35th Annual General Meeting Offers ‘Wild’ Lesson in Team Resilience

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35th Annual General Meeting Offers ‘Wild’ Lesson in Team Resilience

Compass Community Services will hold its 35th Annual General Meeting on September 20, 2022. This year’s feature keynote speaker is Tanya McCready of Winterdance Dogsled Tours who will address the topic of Building Resilient Teams – Lessons from the Wild. The evening will also include an inspiring video message from a well-known Canadian social media star.

The in-person celebration will acknowledge how the agency has increased in size and complexity since it began as a prevention-oriented program of the Children’s Aid Society. The charitable, non-profit organization supports residents of Guelph-Wellington with counselling and therapy, system navigation, and myriad programs and services across its four primary areas of support: Therapy Services, Developmental Services, Telephone Support, and Workplace Wellness.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 35th anniversary newly rebranded as Compass,” said executive director Joanne Young Evans. “We chose Compass to reflect the evolution of this organization, along with its current vision and range of services. Our new name also captures the reliable, trusted direction and support the agency has been bringing to community members for decades.”

Lessons from the wild


Tanya McCready with one of her huskies.

Toyota Canada has generously sponsored the keynote address by Tanya McCready who will share stories and lessons around leadership, teamwork, and overcoming adversity. She and her husband Hank quit their jobs and left their home in Guelph 23 years ago to move to Ontario’s wilderness with their beloved huskies to start a business, family, and lifestyle. Together they have written two books, and they and their huskies have been featured in countless commercials, movies, TV shows, and major media from CNN, New York Times, Rick Mercer Report, Canada AM, and Toronto Star.

Young Evans restated the importance of resilience to the agency by saying, “We’ve continued to serve the community throughout these challenging times while adapting our services to meet the evolving needs of Guelph-Wellington residents. From accessibility and equity to diversity and inclusion, we’ve found new and innovative ways to grow and expand our programs and services for over 35 years. We believe we’re building a stronger, more resilient community, and that’s something to celebrate.”

Registration for the AGM is open with limited seating available. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on September 20, 2022, and run until 7:00 p.m. Local eatery The Seed will provide catering. Anyone wishing to attend the event can register at Compass_Community_Services_35thAGM.eventbrite.ca.

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