At its annual general meeting held last Wednesday, Rimbey Neighbourhood Place Society reviewed the last year and established its new executive.
The meeting, held at noon at the Blindman Youth Action Centre was attended by four board members and program co-ordinator Leanne Evans. Next year’s executive is chairman Lynne Ings, vice chairman, Kathleen Hull-Beagle, treasurer, Fran Osokin and co-ordinator for parent link Samantha Sansone. Paul Payson is council’s representative on Neighborhood Place.
In her coordinator’s report Evans pointed out the importance of the board and how much they are appreciated and valued for the work they do.
“Sitting on a board sometimes may seem like it is not doing important things but without you, important things wouldn’t happen. Your support and guidance is appreciated and does not go unnoticed.”
Board chairman Lynne Ings returned the compliment, noting Evans work ethic and dedication is very much appreciated.
Activities of Neighborhood place in 2013 began with a family fair held in January.
The community wellness group (part of Neighborhood Place) has done its part to bring awareness to the community about bullying and family violence. As well as showing a movie on bullying, they ran a series in the Review relating to bullying and family violence.
The group has also done a distribution blitz of bullying and family violence information in businesses and churches.
The community wellness group also participated in the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week Community Information Fair where a display for elder abuse was set up. Mental Health First Aid classes have been held twice.
As Neighborhood Place coordinator, Evans attended the volunteer fair, the women’s conference, trade fair, senior’s week and mass registration as well as several other community functions.
Neighborhood Place participated in fundraising barbecues for the Early Childhood Development Coalition and Community Wellness as well as one for Neighborhood Place, itself.
“These were great opportunities to touch base with the community and show our face,” said Evans.
The next board meeting is to be held January 13 at 3:30 p.m. at the Blindman Youth Action Centre.