The Carlington Summit

At our Sept. Meeting, the Board of Directors of Carlington Community and Health Services ratified an ambitious workplan for the centre for the period to June 2000. Goals include a review of Bylaws, development of Board policies and procedures, and an increased participation in the Provincial and National Associations of Community Health Centres.

In addition, and in collaboration with our community health and resource centre partners in the Region, we plan to continue to dialog with our area politicians. We are also hoping to develop a framework for a Regional Fundraising Foundation. Increased membership in the Centre, both individual and corporate, is also a goal.

The Board's standing committees including Finance, Fundraising/Public Relations and Planning are expected to undertake much of the work.

The revised budget for 99/2000 was tabled and accepted.

At the Sept. Board Meeting we also received our first comprehensive report from Joann Michels, the Manager of our new Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT), providing community based mental health. The program is growing well, staffing is complete except for one position, and we now serve over 20 clients. The Centre is partnering with the other ACT Teams in the Region to provide a single point-of-entry into the system, an efficiency above funder expectations.

At our Oct. meeting we received a briefing from Ali Black, Health Promotion Co-ordinator, on the many programs offered through the Centre. We also heard that the Centre is Y2K ready.

Volunteers are always welcomed.