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Community Care Durham welcomes new board members and president

Community Care Durham welcomes new board members and president

44th Annual General Meeting highlighted response to COVID-19

Community Care Durham (CCD) welcomed some new members to its Board of Directors and bid farewell to its long-serving President Wendy Marks on June 28 as it held its 44th Annual General Meeting.

With more than 80 participants online, the organization thanked Marks as she stepped down as President. She had served in this position since 2018.  Marks first joined the Board in 2012 after seeing an ad in a local newspaper. As a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator who previously worked in hospital, she said CCD was a good fit for her.

“When I saw the posting for the Board of Directors, I knew it was a place I wanted to be involved with and was so impressed with their values and commitment to the community,” she said.

David Sudbury is CCD’s new President as the Board of Directors increases its membership from nine to 13. In addition to Sudbury, elected members for 2021-2022 include Helen Brenner, Jennifer Cree, Marsha Ely, Charlotte Empringham, Lorrie Hagen, May Lewars, Lisa McCoy, Neghesti Gebru, Katelyn Ostropolec, Alina Popa, Matt Snyder, and Keith Tournay.

CCD CEO James Meloche welcomed the new board members and paid tribute to Marks for her outstanding service.

“It’s an exciting time at CCD with so many talented people at the board table,” he said. “Wendy’s leadership has helped both myself and the Board grow. She was a very effective President, and I will miss her.”

The Board recognized outstanding volunteers and partners at the meeting:

The Lifetime Membership Award was presented to outgoing President Wendy Marks to recognize her distinguished service to CCD as both a board member and president.

The Pickering-Ajax Community Hub Lifetime Membership Award went to Carol Breen who has volunteered as a Transportation driver for 21 years.

Norton Conklin received The North Durham Community Hub – Brock Lifetime Membership Award. A Transportation volunteer in Beaverton, Norton is very understanding of clients’ diverse needs.

The North Durham Community Hub – Uxbridge Lifetime Membership Award went to Terry Robertson. As a 17-year volunteer, she has delivered Meals on Wheels with CCD and provided drives to clients, including into Toronto, for appointments.

The North Durham Community Hub – Scugog Lifetime Membership Award went to Lloyd Pereman, who was praised for going above and beyond for clients.

The Clarington Community Hub Lifetime Membership Award went to long-time volunteer Ann Julicher who has provided 33 years of continuous service delivering Meals on Wheels and scheduling volunteers.

The Whitby-Oshawa Community Hub Lifetime Membership Award went to Ann Fitzgerald, who has volunteered for 29 years through Meals on Wheels.

The Lynn Morrall Award went to Niveria Vianna. The award goes to a volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment to CCD’s COPE Mental Health program.

The Brent Farr Award went to Linden Hoogkamp. The award pays tribute to CCD’s former Executive Director and his contribution to the community and its more vulnerable people. It is awarded to a deserving student based on merit with a focus on community service.

The Town of Ajax was presented with a Community Service Recognition Award for its support and partnership with Community Care Durham, providing free space at the Audley Recreation Centre to help launch CCD’s Community Food Box program at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

CCD also recognized The Municipality of Clarington with a Community Service Recognition Award for its support of CCD over the past year. The municipality arranged for CCD’s offices to remain open during the pandemic and supported the organization by donating $27,000 to CCD through its annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament.

The Corporate Leadership Award went to Oshawa Senior Community Centres in recognition of its support of CCD’s Community Food Box program. Over the past year OSCC’s transportation staff helped collect produce from local farms and the food terminal in Peterborough to stock the boxes and helped with the delivery in east Durham.  CCD and OSCC have also collaborated on delivering services to shared clients in Oshawa and on Accreditation policies and guidelines.

CCD staff were the evening’s keynote speakers providing updates on the organization’s Quality and Safety initiatives, Community Food Box, Adult Day Program and COPE Mental Health program.  Their presentations highlighted the resiliency of staff, volunteers and clients in keeping services going over the past year and lessons learned in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A complete recording of the AGM is available below: