For Dianna Prince, an alias we’re using for her well-being, when she looks back on those “darker” days, she says there was a time she wasn’t sure she and her then-newborn daughter were going to make it through. “It was a tough time to say the least,” she adds.
When Dianna recalls the fear and depression she experienced before and after she was pregnant, you can hear the heartache in her voice. Not only did Dianna live with pre- and post-partum depression, her partner was physically abusive. But things started to change when Dianna bravely took the steps to seek help and support.
Dianna says she didn’t know it then, but the counselling she received was funded in-part by United Way, something she explains she’s grateful for as life could have turned out very differently: “Those appointments were my saviour. Without those talks, I would not be here.”
Today, Dianna is a vibrant mother, a welder with General Dynamics and proud sister with Unifor Local 27. She also makes time to show her support for United Way as a shift lead for the company’s annual fundraising campaign. Though the community’s need for United Way may never truly disappear, Dianna asserts that the change – “the understanding and compassion” – that happens because of the organization makes her contributions worthwhile. “At our workplace, we know that United Way is important and that campaign time matters. And now it’s even more important to me, personally.”
“Those appointments were my saviour. Without those talks, I would not be here.”