CSNS President’s Report
Annual General Meeting September 28, 2018
Welcome to Children’s Sanctuary Namibia Society’s first AGM!
Much has been accomplished by our six person board since our first planning meeting on September 4th of 2017. We incorporated as a society, prepared the CRA, (Canada Revenue Agency), application with the able assistance of lawyer Mary Childs, hired an accountant, prioritized our first year objectives, drafted a proposed budget, created a website, were gifted with a logo designed by a professional artist, (Professor Mimi Gellman of Emily Carr University), and with the generous assistance of Jeanne and Al Fike, the efforts of Canyon Heights Primary School teachers, and support from our friendship networks, we exceeded our first year fundraising goals!
We have been inspired by the tremendous support of friends and community members who, in spite of CSNS not yet being a registered charity, generously donated time, talent, goods, services and money. Our fund raising initiatives included a House Concert at the Fike’s home in Gibsons featuring the talented Jill Shatford and fellow musicians, a workshop at the First United Spiritualist Church in Burnaby, BC, a plant sale by one of our board members that ignited interest in CSNS throughout her neighbourhood, a High Tea in honour of a board member’s birthday (again, featuring the multi-talented Jill Shatford, this time as a performance artist). Yet another board member initiated the “Pops for Namibia” campaign in Canyon Heights Primary School, selling popsicles while raising awareness of the Kindergarten program in Namibia. As well, monthly donations continue to increase on our on-line donation vehicle, Pay Pal, accessible through our website, www.childrenssanctuarynamibiasociety.com
Helge Mercker, our inspiration and agent in Namibia, with active participation from her Childrens Sanctuary Namibia board members, ensured the success of our first project, the Sanveld Kindergarten Food Program, providing two meals daily, five days a week, for 44 children of the San community of Drimiopsis.
We are expecting imminent approval from CRA of our application for charitable status.
Gratefully, we enter our second year with the expectation of becoming a registered Canadian Charity, opening yet more doors and hearts, and transforming the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in Drimiopsis, Namibia!
With love and appreciation,