I have always enjoyed the process of reflecting after a year has come to an end. It’s an opportunity to celebrate successes and consider new ways of moving forward. I feel grateful when I say that at Launch Okanagan, we have much to celebrate after last year. It was truly a year of growth for us. We grew our impact, our team, and our partnerships within the community.
Year over year we offered almost 10% more educational hours and served 16% more community members. However, what is most impactful to me is reflecting on the interactions I have had with individuals participating in our programs. Launch exists to help people build confidence in managing their money and to enable our community members to make better financial decisions. Watching that happen in real time is so exciting and rewarding. Improving our relationship with money takes time, but it’s incredible to see what people can accomplish when they are encouraged and supported.
We have been fortunate to be able to expand our team this year. I’m grateful to be working alongside such talented people that are as passionate about our mission as I am. We also have a dedicated Board of Directors that are always willing to jump in and help in every way possible.
At Launch, we love to build partnerships with other community organizations. Most of our programs are offered in partnership with amazing community agencies. We feel privileged to be able to work together to support our community members and are inspired by the work that they do. We are also so fortunate to be able to receive support from local businesses, foundations and individuals that share the same values that we do. We can’t run our programs without this support. Thank you!
Finally, we are so excited about the year ahead. We look forward to the new relationships we will build this year. We are also excited to be able to come together to celebrate Financial Literacy month the morning of November 8th at the Coast Capri Hotel. Please mark your calendars and join us to recognize how important it is for all community members to be given the opportunity to improve their financial literacy. In our current environment, this is more important than ever.
Jennifer Robins, Executive Director