Annual Report 2017
The Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities (CSPD) supports individuals throughout their lifespan to be valued, contributing members of society. Our Mission is supporting Adults with Developmental Disabilities to reach their greatest potential through quality residential services and community access. Many of our clients and families have been with us for decades and The Society is proud of its 43-year history.
The success of the CSPD is largely dependent on the dedication of our employees and our partnership with the Government of Alberta. This past year the CSPD collaborated with the Ministry of Community and Social Services on three initiatives to meet the needs of our clients and families. A new contract was signed with the Ministry for April 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2018. This contract means a new way of doing business with the Ministry, however there should not be a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of our clients and families. The second initiative is when the Ministry made the decision to withdraw the Procurement Process. This means our services will not be tendered, ensuring continuity for the organization. The third initiative concerned new Safety Standards that would have been costly and problematic for implementing upgrades to existing homes. Safety and mitigating risk is a number one priority for the CSPD – a responsibility we share with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. These partnerships are vital to the success of the CSPD. By partnering with the Ministry, our MLA, PDD, and our clients and families, the CSPD clients are able to live full and enriched lives.
Fund Development continues to be a key focus for our organization and is an essential part of how we live up to our mission and provide quality services for our clients. This past year we embarked on two new fundraisers. The first was Burn ‘n Mahn - a duelling pianos and silent auction event. This fun filled event was much enjoyed by our clients, family members, employees and friends of the CSPD. The second event was an art fundraiser inspired by talented artist and the CSPD client, Brian Cocks. Brian generously donated the proceeds raised from the sale of his art.
Perhaps our biggest fundraising success this past year came through our participation in The Scotiabank Charity Challenge. The funds from the Challenge went directly to purchasing a specialized bathing system at a cost of twenty thousand dollars. This equipment has made an immense difference in the health and wellbeing of our clients. This year we hope to raise another twenty thousand towards replacing our aging van. Reliable transportation is important to our clients and enables them to attend their daily programs, trips within Calgary and surrounding areas, as well as various vacation destinations.
The CSPD would also like to extend a special thanks to the families and friends of The Society. Over the years we’ve received generous donations of time, help and funds. Our families and friends continue to act as an invaluable support network that allows us to provide full and enriched lives for our clients.
In closing, we would like to express our deep felt appreciation to all our dedicated employees. Their tireless work ethic, positivity and compassion have changed lives for the better. They continue to be the bedrock upon which the successes of the CSPD have been built. Our overwhelming thanks goes out to all of our employees and to the recipients of this year’s service awards, ranging from five to ten years of service. We are honoured to recognize each and every one of you within this report. We’d like to give a special mention to Agata Morales, a valued Team Leader who has been with the CSPD for eighteen years and is this year’s recipient of the Employee Recognition Award. We’d also like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Jamie Law. Jamie has been a client with the CSPD for twenty-nine years and is being honoured with this year’s Client Recognition Award.
Congratulations go out this year to Charlotte Makinde on receiving her Five Year Service Award. Charlotte began working with CSPD as a Residential Relief Support Worker in 2012. In this position, Charlotte has worked in all the Community Homes. She has a positive attitude and is always full of optimism and hope that shines through in everything she does. The clients at CSPD look forward to Charlotte coming to work and find her to be very helpful and inspiring. Charlotte’s co-workers admire her dedication and flexibility, as well as her drive to always do what she can to make someone else’s day brighter. We feel honoured to have an employee of Charlotte’s calibre and hope to be able to work alongside her for many more years.
CSPD is pleased to be presenting Che with his Five Year Service Award. Che demonstrates a strong commitment to the clients he supports, both as a Supportive Roommate and in his work within CSPD’s Day Program. His interactions are always positive and professional, and alongside his great attitude and thoughtful approaches, he’s always a pleasure to work with. Che can always be counted on to help with CSPD functions and special events, he is a true asset and someone we are very pleased to have on our team.
Debbie Onwu has been an extremely valuable asset to CSPD in the five years she has been with us. In her role as a Relief Residential Support Worker, she can always be counted on to help out in a pinch. Debbie has great relationships with everyone she interacts with and is known for being a pleasure to work with. When it comes to embodying CSPD’s values and what it means to be an outstanding staff member, Debbie is undoubtedly a role model. We all recognize how lucky we are to have her in our employ. Thank you Debbie, here’s to many more years of getting to work alongside you.
CSPD is very pleased to recognize Gole Sarvestani for her Five Year Service Award. Gole began working with CSPD in 2012 as a Residential Relief Support Worker, since that time she has advanced to permanent positions in various Community Homes. We are so very pleased that she continues to put her vast knowledge and expertise to use with the clients that she supports. Gole is very hard working, easy going, and makes a positive impact on everyone that she supports, co-workers and clients alike. Her ability to accept change and work within the various locations has made her a real asset to CSPD. Congratulations to Gole on five years of service.
There is so much to say about Lynette Persaud. We’ve been so privileged to work alongside this amazing woman for the past ten years. Lynette plays a key role in advocating on behalf of our clients and is highly skilled in bringing out the best in those around her. She is admired for her dedication, flexibility, and her drive to always be there when needed. We always look forward to hearing about where Lynette’s travels have taken her and what achievements she is reaching in her life. Her work ethic is second to none and she is respected by everyone she encounters. It has been an honour to be graced with someone of her calibre for the past ten years.
Best wishes are extended to Thora Ndembe for receiving her Ten Year Service Award. Thora started with CSPD in 2007, she worked her hardest and displayed an amazing amount of skill and ambition from the very beginning. She has worked most of her career with CSPD at the Rosscarrock A Community Home and is currently the Team Leader there. She has been dedicated to supporting those lucky ladies with an exceptional capacity for compassion and care that is rarely seen. Thora has shown a real aptitude for organization and leadership, and has made a positive impact on running the Rosscarrock A Community Home. She has been instrumental in ensuring that positive and meaningful support continues to be provided. Thora is also always there to support and lend encouragement to her co-workers – something they greatly respect. The contributions she has made to CSPD over the past decade have earned her the admiration of parents, clients, and co-workers alike. Congratulations Thora, we wish you many more fulfilling years with CSPD. We would also like to extend a special congratulations to Thora on attaining her Canadian citizenship this year, she’s now excited to call herself a proud Canadian.
Jamie came to CSPD 31 years ago when he was 29 years old. In the beginning he lived very independently with minimal supports. Shortly after, he moved into the supported roommate model, an arrangement he enjoyed for many years. However, in 2015, Jamie moved to the 72nd Street Community Home. This new living situation was a big change for Jamie, it was a move across the city and away from the neighbourhood he called home. Jamie has since grown comfortable in his Community Home setting, living with three housemates and supported by a team of staff. They all appreciate Jamie’s helpfulness around the house and enjoy his good mood, hearty laugh, and great sense of humour. Jamie also attends DDRC’s Day Program and is celebrating 30 years of employment with Safeway at Glenmore Landing. In addition to work responsibilities, Jamie is also enrolled in Financial Literacy with the Transitional Vocational Program at Mount Royal University; a program started by his father and mother - Gerry and Margaret Law. Jamie will be celebrating his 60th Birthday in November of this year. He is considering a cruise to celebrate this milestone, as well as a party with his friends and extended family. Jamie is very social and has made many friends within CSPD and the larger community. Congratulations Jamie!
Agata Morales is most deserving of this award. The words her team used when nominating her for this award say it the best: “Agata shows immense love, kindness, gratefulness, dedication, flexibility, caring, effectiveness, commitment, work ethic, sacrifice - her character has us in awe”. How do you go on from that? Agata’s leadership emphasizes team effort, guidance and respect. She has cleverly utilized individual strengths to build a talented team, an approach that has greatly benefited the home life of the clients she supports. Agata has worked with CSPD since 1999 and she is our first two-time winner of this award. If anything speaks to what kind of leader Agata is, it’s the fact that the team she leads has been working together for an unprecedented fifteen years, creating the most amazing and secure environment for the ladies they support. Agata works tirelessly to ensure that all the needs of her team and the clients are met, she is non-judgemental and always willing to help out wherever needed. Agata embodies CSPD’s values and we consider ourselves so very fortunate to continue to have someone of her calibre and character in our midst. As her team puts it “Agata is a one of a kind Team Leader”. Congratulations Agata, we can’t thank you enough.
On behalf of the clients, families, employees, and the Board of Directors, we would like to congratulate Della on her retirement and express our appreciation to her for 20 years of outstanding service. In her role as Program Coordinator, she exemplified the mission and values of the organization, while her hard work and contributions have enriched the lives of our clients. Much credit goes out to Della for the success of CSPD and our accomplishments. Her strong work ethic and knowledge has been a tremendous benefit to the organization. Thank you Della, for 20 years of service and the role you played in providing quality service to our clients and families. We will always be grateful for your contributions and dedication. Wishing you all the best in your retirement. Happy gardening!
Katherine came to CSPD in March 2001. Over the 15 years she was with us, she proved to be a very determined individual who always offered a smile, kind word, or caring gesture. Katherine passed away on September 19, 2016 at the age of 63. She was born in High River, Alberta to Tony and Barbara Lee. The eldest of two daughters, Katherine spent her early years living in Pincher Creek and Calgary. In 1962, the family moved to Lagos, Nigeria for four years, then to Houston, Texas before returning to Calgary where Katherine was starting high school. Family holidays were spent exploring the world and by the time Katherine was 15, she had travelled extensively throughout Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the UK. Her favourite place was Barbados, where the family travelled frequently to visit grandparents, family, and friends. Many hours of her youth were spent swimming in the blue waters of the Caribbean, hunting for seashells on its sandy beaches, or hanging out under the coconut trees with her cousins. Katherine never lost her love for travel and was always ready to participate in any adventure, no matter how big or small. The voyage was as important as the destination and nothing could undermine her enjoyment when she was out and about in the world.
She met Steven Shaddick at work in 1980, they were married in June 1986, and the couple celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2016. She embraced Steven’s family and they her. Katherine adored being married, rarely doing anything apart from her beloved Steven. After moving into their own home, they both developed a passion for gardening. Consistent with Katherine’s generous nature, they gave the bulk of the crops away to family and friends. Katherine was a brave and determined person. She resolutely insisted on living her life on her terms, no matter what obstacles were placed in front of her; including the gradual loss of her ability to walk, the loss of her physical independence, and her cancer diagnosis in 2013. Katherine made the world a better place just by being in it and we will all remember her kind, generous, and loving spirit.
Sandy Hyciek sadly passed away at the age of 48 on May 3rd, 2017. Sandy was a client of CSPD in our Community Support Program for almost 20 years. Over the years, Sandy proved to be a one-of-a-kind special guy, with a great sense of humour and various interests and achievements. He was extremely proud of being a competitive swimmer in the Special Olympics, and was part of a team of Canadian athletes who travelled to China in 2007 to compete on the world stage. He returned from Shanghai a big winner, with silver and bronze medals. Sandy was not only a talented and dedicated athlete, he also had a dynamic personality and made friends easily. Whether on the dance floor, at the bowling alley, or at a CSPD special event, he could charm anyone with his bright smile and that twinkle in his eye. He enjoyed time with family, friends, co-workers, and his fellow athletes - including his long time best friends Scott and Eileen, the three of which were inseparable over the years. If you saw one of them, you didn’t have to look very far to find the others. Even though Sandy liked to joke and have fun, he was also very kind and caring. His wonderful presence in all our lives will surely be missed.
The Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities’ 43rd Annual Report coincides with Canada’s 150th Birthday. As Canadians, we are proud of our country and the reputation we have throughout the world. The same goes for CSPD, we are proud of our organization and the reputation we have in our province.
We are known for providing exceptional supports and going the extra distance for our clients and families. Our employees are caring and compassionate Canadians. Some have recently received their Canadian citizenship, and others have ancestors who immigrated to Canada many generations ago.
As we acknowledge our employees and the extra distance they are willing to go, we would like to share a story of a once in a lifetime journey that three of our clients made across our beautiful country. In October, three ladies from the Wildwood Community Home - Shirley, Angela, and Michelle - traveled by train to PEI to celebrate Angela’s Mother’s 95th Birthday. Our dedicated staff organized the trip, and along with a parent, accompanied the ladies on this great Canadian adventure.
CSPD has long been an organization that welcomes employees with wide-ranging backgrounds. This diversity has enriched the lives of our clients, their families, the staff, and our organization as a whole. To embrace difference is not just a Canadian value, it is also a CSPD value.
To all our clients, families, employees, government partners, and friends - we wish you a Happy Canada Day on July 1st, a time to truly be proud to be a Canadian.
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, 2017 and the Combined Statement of Operations and 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, 2017 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 and Changes in Net Assets
For the Year Ended March 31, 2017
|Government operating contract||3,268,898||3,196,461|
|Room and board and rental income||195,300||203,825|
|Fundraising and casino||95,637||95,622|
|Interest income (Note 5)||2,491||2,407|
|Interest and bank charges||807||958|
|Office and supplies||33,738||33,786|
|Repairs and renovations||37,981||30,031|
|Small appliances and linens||8,570||10,694|
|Staff and community relations||31,012||28,174|
|Telephone and utilities||46,122||46,939|
|Wages and benefits*||3,187,369||3,117,136|
EXCESS OF INCOME OVER EXPENSES
NET ASSETS, beginning of year
Excess of income over expenses
NET ASSETS, end of year
*The supportive roommate contract for the year end 2017 has been moved to wages and benefits.
Arley & Myra Cocks
Hay Family Fund
Alex Prediger & Teresa Engel
Everybody Benefits Inc.
Gatespar Holding Ltd.
Carla and Sean Vosburgh
Sylvia & Yvon Belanger
David & Katrin Cheney
Mauro Di Benedetto
Heinz & Sharon Doerr
Gryhon Benefits & Insurance
Mickey (Ursula) Greiner
Dave & Val Hamilton
Danny & Linda Klepper
Margaret & Lloyd Rodway
Janice & Robin Tudor
Lloyd & Trudy Wilson
Erin J. Kuzyk Professional Corp
Canada Helps Monthly Donation
Thru Canada Helps
Thru Cenovus Employee Program
Thru United Way
Thru United Way
Leigh & Heather Smithson
Quality of Life Challenge - Scotiabank Marathon Team Participants
Total Amount Raised - $19,054
Rambo’s Rowdy Rollers
Global Pet Foods Globetrotters
The Walkie Talkies
Burn ’n Mahn Duelling Pianos Event
Total Amount Raised - $5,050
4 movie tickets
Light up a Child’s Life
Calaway Park & Cerebral Palsy Assoc
Silent Auction/Door Prizes for Burn’n Mahn Duelling Pianos
Shoppers Drug Mart - Aspen Landing
Tim Hortons Gift Basket
Global Pet Foods - Pet Goodie Basket
United Steel Workers Union
Elaine & Marvin Gill
Field Stone Wine
Dan Murphy & Tony Balakas
Riverbend Station Pub
Flames Tickets/ Nespresso Coffee Machine (Silent Auction)
Doreen Selleck & Pauline Fisher
Petite Dames Dress
Westbrook/Glenmore Landing Safeway
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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