For a charity with limited resources, CameronHelps has experienced an “amazing” year of growth and impact, said Board Chair Randy Flewelling at the charity’s AGM held March 6 in Mississauga.
He outlined some of the highlights of the year for the charity, which included:
- A Father’s Day event which almost doubled in participants; 550 people showed up in the rain to run or walk 5 k
- Dramatic growth in the Team Unbreakable program in schools as well as the hospital and health/community program
- From a start 14 months ago, over 70 schools have introduced a Team Unbreakable program and this spring there will be up to 45 schools running a session at the same time.
- A successful Christmas concert by David Johanns with proceeds donated to the charity
- Hundreds of youth are being reached through school assemblies and information sessions
- CameronHelps hosted the first ever Team Unbreakable winter culmination event, called the Unbreakable Bold and Cold 5k
- Board Member Jennifer Brighton was certified in SafeTALK and has taught two sessions since January
- A fundraising manager was hired last fall
- A strategic retreat for Board Members was held in February
“Our goal this year is to reach as many teens as we can through our run programs and presentatons. We have identified new opportunities which has resulted in reorganizing our committee structures – – but we need more volunteers. Our capacity to help our youth is only limited by our resources,” Flewelling says. “Together we can all help to save one life at a time.”
The CameronHelps board of directors was also elected at the meeting and their biographies are posted on the CameronHelps website. CEO and founder David Harris thanked the audience and the Board and Randy Flewelling for their support.