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Message from our Executive Director

"Hello! My name is Melanie MacDonald and I have been the Executive Director at Seasons House for almost 7 years. First, I would like to take the opportunity to send out a huge THANK YOU to the community members, organizations, and businesses who provide us support in the way of financial donations and donations of food, clothing, and toiletries throughout the year. Since we opened our doors 9 years ago, we have operated above capacity; serving double the number of people in which we are funded for. We are only able to do this due to the generosity of our community.

I am deeply grateful to the staff at Seasons House. This group of men and women are dedicated and compassionate. They greet every person who walks through our doors with kindness, respect and understanding. They see the positive and success in any situation and are always able to find humour. They represent the true meaning of a “team”; they support one another on the best and worst days. I am so proud and thankful to them.

I owe a debt of gratitude to the Board of Directors of our society. They have provided me with tremendous support, guidance and wisdom throughout my time as their Executive Director. They are dedicated to serving the most vulnerable, most marginalized members of our community and volunteer their time and efforts altruistically.

Mostly, I would like to thank the beautiful people who have come through our doors over the years for what they have taught me. For teaching me about humanity; that the human spirit is resilient, is forgiving, is strong and is ultimately good. They have taught me the true meaning of generosity and of finding positivity in the face of adversity. The lessons they have taught me have changed my life and made me a better person.

It is estimated that across Canada there are an estimated 250,000 people who are experiencing homelessness. The human and social costs of homelessness are staggering. At Seasons House, we believe that housing and access to food and vital health supports is a basic human right. Homelessness is preventable. Those of us who work and volunteer our time to serving the people at Seasons House do it because we care deeply about our community at all levels. We believe that healthy people mean healthy communities. We are committed to working to see an end to homelessness and a greater standard of living for all. With community collaboration and commitment from our federal and provincial governments, we can end homelessness together. "

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