The feedback from our clients guides our activities and allows us to grow and develop our services. This is extremely important for trustees when considering the strategic direction we should take both in reacting to challenges and planning for the future.
I was honoured to become Chair of the Board of Trustees in September 2019, initially on a temporary basis but then permanently. Six months before the Coronavirus pandemic turned the world on its head!
Like so many organisations the pandemic was extremely challenging for CanalAbility but with the hard work and dedication of staff, volunteers and trustees we negotiated the trials and tribulations and came through in a strong position to resume our activities and push ahead towards a bright future. I would like to thank all colleagues who contributed to our success during this extremely difficult period in our history.
Our main focus now as trustees is developing our strategic direction and meeting the needs of our clients. This includes financial stability, business continuity and the future of our fleet of boats. We shall be working hard with staff and volunteers to move CanalAbility forward to an amazing future, driven always by the requirements of our amazing clients.
I have a history in project management, holding Prince 2 and Managing Successful Programmes Qualifications, which, I hope, give me the skills to help CanalAbility proceed into the future. I have, over the last 10 years, worked in the field of community music, creating and delivering projects for young adults with learning, physical and other challenges. I have witnessed the amazing benefits of creative and leisure activities on mental health and general wellbeing. These build creativity, confidence and self-advocacy and deliver experiences that resonate in participants’ lives long into the future.