As ever, BILS would like to thank the staff of the Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre who assisted in securing the room and also the audio-visual set-up. BILS would also like to thank its many volunteers who aided the team with venue set-up and dressing, as well as the tear-down at the end of the event. Of particular note are Susan Chou and Betty Ing who provided traditional Chinese dances at the start of proceedings (see picture collage below).
More than 60 clients or members attended the AGM, representing ethnicities from the nine different language-speaking communities BILS serves on a daily basis (English, Spanish, Albanian, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Cantonese, and Mandarin). The non-profit's executive director and board chairman both reported a busy, frugal, but successful year as well as the ratification of a further two board directors to assist in the organisation's guidance.
The BILS counsellor team was also able to showcase the output from two of its projects and programs during the evening (see picture collage below). In addition to artwork from BILS' successful and long-term "Circle of Friends" program, attendees were also enamoured by a variety of hand-crafted clothing items from BILS' recently-commenced "Creative Seniors" project, funded by New Horizons for Seniors and facilitated by volunteer crafts 'guru' Alma Angelica.