Wednesday night, marked our 86th Annual General Meeting and one of our staff/bloggers, Donna, wrote this wonderful recap to our staff. We thought we would share our celebrations.
“Last night the YWCA hosted the community at our 86th Annual General Meeting – we had great attendance and the evening went wonderfully as Carolyn Fish, President, and Elisabeth Zimmermann, our ED, passionately spoke of our strategic planning and upcoming future initiatives.
We are seen as a valuable asset in the community for the women, children and families we serve and it showed by the attendance last night. With her tireless efforts in promoting the issues, Elisabeth has not only helped to raise the credibility and importance of our organization – but educated the community on the impact of poverty and homelessness – thank you.
We welcomed a new Board of Directors – 13 of the most incredible, dynamic and caring women you would ever want to meet – and they are as passionate about the issues we address as the staff! Carolyn Fish; President, Cindi LoForti; Vice President, Anita Scholman; Treasurer, Jacqueline Strecansky; Secretary, Jessica Potts, Joanna Romano, Josefina Perez, Sabrina Fruci, Linda Haday, Lori Kleinsmith, Misette Critelli, Christie Cassidy and Liz Isaak.
A big thank you to those staff that made it all possible – Nicki and Suzanne our dynamic Fund Development/Community Relations department, have once again produced an Annual Report
that not only speaks to our stats, but provides the reader with a client story that touches their heart, nicely done. The Awards and Presentations honoured the support of Meridian Credit Union, as our Corporate Citizen; Matt Harris received the much appreciated YW Champion Award; Pen Centre Administration and Mountainview Homes received the Community Partnership Awards; and we honoured Crystal D’Cunha of Mountainview Homes with our Community Supporter Special Recognition Awards for her outstanding contribution as the Chair of No Fixed Address this year. We also learned of some very interesting events coming up in December and the new year – please, please help with these.
|Meridian Credit Union- Corporate Citizenship Award
|Matt Harris- YW Champion Award
|Pen Centre & Mountainview Homes- Community Partnership Award
|Crystal- Community Supporter Special Recognition
Closer to our hearts, Madelene, volunteering in the YW kitchen since the tender age of 7, received our Program Volunteer Award, along with Jane Coleman, who has volunteered on the front desk and assisted with registration during No Fixed Address – we value their contributions and are grateful for their ongoing support of the YW.
Thank you to all the staff that attended, and volunteered their time last night – Adrianna C., Jackie, and a new volunteer Robin, who we will be seeing more of on front desk. It is wonderful how everyone comes together when you need them – thank you!
A huge THANK YOU, to our Maria, for not only arranging the fabulous food from St. Catharine’s Collegiate Culinary Program, those cream puffs reminded me of my Mom’s …. absolutely fabulous! (can we get some for Christmas??) But for also, securing the coffee donation by Coffee Culture – they are such a great supporter of the YW. A big, big, big THANKS to Carli, not only did she coordinate the event with me – she celebrated 5 years of service, and I couldn’t have said it better than Elisabeth did last evening…Carli it seems longer
, you have become a part of the YW family so seamlessly, your willingness to take on any new challenge or initiative (that I say we can do), Well, I can only say what an honour it is to work with you each day – and look forward to many, many (I said many) more years to come. THANK YOU.
So, if you haven’t seen the annual report – please take a read
, and join me in celebrating this past year’s accomplishments – EACH and every staff person contributes to the success of the YWCA Niagara Region on a daily basis, every day you touch the lives of so many women, children and families in a positive, healing way, and at a most vulnerable time in their lives.
For all you do – THANK YOU, this past year’s accomplishments are your success.It was a great AGM. Thank You.”