By George Jamieson, Board of Directors, Chair

Dear Friends and Supporters:

One of the great satisfactions of being part of the James Bay Community Project is seeing the difference we make to people in our neighbourhood and beyond. I listen to parents and young children in our Family Resource Centre, as they learn and laugh and share the joys and challenges of raising a family. I watch people of all ages find books in our Community Library, or clothing and accessories in the Community Closet. I see people sign up for health-related programs and workshops that help people make better food choices. I meet seniors who build and maintain social links in our building and in their homes.

We help these people connect with each other, and with services they need, because you help us. Your support means we can serve more people and make a difference in more lives. Simply put, we could not do as much as we do, without your help. 

One of the disappointments we face is knowing how tight the budgets are, and how many of our programs and services are at risk. We have suspended some programs – temporarily, we hope – for lack of funds. We have juggled and rescheduled others, to focus our resources as broadly and fairly as we can. But there is always more we can do, always more we want to do.

Our staff members are smart and skilled and dedicated. Our volunteers give thousands of hours of energy and imagination. Our supporters and partners in the community are generous with goods and services, and with financial help. 

For the ways that you can support JBCP please see the advertisement in this issue of the Beacon; from donating to Christmas Hampers, to taking part in Giving Tuesday in partnership with Pharmasave, James Bay or making a financial donation you make a difference in your community and on behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you for your thoughtfulness and community spirit. Thank you for helping us achieve the satisfaction we experience every day at the James Bay Community Project.