Mobile Crisis Services Inc. AGM48th Annual General Meeting
"Thank you for taking the time to attend the Mobile Crisis Annual AGM. My name is Curtis Kemp, and I have the privilege of being the current chairperson for this organization. Frankly, it’s just a name only. The board is quite organic, highly experienced, and moves very fluidly to work with Mobile Crisis staff, which is guided by the many years of experience of its Executive Director, Jan Thorson. I would like to take a brief moment to publicly acknowledge Jan and her many 37 years of dedicated service to Mobile, and to the city of Regina and its citizens. Jan is officially retiring in the new year, so this will be her last AGM as an employee. She has worked in every role, and has been a model of empathy and compassion, and a role model for her managers, as well as the staff in general. As we begin the search for a new executive director/CEO, we are mindful of the fact that the shoes to be filled are very large, and very well worn. I would also like to acknowledge the service of our outgoing treasurer, Bob Hinchcliffe. Bob put in roughly 25 years on the Board, starting while he was still a serving member of RPS. Bob, thank you for your volunteer service. Bob has also agreed to become the first member of the Mobile Crisis “legacy” board. Non-voting, non-meeting attending, but available to consult with. All those years of experience.
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All of us on the Board have our reasons for becoming attached; a sense of community duty, a desire to serve a worthwhile cause etc. For myself, as a retired police officer, my attachment runs a little deeper. At 5 pm every day, the Ministry of Social Services staff generally go home to make supper, run their kids to sports or events, and perhaps have dinner with friends. Mobile, truly, for myself, has always been the Tactical Response Team when it comes to helping the community. House fire at 2 am with displaced people? Call Mobile. Domestic situation where mom and kids need help and a place to stay? Call Mobile. Person needs a bus ticket cab ride or transport to another location? Call Mobile. Catastrophic situation, loss of life, where people need some compassion? Call Mobile. The term “nothing good happens after midnight” is quite apt; I would counter that by saying that Mobile always strives to bring the “good” to terrible situations. We never call Mobile to a good situation. It’s always a difficult situation, which they work to make better. All of this goes on almost anonymously; many people have no idea that Mobile even exists, and they are terrible at blowing their own horn; they are far too busy throwing on the Superman cape and saving the world to be weighted down by the mundane task of self-indulgent promotion. That, therefore, falls to the Board, and to all of you. Share the important work that they do and trumpet their tremendous value. I can say honestly that I have no idea how the police service would function, in some cases, without Mobile to lean on. They are that important.Again, we are grateful for your attendance. Thank you.