Catholic Family Services holds annual meeting
By Frank Flegel
REGINA — Catholic Family Service Society ended its fiscal year March 31 with a $3,000 surplus and looking forward to celebrating the organization’s 75th anniversary later this year.
One of those changes is now dealing with a union that was approved by the Labour Relations Board, March 3. “We’re now in the process of negotiating a contract with the new union,” said Sax. The union is part of CUPE.
Wayne Ingjaldson was elected as the new chair with Shawn Kuster now immediate past chair. Laura Chandler becomes vice-chair and Bernadette Beckie is secretary. The rest of the board remains the same, with no new members appointed this year.
The June 21 breakfast meeting was also an opportunity to say thanks and recognize long service employees who have been with the CFSS for five, 10 and 15 years. Each received a bonus in recognition for their dedication. There are 26 staff members, including six counsellors.
Counsellor Rev. Gary Kuntz retired this year and his contributions were also recognized.
The society began in 1937 when the Sisters of St. Martha at the invitation of Archbishop Monahan came to Regina. The organization staff now is comprised of lay people. “We’re looking forward to celebrating our 75th anniversary,” said Sax. The date is Oct. 24 and announcement on what the celebration will include is to be made later this summer.
Catholic Family Services Society main funder is the Saskatchewan Department of Social Services, said Sax. “We have a contractual arrangement with them to provide services to the public.” The society is Catholic but it does not restrict its practice to Catholics and many of its clients are of a different faith tradition; some have no religious affiliation.
It also receives funds from the City of Regina, the Regina archdiocese, the United Way, donations and fees. It has a fee structure based on ability to pay.