Highland Shores Children’s Aid Holds 6th Annual General Meeting

September 11, 2017

At the meeting, the following nominees from existing Board Members were elected for 3-year terms (2017-2020): 

1.       Caitlin Dougherty

2.       Donalda Simmons

3.       David Slater

The Nominee elected to fulfill the final year of the 3-year term vacated by Phillip Peters is:

                       Keith Stansfield

Nora Sawyer will continue in her role as appointee, Alderville First Nation. 

Ray Dassylva has accepted the appointment to the HSCA Board from The Children’s Foundation.

The Society is awaiting confirmation of the new appointee of the Band Council of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

Returning members of the HSCA Board are: 

Michael McLeod

Elaine Philip

Anne-Marie Burrus

Jay Taugher

Alan Whyte

Marilyn Curson

Peter Knudsen and Philip Peters, both of whom recently retired from the HSCA Board, were recognized with certificates of appreciation. 

Peter Knudsen was a member of the Highland Shores Board of Directors from 2012 to 2017. Prior to that, he served on the Hastings CAS Board for 6 years.

Phillip Peters was a member of the Highland Shores Board of Directors from 2012 to 2017.  Prior to that, Phillip served on the Board for the Children’s Aid Society of Northumberland. 

Ann Garvin, who supervises the Kinship Program at Highland Shores Children’s Aid, received the JJ Kelso Award in recognition of her more than 30 years of service to child welfare.  The Board of Directors established the J. J. Kelso award to recognize outstanding contributions in the field of child welfare in our community.   J. J. Kelso was the founder of the Children's Aid Societies of Ontario. He dedicated his life to alleviating the conditions under which children lived and he also pressed for legislation for the protection of children.

Guest speaker Brandi Hildebrand, Program Manager with Mohawk Family Services, spoke about Customary Care and how it benefits Indigenous children and families.

In his Executive Director’s report, Mark Kartusch touched on the importance strong partnerships play in successfully meeting the needs of children, youth and families.  That includes partnerships with other service providers, members of local indigenous communities, school boards, provincial and federal government representatives and the general public.  As an example, in the 2016-17 fiscal year, over 200 referrals were made from Highland Shores to local community partners in Prince Edward, Hastings and Northumberland Counties.  It speaks to how “our work intersects , but also how as a community, we are working together”, he commented.

In closing, he recognized the team at Highland Shores.  “Our staff, Board members, foster parents and volunteers contribute their caring, expertise and passion every day to help create safety and well-being for many children, youth and families.  This past year we have recognized the retirement of several long-standing Highland Shores staff members.  Many of these individuals have devoted 20, 30 or more years to the field of child welfare”, he noted.

Following the Annual General Meeting the Highland Shores Children’s Aid Board of Directors appointed the Board Executive for 2017/18 as follows:

President:  Michael McLeod

Vice President:  David Slater

Secretary:  Elaine Philip

Treasurer:  Jay Taugher