North Hastings Children’s Services is planning to stay sustainable now and in the future.

That was the message from Executive Director Jessica Anderson during Wednesday night’s annual general meeting. The meeting kicked off with board members voting in favour of increasing membership fees from $25 a year to $30. Anderson says this increase was needed to help pay for the services offered by NHCS.

In January, Anderson said the child care centre had to raise rates in order to offset a more-than-$67,000 spike in payroll costs caused by the increase in Ontario’s minimum wage. Parents were surveyed, and the largest number was in favour of increasing fees for the-over-200 NHCS members.  Anderson says daily rates also had to go up by about one dollar for before and after school programs, and two-to-three dollars for full-day programs. NHCS is also using a $17,000 surplus to offset the increased payroll expenses.

During the AGM, Anderson also said NHCS’ revenues for 2017 were more-than-$1,149-million, marking a four year high for the non-profit organization. The 2018 revenue target is over $1,473-million. Anderson says NHCS is working hard to get grants and increase services for families in order to make that happen.

NHCS’ new logos were also introduced during the AGM, which Anderson says represents the natural feel of the organization. Anderson says she’s excited for 2018. One of NHCS’ goals for this year is to embrace its new role as an Early One Centre, and make sure that residents know that it has more services than just the child care centre. She also says recruiting more Early Childhood Educators is a big focus.

North Hastings Children’s Services new logos were unveiled during Wednesday night’s annual general meeting. Photo credit: Andreas Pandikiu – Moose FM.