A message from CFSSC Executive Director, Michelle Bergin:
As CFSSC approaches its 40th anniversary, we launched our new strategic plan that points to expanded services and improved client outcomes.
The groundwork has been laid for this future. In 2017, we met the standards to renew our Catholic Charities membership, and welcomed five new directors under the leadership of first-year board president Laurie van den Hurk. We also saw our staff size grow with the addition of a Huntsville location for a Walk-In Clinic and for Individual, Couple and Family Counselling.
In addition to internal program expansion, CFSSC is committed to forging new partnerships to increase our capacity to address community service gaps:
- Partnering with New Path Youth and Family Services for an all-ages Walk-In Counselling Clinic to give everyone equal access to mental-health services.
- Collaborating with CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre to provide its staff with clinical supervision and secondment of staff for the CBT Structured Psychotherapy Project.
- Working with local Catholic parishes on Parish Outreach to Seniors (POTS), a new initiative to decrease social isolation. Its popularity sparked the Slow Cooker Club, a community-wide course building friendships and food-preparation skills.
As CFSSC staff works on re-accreditation and our new strategic directions in 2018, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the entire team for the high quality of service provided to date.
New Board President, Laurie van den Hurk, shares her vision:
As Board President, I hope to continue to develop the capacity of the board to work as a team, drawing on the wisdom and strengths of each, sharing the agency’s mission and values. I want board members to feel joy when they come together for meetings and satisfaction in knowing that their service makes a difference in helping some of those in our community who are suffering. You are the backbone of our agency. It has been a privilege to support the work you do across the many locations we serve.
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