Executive Director Mark Aston, incoming chair of the Board of Directors Wangari Muriuki and outgoing chair David R. Black at Fred Victor's Annual General Meeting in mid-June.
Fred Victor’s Annual General Meeting, held on June 15th at 59 Adelaide Street East, gave donors and funders, board members and staff, friends and connections, a chance to hear about our work and to receive the financial statements for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, just past.
Two board members were warmly thanked for their substantial contributions: Valerie Chavossy (secretary) and David Black (chair). The incoming board chair is Wangari Muriuki, a social service professional with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of Health Advocacy, Equity and Diversity, and Health Policy.
Three speakers, Fred Victor Health Promoter Robb Johannes, and two past clients Judy Berroa and Gerry Banks, brought thoughtful and touching perspectives to the meeting.
Robb brought his eight-year old companion, a pure-bred boxer named Hannah, who is a therapy dog, to meet the people who attended the meeting. Hannah will be available for Fred Victor staff and clients on a drop-in basis, on-call through the Health Promotions Program. Robb explained that he hopes to have more dogs available through an organization called Therapeutic Paws of Canada. Animals have long been known to provide comfort and support to humans, and especially humans who have experienced trauma and stress.
Judy very generously gave tribute to the support she received at Fred Victor’s Employment and Training Services. She is now a manager with Carillion Canada.
Gerry (right in the photo with his pastor), who was featured in the annual report, gave a speech in front of a group of people for the first time in 40 years. He talked about his life and the Fred Victor services that helped him along the way. What an amazing story he told.
A Friends Catering dinner was provided and as always heartily enjoyed by all who attended the meeting.