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									PRESIDENTS ANNUAL REPORT: Suzanne Longpre

It certainly has been a busy and exciting year. The board continued with its regular
business but took on a couple of additional projects.

The first was Juke Box Mania. Jack had heard about this fundraiser and presented it to
the Board for consideration. If we decided to go forward, it was critical that we not lose
money so the first step was to get some sponsor dollars. Very quickly we had raised
significant sponsorship support and we proceeded with the event. It was a success and
raised just under $14,000. We have done a debrief and know where to make
improvements – there is even talk of doing it again next year but that decision will not be
made until the fall.

Then there is tonight – Together 09. Working with four other organizations to combine
our Annual General Meetings. It has been a great learning experience. The focus is on
collaboration and demonstrating to the community how much we have in common and
how well we work together. It is also a great opportunity for all of us to meet other
board members, staff and the public and tell “our story”.

We made some progress on diversity when we welcomed Paul Clarkston as new Board
member. Paul brings a depth of experience working in the community and with a variety
of groups. We still have board positions to fill so will continue to work towards more

On behalf of the Board I want to thank the staff for their continued commitment to the
Agency. A special thank you for your support of Juke Box Mania.

I also want to thank the members of the Board for their dedication and hard work.

Family Counselling & Support Services for Guelph-Wellington is a strong and vibrant
agency. We all need to work together to make sure we continue to provide the service
and support that is so important to the people of Guelph and Wellington County.
                                                                  Jack Watkins


     The creation of a remarkable curriculum, by a community group that we have sponsored, for the sexual
      education of persons with a developmental disability.

     The continued funding of the community’s central intake and referral service (AIR) will permit us to provide
      this invaluable resource to persons with a developmental disability until such time that the Ministry of
      Community and Social Services develops a regional process for this service, March 31, 2010

     The creation of a Council of Opportunities for Children, a multi-agency collaborative children’s services
      planning process, promises that services to children will be better coordinated and delivered. A similar
      Ministry (MCSS) initiative is also being developed.

     The development of Together 09, a shared and collaborative Annual General Meeting including Trellis,
      the Volunteer Centre, Family and Children’s Services, Guelph Community Health Centre and ourselves.

     The hiring of a facilitator whose task (in eighteen months) is to explore the need and service delivery
      feasibility for counselling children who are sexually abused or sexual abusers. This is the Help Now project.

     Enhanced EAP marketing through a workshop on Creating Connections in the workplace.

     Exploration of the development of an SROI (Social Return on Investment) process. This process is a
      systematic way to clearly demonstrate the economic advantages of the various services offered.

     Establishment of a Funding and Business Development working group to enhance the Agency’s funding
      base and marketing approaches.

     The development of a successful fund raising and public awareness event: Juke Box Mania.

     The renewed involvement with Westwood Public School in providing another Families and Schools Together
      program and the completion of the first program at Priory Park Public School.

     The development of new marketing banners.


     The possibility that the Canadian Bankers Association will reduce support of Credit Counselling Agencies.

     The decrease by 5% of financial support from the United Way and the current economic situation. There has
      been a significant increase in personal bankruptcy and therefore pressure on our service capacity.

     The struggle to maintain competitive staff salary levels.

     Encroachment of American-based non-profits into our Accreditation process and development of a made-in-
      Canada model.

     Funders supporting only short-term projects rather than on-going programs.

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