AGM 2018 Summary Posted April 5, 2018 by bfocornwall

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The Annual General Meeting of Bereaved Families of Ontario-Cornwall was held on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018. 17 people braved the nasty weather to join us for some great news. The meeting was chaired by the Board of Directors President, Francis Rounding.

Gisèle Roy presented the Programs & Services Report. She indicated that in 2017, all the Programs and Services were offered and have helped many clients in their grief journey: Open “Support & Share” Groups, Closed Adult Support Groups and “One-on-One” Support Sessions. She stated that a new Program had been added this past year: Perinatal Loss (for loss through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death). Attendance at our Memorial events has also increased in 2017. All of these successes are possible due to the generosity of Facilitators & Volunteers who have contributed 3989 hours of service for Bereaved Families.

Our Accountant, Andrew Shannon, provided an overview of the Bereaved Families Financial Review Report. He congratulated the Board of Directors for having made the decision to forge ahead through 2017, despite the bleak financial situation they were facing from the 2016 financial losses. He also commended the staff and volunteers for all their fine work in restoring a healthy financial outlook. He also reminded us that we cannot become complacent and that we need to continue our efforts on raising funds this coming year.

This year, Bereaved Families wished to publicly acknowledge the valuable contribution of two groups with a SPECIAL RECOGNITION PRESENTATION.


Three members of the GHOST WALK FOR CHARITY committee were in attendance to receive the Certificate of Recognition; Michael Turcotte, Michael Turcotte Jr. and David Murphy. We truly appreciate their sponsorship of our Closed Adult Support Groups for 2018.


The COMMONWELL MUTUAL INSURANCE GROUP received a Certificate of Recognition for their sponsorship of our Children’s Groups and Teen Workshops for 2018.

Our President, Francis Rounding was this year’s Speaker. He gave an impassioned account of the significance of the Programs and Services offered by our agency in this community, thanked everyone for their contribution, in their own way, to our success in 2017 and invited them to renew their commitment to Bereaved Families for the year 2018.

“We are the bereaved helping the bereaved learn to live with grief”

We thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedule to attend the Annual General Meeting. It demonstrates interest in our agency’s past, present and future!

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