Goodbye Bill Taylor, Hello Mandeep Sindhi
After 12 years on the Board of Directors Bill Taylor has stepped down as Treasurer. His contribution is greatly appreciated and through his guidance he leaves the finances of the Foundation in good shape. He oversaw the annual audits of the organization, reported on the budget at each AGM and has secured good returns for the Foundation through safe investments. He remains a committed member of the Society and has remained active to guide the transition to a new treasurer.
The Board is pleased to welcome Mandeep Sindhi as its new Treasurer. Mandeep brings a rich and varied background in financial management. With this experience the Foundation can assure its donors that the funds, so generously given, will be managed to gain the maximum benefit for the health programs and services important to the residents of Chemainus and area.
Board Report to the AGM
May 28, 2018
Thank you to donors and supporters
A special thank you to the generosity of our loyal donors and to:
- the Chemainus Health Care Centre (CHCC) for professional care, commitment and advice,
- the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary for partnership and cooperation,
- Steeples for common interests and providing working space,
- The Courier and Don Bodger for interest and reporting our activities.
2017 – Donations from a generous community
In 2017 the Foundation received $117,287.64 of which $83,839.75 was from two estates. The $33,447.89 cash donations is a significant increase from the past few years; a welcome trend. Of note was a special “Caring-in-Action” donation raised by several Grade 4 Chemainus Elementary students. This ‘younger fund-raising group’ is very encouraging! (see the photo below)
2017 –Funding Community Needs
Support to the Chemainus Health Care Centre
The Foundation provided approximately $46,440 dollars for equipment and programs at the Chemainus Health Care Centre, including the Adult Day Program. These expenditures ranged from a Life Pak defibrillator ($22,000.00) for the Urgent Care unit to $3,000.00 for 8 over-bed tables. In addition, the Foundation provided $13,440.00 for music programs for Residential Care and the Adult Day Program.
Support to those giving care at home
The Foundation granted $5,000.00 to the Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society. This non-profit Society assists those caring for loved ones at home, which can take the form of counselling, advocating and setting up appropriate connections for families. This service includes all caregivers, from teens to seniors.
The Foundation looks to the future of health care
A total of $4,500.00 in scholarships and bursaries was given to students graduating from Chemainus Secondary High School pursuing future studies in a health related field. A $1,500.00 grant was also given to a mature student resuming health related studies. Gabrielle Jones, Daniel Cheng and Teah Whitefield received the high school awards. The Mature Student Award was granted to Laura Kerr.
Administration costs kept low
The Board has no paid staff and all work is done by the volunteer Board.
The budget for the administration covers items such as audit review fees, insurance, advertising, legal fees, office supplies, mailing, etc.
2017 was a year of ‘review’ and ‘rebuilding’
Last May’s launch of our new website has proved to be very successful. The site aids in more widely promoting the Foundation, increasing donations and informing the community of our activities.
Reviews took place of each Director’s duties and a review of our constitution and bylaws resulted in updates to the document and other adjustments to meet the requirements of the new BC Societies Act.
The Adult Day Program (ADP) bus agreement with Island Health was extended for another year and has now been submitted for an extension for further five years. Changes to the ADP to include Ladysmith/Cedar became effective September, 2017. This allows 12 people per day to be part of this valuable program, but places a greater demand on the Foundation’s bus.
A review and adjustment to our budget management strategies in 2017 will strengthen the financial stability of the Foundation. Transparency and accountability remain a priority.
Retention of the palliative care room at the CHCC, which was funded by the Foundation and the Auxiliary, has been a clear objective of the Board for several years. A letter was received from Island Health confirming that “there will be no change to the bed at Chemainus Health Care Centre”. The Foundation is pleased that this important service will continue to be available in the community.
2018 and Looking Ahead
Clarifying priorities for 2018
Funding priority for 2018 has been placed on direct patient comfort and safety. This is reflected in approved funding for wireless sensor-fall mats for residents at risk and a special mattress for the End of Life Sanctuary. Hip protectors and gel pads that reduce injuries are among some of the other items purchased. As 2018 progresses, other requests are anticipated from CHCC management. Exploratory discussions are looking at modifications to the physical structures at CHCC that will improve comfort and safety for the residents.
Help improve end-of-life care in the region
As progress is made in the building of a Cowichan Valley Hospice House for the Region, the Foundation will look at ways to support this important initiative.
Respecting due process
The Foundation’s revised constitution will be submitted to the B.C. Registrar for Societies by the deadline in November, 2018.
Improving working relationships
There have been ongoing discussions with Island Health about a Memorandum of Understanding with the Foundation. It is anticipated that this will be concluded in 2018.