Should this organization, that has seen almost 50 years in operation, cease to exist there would be hundreds of children each year prevented from experiencing childhood as it should be.
“That would be a crying shame.”
An estimated 50 volunteers work diligently behind the scenes fundraising at bingos, social events, driving children back and forth to camp, helping children fill out forms. Some even go to the child’s home to ensure they have camp necessities and add what is needed.
Eight members comprise the board along with two hired hands: Anne Salter-Dorland, and a recent full time Program Director, Sarah Russell. What the board likes to do is ensure one project is secure before welcoming another.
“We are always looking for new board members. Everyone around the table is in it for the kids,” she says. “There are no hidden agendas or self-glorification.”
Working for a not-for-profit foundation was a natural fit for Salter-Dorland. She saw her parents volunteer in schools and hospitals, stepping in for those who couldn’t help themselves. The intent was to work for a couple of years then make her way back to southern Ontario. Thirty-one years later she is just as passionate about her career and looks forward to launching their new program.