Annual Report 2016
The CSPD will support our individuals throughout their lifespan to be valued, contributing members of their community. We will encourage family and support network participation, access to educational pursuits and healthy options. We will do this by practicing the following values as we work:
To work collaboratively and cooperatively to help everyone reach their goals and improve their lives.
To respect all individuals for their unique abilities, qualities and emotions, as well as showing regard and consideration for them and their property.
To develop the ability to act effectively or creatively, especially in difficult situations.
To have an awareness of each person’s unique situation and to work to understand their feelings, actions and motivations.
To create authentic connections with our clients and to have a vested interest in developing meaningful relationships.
To increase the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.
The CSPD supports individuals throughout their lifespan to be valued, contributing members of their community. This year’s report focuses on our client’s abilities and how our values allow these abilities to shine, helping our clients reach their greatest potential and lead happy, fulfilling lives.
This past year CSPD employees came together and through focus groups and conversations established a set of values that form the framework for how we engage with our clients, families, stakeholders and each other. Six key values were identified: teamwork, empathy, connecting, respect, resourcefulness, and empowerment. These values will guide the organization today and well into the future.
The CSPD is extremely proud of its forty-two year history of supporting persons with developmental disabilities and the reputation we’ve earned as an unparalleled service provider. That’s forty-two years of providing the very best support for our many clients – all of whom have their own needs and challenges. Last year the organization took part in the Creating Excellence Together (CET) program and was awarded accreditation for meeting the Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) standards of quality care. These standards are the provincial benchmark for evaluating an organization’s commitment to ensuring both quality of life and quality of service for its clients. The CET is conducted every three years and we’re proud to say that once again the CSPD received outstanding results.
As always, fundraising continues to play an essential role in supporting CSPD initiatives that are not covered by governmental funds. Over the years we’ve seen an outpouring of assistance from the friends and families of the Society whose donations have helped make our goals a reality. We continue to cherish their generosity. This past year we participated in several fundraising initiatives, like our long-running AGLC casino and Fashionable events. In May 2016 we participated in a new fundraising opportunity, our first-ever Scotiabank Challenge. The earnings from this latest fundraiser will go directly towards purchasing a much-needed specialized bathing system at a cost of twenty eight thousand dollars.
At the time of writing this report the CSPD is working under our fourth contract extension set to expire on March 31st, 2017. A new contract is in the works, however negotiations are underway with the Ministry of Human Services to establish a contract that better serves our organization. This creates uncertainty for our clients, families, employees and Board of Directors. It’s challenging to plan for the future when we don’t know how the new contract will impact our services, including the plans to build an Activity Centre for our aging clients.
As we reflect upon this year, we’d like to offer a heartfelt thank-you to all of our dedicated, generous and compassionate employees who continue to be the foundation of our organization. We’d also like to congratulate the nine recipients who are receiving service awards, as well as those receiving client and staff recognition awards. We are honoured to recognize each and every one of you within this report.
Through the values we embody as an organization, the dedication of our staff and service providers and the boundless positivity of our clients, we show the world what true ability looks like. Because around here we know that what you can do is far more meaningful than what you can’t.
Claire is receiving her five year service award as well as the 2016 staff recognition award. Claire works full time at the Wildwood Community Home and is a true advocate for the clients that she supports. She provides amazing guidance and treats everyone with the respect they deserve. Claire is always empowering those around her to flourish and meet their goals. She is a real inspiration and loved by everyone for her caring and dedication.
Five years and still going strong. Roussa is an integral part of the team at 38th Street. He is always lending a helping hand and has a genuine connection with the individuals he works with. Roussa has an infectious smile that makes you just beam when you are in his presence.
Innocent wears many hats within the CSPD organization. Not only does he work in one of the Community Homes he is also a part of our Community Access Program. In doing so he participates in many activities that help others and support the clients. Innocent displays amazing resourcefulness and can be counted on to do whatever is needed. You can often see Innocent travelling the roads with clients in tow.
Chinwe has worked in a relief residential support worker position and has just recently started in a permanent position in our Community Access program. Chinwe again and again proves herself to be a hardworking, easy going, dedicated individual who makes a positive impact on the individuals that she supports. Her genuine caring and compassion is especially comforting to our clients and families.
Nancy has a natural ability to empower those around her. She focuses on providing choice and providing the necessary information people need to make decisions. Nancy connects deeply with those around her and develops meaningful connections and links. Nancy has so many gifts to share and does so selflessly. She is a real asset to CSPD.
Nancy has worked with the CSPD for the past five years in a relief residential support worker position. In this position she has worked in all the Community Homes. She has a terrific attitude that is contagious with clients and co-workers; everyone looks forward to when Nancy will be working with them.
Sunday has been a source of inspiration at the CSPD since 2011. He has made many contributions in the past five years and is known for his incredible work ethic which parents, clients, and co-workers so greatly respect. He always makes everyone’s day just a little brighter and can be counted on to do his very best in every situation. The CSPD is proud to have Sunday as part of our team.
Vicki has played a role in advocating on behalf of our clients for the past ten years and is skillful in seeking community resources to best meet their ever-changing needs. She is continuously going above and beyond what is expected just to make a difference in the lives of others. Vicki is highly respected by everyone around her and has developed lifelong relationships with those she supports in the Independent Living with Supports program.
Congratulations to Della for providing 20 years of outstanding service and dedication to the CSPD, our clients and their families. In her role as Program Coordinator she exemplifies the values of the CSPD. Della is a respected member of the Management Team and works collaboratively with the residential support teams and stakeholders in the best interest of the CSPD clients.
Della is resourceful and offers many creative ideas to enrich the lives of our clients – for example, the use of technology to help improve their living situation. Each client is unique and therefore requires an individualized approach to service planning. Della’s creativity and mentoring has had a very positive influence in helping CSPD clients reach their goals and overcome their challenges. Every year Della devotes countless hours to discussing and understanding what’s important to the clients she works with, including working on their annual goals.
She has been instrumental in empowering clients to fully participate in their Annual Life Plan meeting, at which time their goals are shared with residential team members, families, PDD Client Services Coordinators, external programs, and anyone else who is important to the individual. It is remarkable to see how successful our clients are when they are listened to and supported in reaching their goals.
The CSPD is honoured to recognize Della, a person who leads by example and demonstrates true compassion and understanding for those she supports.
14 years ago Taryn came to the CSPD on the eve of turning 20 years old. Of course being one of the youngest CSPD clients at the time, she brought a lot of spunk and enthusiasm for life with her. Over the years we have been able to watch Taryn broaden her skills, mature with the experiences she’s gained, and become the wonderful woman she is today.
Taryn is a real standout in many ways. Her sensitive disposition means she’s always thoughtful with everyone around her, including her ever-appreciative roommates. She’s also very outgoing and friendly and loves to socialize with others in the community, at her leisure programs and at agency events.
She continues to strive to meet her potential and puts focused effort into reaching the goals she sets for herself. She’s eager to earn paid employment someday and to that end she works hard and shows great passion in her many volunteer roles.
Another one of Taryn’s goals is to learn to play the guitar and as anyone around the CSPD can tell you, she’s well on her way. She has a real connection to music and when she’s not playing she especially loves to show off her free spirited dance moves.
One of the things people appreciate most about Taryn is her compassion. She’s always on hand to offer positive words and help cheer up others who are struggling or having a bad day, particularly her roommates. Her compassion extends to all those around her as she even practices her sign language skills to connect with those clients who don’t communicate verbally.
Taryn is a delight to be around and her zest for life is infectious. We’re happy to be honouring her this year and recognizing her many achievements.
Dawn joined the CSPD in the Independent Living Program May 1st, 1997 and during her 19 years with CSPD she influenced us all with her kind heart and thoughtfulness.
Dawn loved her independence but also looked forward to the support time she had from the CSPD. Over the years she developed long and trusting relationships with her CSPD team and through these relationships she was able to realize her many ambitions. Dawn was an enthusiastic crafter and held a job at a Michaels Crafts Store. Even after she retired she continued to enjoy crafting and making beautiful greeting cards - cards that she sold at our CSPD Office.
Dawn was also an excellent money manager and was able to save for and purchase many things that improved her quality of life, like a leather couch, chair and Smart TV, or devices that kept her connected to friends and family, like an iPhone and iPad. But her gift with money didn’t stop there. She also liked saving money for others and started a Coin Drive that successfully raised over $1,300 for CSPD Seniors Projects – a cause she was passionate about.
Dawn liked staying busy and attended many city celebrations and events, including The Women’s Show where she was an honoured guest and had the opportunity to meet all the celebrities from The Young and the Restless.
Dawn was also a big animal lover, befriending dogs and horses alike.
We’ll all remember Dawn best for her infectious smile, tenacious attitude towards life, her charity, volunteerism, and advocating for her staff, her peers and herself.
A bright light has grown dim with her passing.
Robin resided at her parents’ home until 1985 when she was welcomed to the CSPD. For two years she lived in Residence #1 on Spruce Drive until she moved into the 37th street Community Home to live with her sister Wendy, where she resided until her passing.
Beginning in 2009 Robin attended L’Arche during the day and always looked forward to their special events and celebrations. Robin had a quiet and shy manner about her but also a big spirit. She was a determined woman with dreams around fashion, and beauty. You could see this in her favorite pastime, leisurely flipping through pages of fashion magazines and cutting out the glamorous pictures.
Robin loved to express herself through her own personal style and you would often spot her dressed up in one of her favorite outfits, usually something pink or glittery, with her hair curled or pinned back with a treasured hair clip, fingernails painted. When others complimented her on her style she would respond with a beautiful little smile.
Robin also enjoyed getting out and attending events, like the Calgary Women’s show, and she especially loved music. Her favorite animals were cats and she would mimic the sounds of kittens meowing, especially when she was happy and content. Above all her family was most important to her and she was eager to spend weekends at Mom’s with her sister.
She will be greatly missed by her family and her CSPD friends.
There are no goodbyes, only until we meet again.
We have audited the accompanying financial statements of Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities which comprise the Statement of Financial Position as at March 31, 2016 and the Combined Statement of Operations, Statement of Changes in Net Assets, Statement of Cash Flows, Fundraising Statement of Operations, Residence Statement of Operations, Persons with Developmental Disabilities Statement of Operations and Casino Statement of Operations for the year then ended and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.
Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not for profit organizations and for such internal control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.
An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditors’ judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditors consider internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies need and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our unqualified audit opinion.
In our opinion these financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Society as at March 31, 2016 and its financial performance and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not for profit organizations.
Combined Statement of Operations
For the Year Ended March 31, 2016
|Government operating contract||3,196,461||3,093,794|
|Room and board and rental income||203,825||209,800|
|Fundraising and casino||95,622||84,445|
|Interest income (Note 5)||2,407||3,237|
|C.M.H.C. mortgage subsidy||-||2,626|
|Interest and bank charges||958||1,292|
|Office and supplies||33,786||46,666|
|Repairs and renovations||30,031||23,470|
|Small appliances and linens||10,694||8,807|
|Staff and community relations||28,174||33,291|
|Supportive roommate contract||438,220||426,056|
|Telephone and utilities||46,939||46,972|
|Wages and benefits||2,678,916||2,601,300|
EXCESS (DEFICIENCY) OF INCOME OVER EXPENSES BEFORE THE FOLLOWING
GAIN ON DISPOSAL OF PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT
EXCESS OF INCOME OVER EXPENSES
Bill & Nancy Hay
Arley & Myra Cocks
United Way / Donor’s Choice
Sean & Carla Vosburgh
Alex Prediger & Teresa Engel
United Way / Donor’s Choice
United Way / Donor’s Choice
RBC thru Canada Helps
Gatespar Holding Ltd.
Horizon Group Professional Accountant
Berry, Charlotte & Ryan Baran
in memory of Robin White
in memory of Robin White
Yvon & Sylvia Belanger
Hienz & Sharon Doerr
Dave & Val Hamilton
Pheobe & Don Kesteven
United Way / Donor’s Choice
Danny & Linda Klepper
Gerald & Margaret Law
Margaret & Lloyd Rodway
Lloyd & Trudy Wilson
Cramwell Services Inc
Apex Pharmacies Ltd.
Diamond 7 Ranch
MGR LTD / Workplace Matters
Clint & Gill Bell
Joe & Hazel Cockbain
Mauro Di Benedetto
Andrew & Christine Greenslade
Leigh & Heather Smithson
Brian & Deborah Hunt
Calgary Women’s Show - Donation of Tickets
Modelling at Fashionable Gathering
Sandstone Pharmacies - Christmas Party Gift Bags
Cheques may be mailed to our office address Credit card or PayPal donations may be made through www.canadahelps.org - search for CSPD.
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