5 must-see summer photos


A picture is worth a thousand words – the notion that so much can be conveyed through a single shot. We agree. That’s why we’re introducing Snapshot – a new photo series that features the people and places across our diverse region that inspire us to work together to make a meaningful difference.

As summer draws to close, we thought we’d take the opportunity to kick off the feature with some of our favourite snaps of the season. Let us know what you think!


Summer is the season of play! We caught up with Uma, her son Jonathan and his friend, Jia, while they were having fun in the sun at Agincourt Community Services Association’s Child and Family Centre, a United Way-supported agency. Although Jonathan may be prepping for junior kindergarten, it sure looks like he and Jia are cramming in all the fun they can handle before the fall!


The only thing shining brighter than the sun in this photo is Abrone’s smile. We love this summery snap featuring the 23-year-old Weston-Mt. Dennis resident. We recently chatted with Abrone about his participation in an education-to-employment training program supported by United Way that’s helping put this inspirational young man on the path to a meaningful future full of possibility. That sure is something to smile about!


The Toronto 2015 Games may be almost over—but the legacy of beautiful community artwork left behind by the Pan Am Path Art Relay continues. We love this photo of Mayor John Tory serving up some summer volleyball fun at the J’ouvert Performance & Carnival, one of the stops on this 80-kilometre sports and art trail stretching across the city and connecting many of Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods where United Way is working to build strong communities.


Nejat (see left) is an inspiring mother-of-five who’s stitching together a better life for herself and her family. In this photo, she takes a break from her job at Haween—a community-based social enterprise providing sewing and production training to newcomer women—to proudly showcase her handiwork. Despite a busy schedule, we’re glad Nejat found time to enjoy the sunshine!

Rat Race

Ready, set, scurry! We absolutely love this photo of a participant from this year’s Scotiabank Rat Race where supporters dashed through the streets for United Way. Whether you walked or ran, one thing is for sure – each stride was one step closer to building stronger communities.