PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2020
CCMF is a local parent-driven community group, striving to meet the needs of the medically fragile and their families. We help support our partners to provide supportive living accommodations in our home, Standing Oaks. To accomplish our mission CCMF works in a partnership with the Ministry of Long Term Care, the Sarnia Rotary Foundation and the Ontario March of Dimes. In 2004 Standing Oaks was originally built to accommodate five full-time residents and provide one respite room. With the addition of four new bedrooms to the facility in the past year, we now have nine full-time residents and one respite room. The respite care is available for parental relief to families with children and young adults of Lambton County. The respite room has been recently painted and freshened up with new furniture to provide a warm and pleasant place to stay.
It is because of all the hard work of the CCMF members that our home is such a beautiful place. I want to take a moment to pass along my heartfelt thanks to all my CCMF colleagues who have made Standing Oaks what it is today.
Over the past year, CCMF has been very busy participating in various fundraisers and activities such as the Duc Cruise Wig Party, Christmas card sales, Race to a Race, raffles, bingos and more.
For the safety of everyone one due to the Covid-19 outbreak, unfortunately, some of our fundraising activities had to be cancelled. However, all fundraising has not come to a full stop, as CCMF members have been creative to continue fundraising throughout the crisis. Along with fundraising being affected, Standing Oaks has been put into lockdown since March for the safety of the staff and clients. Parents have been communicating with their loved ones via facetime and participating in “outside of the window” visits. Throughout the crisis, CCMF has been providing help when needed and keeping in contact with the staff, and of course, this will continue. As essential workers, we are extremely thankful for the staff, for their service and dedication to our loved ones who live at Standing Oaks. To date, we have had two appreciation drive-bys and provided thank you gifts for the staff.
In addition to fundraising, we have been blessed to receive donations from various community sponsors this year. Over the past year, our sponsors have been most supportive and CCMF would like to convey a “great big thank you” to them all.
On behalf of CCMF, I would like to say that we are honored and privileged to serve the medically fragile community. Thank you to everyone for all their support in our efforts. We would like to extend our invitation for your continuous support and participation, as a member, volunteer or sponsor.