The annual general meeting of Deloraine and Area Donor’s Choice was held on November 4 in the Prairie Skills building. Stu Clelland, presiding chair of the committee gave words of welcome and asked Jamie Roberts (secretary) to read the minutes of the June 10, 2019 meeting.
Alexis Billeck, campaign treasurer, gave the Treasurer’s Report. The Bank Balance going forward is $1,479.28. See chart for the 2019 campaign results
The Canadian Red Cross – Manitoba Westman Region charity will be taken off the list of charities as they failed to meet the requirements of Deloraine and Area Donor’s Choice constitution.
Representatives in attendance gave reports of their charity.
• Turtle Mountain Bible Camp — Deb Wiebe reported that TMBC has been very busy with their new facility
• Child & Family Services — Kelly Gilliard reported regular programming ongoing. Goals are Safety & Stability, Prevention & Reunification, Healing & Trauma. The Voice Teddies project has been very well received. Mothers can record their voice into a teddy bear for children who are in agency care, which is a comfort for the child
• Arthritis Society — John Preston reported regular programming and the summer camp is very popular
• Deloraine Border Festival — Judy Cassils reported the festival committee is very grateful for the Donor’s Choice canvas as the funds received are used for overall operations, especially for adjudicators and facility rentals.
• ALS Society of Manitoba — Debbie Sambrook reported money is used for ongoing research
• Deloraine Health Auxiliary — Verna Vanhove reported the funds were used for extra lighting at the security fence at the hospital, incidentals and travel fund for the residents
• Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada — Arlett Weidenhamer reported research, programming ongoing
• Diabetes Canada — Arlene Wolfe reported the Type 1 Diabetes camp was once again a huge success. “It is a very special camp, healthcare professionals are there so campers feel safe and they also feel normal because everyone is doing the same thing as they are,” she said.
• The Canadian National Institute for the Blind — Leonard Furber, executive director said they have ongoing programming for youth up to older adults. “The Peer Support is very beneficial – helping people to gain and retain employment,” he said.
• Wee ‘R’ Special Daycare — Britney Forsyth reported they are very busy on planning the playground expansion (purchased space - former lawyer office/newspaper building)
• The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Westman Chapter — Lisa Edwardson reported about ongoing programs, camps, peer support. They also provide short term financial assistance, especially to those undergoing dialysis
• Prairie Skills Inc — Cathey Day reported they continue to maintain the structure and have had to replace rotting window sills. They also got a boost in their contract and are able to hire another part-time person. As of November 1, Prairie Skills Employment Services Project will also cover Souris.
• Southwest Manitoba Regional Foundation — Phil Edwards reported the foundation pays out 3.5% to local non-profits each year. Many groups and organizations have benefited from Foundation grants.
• Alzheimer Society of Manitoba -Westman Region — Haley Strachan reported there is ongoing programs, services and research. She recently spoke at a Deloraine Health Auxiliary meeting and started a local dementia support group.
The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting is slated for March 9, 2020.