Annual Report (2014-15)

A Message from Options Community Services (OCS)

Executive Director Christine Mohr In November OCS experienced a

CHAIR Tim Beachy

OCS is very resilient. As Chair I see resilience throughout the organization – from the committed work of the Board to the program

great loss with the unexpected pass- ing of Darrell Fern- er, Deputy Executive Director. Darrell was undeniably central to our foundation. While the year has been overshad- owed by this loss, we are resilient and have accomplished much. Quality improvement processes were re- fined; we successfully bid to become one of B.C.’ s Early Years Centres, and we worked closely with partners to provide services under the Housing First Model. A new strategic plan was completed charting three key directions – • Growth relevant to communities we serve, • Community engagement • Continued collaboration My most sincere thank you goes to our staff and volunteers for the talent and inspiration that they bring to their work every day. As described by one of our clients, “you are the warm blanket that wraps people when they need it most”. To our Board of Direc- tors, community partners, funders and donors, a heartfelt thank you for your support and contributions.

operations. We are grateful and thankful for our leadership team and the very special OCS volunteer and staff workforce. This past year we experienced the unfortunate passing of Darrell Ferner, one of our founding staff members. Darrell was sometimes referred to as “Mr. Options” because he typified the best of the character of OCS. That spirit of resilience is alive and well. In the last year we have: • Deepened the services we offer throughout the community; • Achieved a superb accreditation outcome; • Developed dynamic strategic and operational plans designed to influence significant change; • Revitalized diverse membership and community participation in our planning; • Invested in infrastructure, program development, training and program growth; • Been led by a dynamic, adaptable Executive Team who know how to lead and navigate change. Every single day our management, leaders and staff exemplify OCS core values, with character and resilience that stands the test of time and will anchor us in the years ahead.

Board of Directors



Michael Kendler Dave Woods Hema Shrestha Angela Rai Amber Thompson


Tim Beachy

Craig East Doug Neale Louella Matthias Kamaljit Lehal

Vice Chair Treasurer Secretary

Ken Holmberg Kevin Kilgour Rosy Manhas

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