If you care about your community, about where you live, you should care about United Way Cape
Breton. United Way Cape Breton’s mission is to build stronger communities, make Cape Breton
a safe place to live, free from crime, where every person has a roof over their head and food to
eat, a good education to get a good job. A place where people are healthy and financially secure.
A place where people want to live, raise their families and grow their businesses.

Staff Members
Cape Breton Counties

Meet Our Team

Lynne McCarron
Lynne McCarronExecutive Director
Lynne McCarron has been the Executive Director of United Way Cape Breton since July 2011. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a background in the non-profit community, she brings the valued experience of working with vulnerable populations such as abused women & children, young offenders, preschoolers with specials needs and adults with intellectual disabilities and mental illness.

Lynne is a wife of a teacher and mother of four sons. She has volunteered extensively within her community and is a strong proponent of the saying “It takes a village to raise a child”. She acknowledges the numerous valuable resources and supports she has in raising her children and is working toward building communities across Cape Breton that provide those resources for all who require them.

Erin Gallagher
Erin GallagherCampaign Manager
Erin has been in this role since April 2013. Erin has a background in communications, public relations and fundraising. She graduated from CBU with a Bachelor of Arts degree and continued her studies at Algonquin College in Ottawa, where she obtained a public relations diploma. Erin returned home in 2008 from Alberta, and gained experience working in a communications role with the Cape Breton Partnership, followed by a district coordinator position with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Erin continues to volunteer with the CB Partnership, sitting on the NextGen board, an initiative which aims to engage young professionals in Cape Breton. Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews.

Jill Gardiner
Jill GardinerCoord, Evaluation & Learning
In 2004 due to unforeseen circumstances Jill found herself a single mother of 2 small children, waitlisted for low income housing and at times relying on hand outs. Luckily she had local family support to assist her in overcoming barriers.

She obtained a Human Services diploma from NSCC in 2007, receiving the Governor General’s Academic Medal for highest academic standing in all graduating classes. She later completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Studies from CBU. During this time she also obtained 10 years of occupational experience related to supporting individuals with a broad base of human services needs. This experience had her working with preschoolers, youth and young adults, as well as assisting adults with mental health issues.

Jill is now a mother of 3 children and says she wouldn’t change a thing holding her lived experience in high regard.

Our Board

UWCB is an autonomous organization that is run by a local Board of Directors made up of
community minded volunteers. The Board is responsible for all monies raised and invested in
local programs. 100% of all monies raised remains in Cape Breton unless the donor has
designated it to another charity.

Chris Bellemore President

 Sean Burke First Vice President

Joseph Wall Vice President

Nicholas MacNeil Treasurer

Mary Keating Recording Secretary


Laura MacPherson Director

Hugh Gillis Director

Tahirih Paul Director

Shaylnn Bates Director



Entirely independent to serve Cape Breton Island

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We fund 32 local Cape Breton programs. And counting.

From Poverty to Possibility

We’re helping to meet the basic needs of our community’s most vulnerable people, giving every local community member the opportunity to realize a better future.

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All That Kids Can Be

From the early years to high school completion, we are dedicated to supporting the full path of development to help children and youth achieve their potential.

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Strong Communities

In working for the overall well-being of community members, we’re building the positive environments and social capacity for caring, safe neighbourhoods.

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