Chancellor's Community Recognition Award
Maureen Duncan is the former chief executive officer of the United Way of Greater Victoria. Credited with helping transform the organization into a more inclusive community model, she began her career there as a bookkeeper in 1983. She worked her way through the ranks to CEO in 1996 before retiring from that role in March 2010.A results-oriented senior professional, Maureen Duncan has more than 35 years of progressive experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors. She has combined that accumulated expertise with a formal education in business administration, demonstrating time and again a commitment to leadership, partnership and community.
Born in England, Maureen Duncan came to Canada with her first husband in 1965. After a year in Prince George, the young couple moved to Vancouver where they began raising a family. Their two sons now live in Victoria and their daughter lives in Vancouver. Divorced in the late seventies, Maureen Duncan spent several years raising the children alone and working before meeting her second husband Jerry. They have been married 25 years and have three grandchildren.
Maureen Duncan's remarkable energy, enthusiasm and ongoing commitment to capacity-building provided the United Way of Greater Victoria with a solid foundation for effective participation in growth and community development. She is a sought-after resource - known for solid planning and organizational skills and ability to deliver results in a high-pressure, multi-task environment. While Maureen Duncan was CEO, the United Way of Greater Victoria not only raised $64-million; it opened new funding channels to all social services and began working more with non-profits, governments, businesses and citizens to improve the quality of life of local people.
In her role as CEO, Maureen Duncan was involved in the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, the Downtown Service Providers Committee, the Interlock Employee and Family Assistance Corporation of Canada, the United Way B.C. Steering Committee, the United Way of Canada President's Advisory Committee and the B.C. Government/Non Profit Steering Committee. She has also served as president of Harbourside Rotary and continues her connection as a member of the Harbourside Foundation Board. Maureen Duncan continues to serve as well as co-chair of the University of Victoria's Office of Community Based Research Steering Committee.
A strong community leader and role model with exceptional strategic and analytical skills, Maureen Duncan was the 2010 recipient of the CFAX Community Leader of the Year Award.