Provincial government employees have demonstrated their generosity by making record-breaking donations in support of the United Way of Halifax Region. Employee contributions through government-workplace campaigns topped $428,000 in 2007 — up from $405,000 raised in the 2006 campaign. “This has been the most successful campaign to date,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Nova Scotia’s government employees have shown once again that they are committed to making their communities healthier and safer for everyone.” The money raised will support the United Way’s work, which includes funding more than 100 programs at 50 agencies that help young children and families thrive, reduce violence and build strong communities and volunteer organizations. “I congratulate the many talented volunteers who brought this campaign to life,” said provincial division chair Dennis Cochrane, deputy minister of Education. “The success we share is the result of the tremendous effort, creativity and leadership by many volunteers who generously contributed their time and energy.” Campaigns were managed by volunteers in each government department and agency. The Department of Education was the lead agency for the 2007 campaign. “We’re delighted with the very spirited and energetic provincialcampaign,” said Catherine Woodman, president and CEO of the United Way of Halifax Region. “The outstanding results help bring us very close to our overall campaign goal of $5.75 million. But, most importantly, this campaign focused on making a difference in a community we all treasure.” The provincial government campaign ran from September to December.