JBCP Staff
James Bay Community Project Staff. Photo by N. Grewal.

James Bay Community Project

By Barbara Thompson, Manager of Victoria Youth Clinic

The James Bay Community Project has been in existence since the 1970's when representatives from the James Bay community came together with the intent of forming a non-profit organization that would help support the citizens of James Bay with social and health concerns. Today we continue to provide these exceptional services to our community with dedicated staff and volunteers in our Family Services, Youth Clinic, Seniors Outreach, Community Services, Library and Thrift Store programs. Although there have been some significant changes throughout the years and with cuts in funding most recently, we continue to operate with the same commitment of care for our community.

As interim executive director for the past few months, I was privileged to gain better insight into the overall operations of the organization; from board members to staff, community partners, our tenants and of course, those of you who participate in and visit the Project. I have been impressed with the quality of care given to each program and the creative and tireless effort of staff to continue to look for opportunities of growth, enhanced programming and new funding in order that we can provide services that our community needs. Collaboration with other community partners is vital now to ensure that we are all on the same path to provide the best care and programs for our clients,  participants, and community members. Strategic planning by the staff and board will help to ensure that we identify and meet these needs.

Our annual general meeting in June welcomed new board members Elliot Freedman, Mari Kool, Jonas Martin, Yasmin Rampuri and Jackie Wilson. They will join current board members Richard Almond, Sam Broadbent, Minnie Clark, Jim McDavid, John Vickers and Faye Zinck. We said good-bye to three dedicated long term board members, Mavis DeGirolamo, David Rand and Jackie MacDonald whom we will miss greatly as their input and service has been invaluable. Our fiscal 2010/11 annual report is available at our front reception area for you to have a look at our programs in more detail.

On behalf of the JBCP board and staff I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new executive director, Kaye Kennish who joined the Project on June 13th. Kaye was the previous executive director at Garth Homer and brings with her a wealth of experience and we are very pleased that she has accepted this position.

We wish you all a safe, healthy and fun summer!