Stories of Recovery Highlight This Year's Annual Report
Last week, Ontario Shores released its 2013-2014 Annual Report. The purpose of an Annual Report is to provide a comprehensive report of the organization’s activities from the past year. But for all of us at Ontario Shores, it means so much more. It is one of my favourite projects of the year because it is an opportunity for us to meet with staff and patients throughout the hospital to hear about their highlights from the past year. We often complete one project or task and quickly move onto the next thing on our To Do list. Collecting and writing stories for the Annual Report encourages all of us to take a moment in our very busy days to pause and reflect on the great work done over the past year and celebrate all that was achieved together.
We often hear about the stigma of mental illness. Our patients - Sebastian, Thomas and Hazel - courageously share their stories of recovery in this year’s report with the hopes of breaking down that stigma, showcasing how individuals with mental illness can overcome the challenges of their illness and achieve their goals. The publication has a fresh look and magazine feel to it and also highlights the hard work of staff and volunteers who are committed to bringing Discovery, Recovery and Hope to the work they do for our patients every day.
Personally, the Annual Report is a great sense of pride. The writing, photography and design are all done by the Communications and Public Affairs team who continue to look for ways to improve our work, set new standards of excellence and utilize the skills and expertise of the team to create something unique and powerful.
Click here to view our 2013-14 Annual Report.