2019 Annual General Meeting Recap

Thank you to those of you who attended our Conference and Annual General Meeting in Penticton last month. It was a full two days of learning, sharing, and connecting. Below is a review of some key items for those that weren’t there (and those who might appreciate a recap).

Annual Report

At the AGM, I shared The Federation’s 2018-19 Annual Report with our membership. The report is also available on our website—please take a look if you have not already done so.

It contains info about our growing membership, the many initiatives we have been involved in over the past year, and some of the directions we are heading over the coming months.

Board Elections

The AGM also involved board elections. I would like to congratulate and welcome our new board members: Liz Barnett (Bloom Group), Christine Mohr (Options), Michelle Bell (Cowichan Valley Youth Services Society), and Vicki Kipps (Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Services). You can view the full list of your current Board of Directors here.

I would also like to thank outgoing board members Deborah Joyce, Ingrid Kastens, Melanie Mendonca, and Karen Dickenson Smith for their time, energy, and commitment to improving this organization.

Award for Excellence

The Annual General Meeting also saw the awarding of The Federation’s 2019 Award of Excellence to Ingrid Kastens, the outgoing ED of Pacific Community Resources Society. During Ingrid’s 30 years in leadership at PCRS, she, the agency, and its services have won dozens of awards for leadership, service excellence, innovation, inclusion, advocacy, staff well-being, and more. Congratulations!


The Federation membership took time to recognize Ingrid Kastens, Deborah Joyce, and Sandra Bryce on their retirement (or planned retirement) from the sector. All will be moving on to new things over the next few months and we wish them all the best.

We also ratified a new member at the AGM. Please join me in welcoming Eastside Family Place to The Federation.

Save the Date

Save the date for the Federation’s next learning event on October 16th and 17th in Richmond! More details will be available next week.

Rick FitzZaland
Executive Director