Friendship centre still looking for new blood

Sharon Caudron leads people at the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre's annual general meeting in an opening prayer Jan. 8. Photo by Sarah Ladik

Sharon Caudron leads people at the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre’s annual general meeting in an opening prayer Jan. 8.
Photo by Sarah Ladik

While the Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre can now boast a set of balanced and up to date books, the current board of directors says the institution is not out of the woods yet.

“We went from being in a big dark hole, and now we’re seeing sunlight,” said Karen Felker at the centre’s annual general meeting Jan. 8.

The current board took over operations in June 2011 and have been working diligently since then to get back to financial stability. Having achieved their goal, albeit a few years after their original planned end-date of Oct. 2011, they are ready to pass the torch and are looking to recruit community members to sit on the board of directors. This was the first Annual General Meeting for the organization since 2011, but the centre has been up and running programming under former board member and new executive director Sharon Pekok since the spring.

“Our strategy was hard work and a dedicated small group of people,” said Bette Lyons, who chaired the meeting. “When we came on, we thought there was about $20,000 owing and it turned out it was hundreds of thousands. But everything now has been cleared up.”

The board should consist of a four-person executive, along with both an elder and youth representative, and three other directors for a total of 10 people. Two people put forward their names for election during the meeting and were brought on board right away, but more are needed.

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