What began at a visioning session of the Oliver Rotary Club in 2011, has over the last six years turned into a much needed, successful registered charity. The Highway to Healing Support Society’s mission is to assist local families with their travel expenses incurred when they are receiving medical treatment for their children outside our area.
2017 began with a bang! With a unanimous vote our society enlarged our support area to include Okanagan Falls, Osoyoos and Area A of the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen, we revised our vision statement and our Policy and Procedures to recognize the expanded service areas. Over the last two years we have had the support of a generous benefactor, combined with the continued support of our community members and our fundraising efforts we have a healthy bank balance that has allowed the expansion. What we thought was many years down the road has come to fruition quite quickly and unexpectedly. We are thankful!
Joan and Ernie spent time reformatting our Constitution and Bylaws to ensure we meet the new requirements of the BC Society Act, we are grateful to Joan for assisting Ernie with this exacting job, they did fabulous! We continue to miss Joan, we have not quite filled the void she left with her retirement to the island.
We have financially supported 5 families this past year gifting a total of $12,000.00 dollars.
Alesha reached out to the families we have assisted over the past few years asking for their assistance in providing testimonials, we have received letters of appreciation from several of them, these offer us insight and assist the board in the decision making with regards to the amount of funding required for families when travelling. As a board it is important to have feedback from the families that are assisted by the society, we are thankful to those that responded.
We have been active within our communities, Ernie & Gail attended an Osoyoos Rotary Meeting raising awareness that we have expanded our area of assistance. Alesha & Jim attended the WOW Mainly for Woman Trade Show, again having a presence within our community. Gail & Alesha set up an information booth at the First annual Art Walk, we received donations from the artist that auctioned off hand painted wine barrels it was a successful event. We were invited to attend the WOW Tea and Tanya & Gail gratefully accepted a donation from these amazing woman! Alesha assisted the ATB Watersports fundraiser in Osoyoos this past summer, they donated all the monies raised and their staff donated their time on this well organized event day. We held our 3rd annual Ride to Provide, this event is gaining momentum each year. We have generous corporate sponsors that assist us with the cost of hosting this event. With the addition of the Monster houses and face painting, the Lions and Lionesses helping us to create a great BBQ lunch we have created a great fun filled family day.
Looking forward to 2018, H2H would benefit if we can continue to raise awareness in our communities, perhaps finding a few groups that would assist us in fundraising activities in Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls.
Mark your calendars, we will be in attendance at the WOW Mainly for Woman Trade Show Saturday Feb 17. We will be attending the Art Walk again this year. We will host our 4th Ride to Provide on Sunday June 10, and we are very excited to announce with the assistance and planning of Rochelle Newstead and Fairview Golf Course our 1st hopefully to be annual golf scramble Saturday July 14th.
Our society is committed to continue to assist children and their families as long as there is a need. The board of directors would like to THANK Jim Cade for his service on our board over the past two years we are grateful for the compassion and guidance you provided, we wish you well in your new volunteer activities in Penticton. We also wish Riley Martin well in his move to Victoria and his next venture in the academic world, although he is giving up his position on our board, he will continue to be involved as best he can over the next several years while he pursues his education, we are extremely thrilled he will still be involved!
We welcome this year two new directors that we are extremely excited to have join us, Tracy MacFadden and Russell Work, both are active volunteers within our community we are lucky to have them bring their individual expertise to our board, moving forward we believe we are a diverse group of directors each contributing immensely to our mission.
Lastly we would not be able to assist these families without the generous support of our communities, we receive donations is many ways, through our Website, in memoriam, our fundraising efforts our corporate sponsors and service clubs. We appreciate any and all donations we receive!