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Sounding Board

Sounding Board

 Sounding Board Notes – November 2020

The Board online meeting November 11, 2020 was attended by no less than 13 people with innovative ideas and enthusiasm related to social enterprise and reaching out to the community.  It was a very busy meeting!

Avery Edwards made a presentation with an invitation to consider a partnership with PYROS (Prairie Youth Radical Organizing School) to work on projects, workshops and social enterprise.  The Board is interested in pursuing this further.

Sheila Killoran and Susan Anderson asked Westwood to sponsor them in applying for a provincial COVID-19 Community Funding Grant to create online bereavement and other mental health support groups.  The application needs to come from a non-profit or religious organization but the work itself would mainly be funded by the grant and led by Sheila and Susan, who are already appropriately qualified, with some peer facilitators, who would receive training.  The funding deadline is November 20, 2020.  The Board approved this application.

The Board also approved the request by the Endowment Fund Committee to increase the amount of grants to allow for more ambitious, innovative proposals and spark ideas for social enterprise.

The Board was pleased to accept Mike Gallagher’s offer to prepare a long-range plan for organizational structures as a means of moving forward with social enterprise projects.

On more routine matters the Board approved proposed updates to the Committee on Shared Ministry Terms of Reference.

The Skip the Depot bottle pick-up is now up and running and everyone is encouraged to make use of this convenient way of assisting Westwood by donating refundable items.

The November Front Lawn Social was very popular – we loved the chance to see each other and share some conversations in person – while still masked and distanced.  It was a special treat to walk around the park and see the new mural and the landscaping in the park.

Lorian Kennedy, on behalf of the Board

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