Peterborough AGM celebrates past, looks to future
Agency gearing up for an exciting 2012-13
Monday June 18, 2012 -- Deron Hamel
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Community Living Peterborough’s 59th annual general meeting (AGM) was all about looking to the future and celebrating successes achieved in the past year.
The June 12 event held at the Peterborough Lions Community Centre was also an opportunity to officially introduce this year’s theme: “Be informed. Be involved. Be inclusive.”
Community Living Peterborough operations director Barb Hiland says this year’s theme largely sums up the agency’s goals for 2012-13.
“The message says, more or less, everything we want to achieve through the agency, and we want the community to be informed about all that we achieve, we want people to be involved so they can participate and contribute, and being inclusive is what we do — and we want everyone (to be inclusive),” she tells Community Living Leaders.
Hiland also notes that 2012-13 marks Community Living Peterborough’s 60th anniversary and activities celebrating the agency’s accomplishments will be hosted throughout the year.
During the next year the agency will also be focusing on the Home of Our Own: 100 Homes for 100 People campaign, which is dedicated to finding housing solutions for the 100 people living with an intellectual disability currently on the supportive-housing waiting list in Peterborough.
The meeting was also a time to reflect on some of the successes the agency achieved in 2011-12. These successes include Community Living Peterborough Young Women's Leadership Group meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in May; the Skydiggers show at Market Hall in April, which helped raise money for the 100 Homes for 100 People campaign; a bus tour that brought to light the positive impact the agency is having on Peterborough; and building community partnerships.
Community Living Peterborough board president Craig Adams officially stepped down from his position, after serving on the board for six years. A formal introduction was made to welcome Carolyn Rodd, who has been active with Community Living Peterborough for many years, as the board’s new president.
Rodd says she’s looking forward to her role working with the board, adding she has known its members many years and appreciates the team effort they bring to the table.
The agency also recognized this year’s Community Living Peterborough Awards of Excellence winners. These accolades are given to people who have shown commitment to the community living movement in a variety of ways.
Awards are given out to recognize employers, youth leaders, media, community partners, educational institutions and agency staff members.
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