice-President, Canada and U.K. Operations, Vale. “It’s an accomplishment we can all be very proud of.”

Strong promised Vale’s Sudbury employees that he would shave his head if they reached their fundraising goal. Patricia Mills, Community Campaign Chair, United Way Centraide and/et Nipissing Districts, shaved Strong’s head at an event in Copper Cliff today as Vale employees, and campaign leaders looked on.

“I respect a leader who puts his faith – and in this case his head – on the line to support employees,” said Mills, referring to the head-shaving commitment by Strong. “Vale employees, management and the USW are major supporters of this community and achieving this outstanding goal together is true leadership on all levels.”

Vale matches employee and pensioner’s contributions to the campaign, dollar for dollar. Employees have the opportunity to make regular contributions or a one-time donation through a payroll deduction program.

“Year after year, members of the USW Local 6500 continue to support their community and ensure the fundraising goal is reached by personally contributing to the United Way/Centraide campaign,” said Rick Bertrand, President, United Steelworkers, Local 6500.


Danica Pagnutti
Corporate Affairs Specialist
Vale (Ontario Operations)
(705) 682-7165
[email protected]

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