President’s Report

Tony Dunbar
Tony Dunbar

Annual General Meeting May 6th, 2014
The Brockville Masonic Hall.

The past year was another one of success and accomplishment in fulfilling the Shepherd’s Welcome Centre’s (SWC) mission and mandate of enhancing the lives of our area seniors by providing services that promote mental and physical activity.

The number of programs offered was an impressive 20-25 in each semester. Approximately 380 participants enrolled in each of the fall and winter sessions.

In terms of accomplishments and initiatives, the SWC:

  • Held a “Living Well as a Senior Day” on May 10 in the Brockville Legion. Director Bill Carlyle put together an exceptional program of speakers together with information booths
  • Hosted a Volunteer Appreciation lunch in June 2013
  • Completed a formal rental agreement with the Wall Street United Church
  • Hosted very successful Open Houses in September 2013 and January 2014
  • Purchased six (6) laptops for use in the computer classes
  • Purchased a new printer/copier/fax for office use
  • With the expert assistance of Keith Wood, aided by Hugh Campbell, launched our own SWC website
  • Added a new Genealogy class and an additional Low Impact Exercise session to our programs
  • Continued to publish a monthly newsletter, edited by Cheryl Nix, to keep participants informed of SWC happenings and events. We again availed of email distribution for the majority of our clients
  • Cheryl Nix compiled a excellent history of the SWC which was published in the September 2013 newsletter and is now also available on our website
  • Under the direction of Gail Hanton, organized another successful Christmas bus trip to the Upper Canada Theatre in Morrisburg
  • Organized CPR/Defibrillator training for leaders and others
  • Through her development and sale of SWC T-shirts, Kay Carlson helped raise approximately $600 for SWC
  • Hosted a very successful Christmas Luncheon in the Wall Street United Church gym in mid-December
  • Recently initiated development of a formal Strategic Plan. To date the board has held three (3) meetings. We have completed drafts of Vision, Mission and Core Values documents. Also we are working on goals in the areas of Recruitment, Program Maintenance, Parking and SWC Funding.

Of course, none of the above could have been achieved without the dedicated efforts of a great team of people.

A big thank you first to those course leaders and teachers who generously donated their time and talents in providing first class instruction and leadership in a variety of areas. Without these good people there would be no Shepherd’s Welcome Centre; we owe you a huge debt of gratitude.

In support of our program leaders, there is core of volunteers who perform outstanding work. First and foremost is a great volunteer office staff, consisting of Office Manager Marian Rafferty, ably assisted by Laura Papaioannou and for a time Paula McLaughlin. These folks by their dedicated work ensure the smooth running of our organization. We also have a number of kind people who help out on special occasions such as Open House, the AGM , luncheons and with Friendly Calls, etc. Thank you all.

And for overall guidance of the SWC, we have a capable board of directors, currently 8 in number. Marian Rafferty, Secretary and Laura Papaioannou, 2nd V-P and Social Convenor, who we already mentioned, do double duty serving on the board as well as performing their office functions. Ralph Greenhalgh is our Treasurer; Bill Carlyle is Director of Activities as well as 1st V-P. Rounding out the number are Cheryl Nix, Newsletter Editor and Kay Carlson, our dynamic exercise instructor, who assists Bill Carlyle in his Activities Director role.

I thank all these board members for their dedicated service and for their support to me personally as President, with again a special thank you to Gail Hanton, our Past-President, for her sage advice to me and to the board generally.

It’s been a privilege to serve as President of this fine organization and I look forward to our progressing together to even bigger and better things under the Shepherd’s Welcome Centre banner. I, as do the board of directors, welcome any and all recommendations and suggestions as to how we might more readily achieve this goal.

In closing, on behalf of the SWC, I would like to thank those other organizations who provided support. First and foremost the Shepherd’s Centre Foundation for their financial support. And thanks to the Brockville Library, TISS School and to the Wall Street United Church for the use of their facilities.

And, as always, remember: We may be getting older, but we’re not old yet!

Thank you.

Tony Dunbar

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