History of the Organization
St. Aidan’s House Society was founded in 1973 by the Honourable Judge Harry Aime. The Society was founded after Judge Aime recognized a gap in services in the community as numerous children were being sent to live out of their home community. He envisioned a Society that could help children and families while allowing these children, who could not remain in the family home, to at least remain in their community. With this, St. Aidan’s House Society was formed and in 1973 a group home was opened.
In 1994 St. Aidan’s House Society expanded its’ service provision to include treatment foster care services. Over the years the scope of the foster care program has changed however the high level of service has been maintained.
In 2004 St. Aidan’s House Society was asked to take on a Family Visitation Program. This program continued to be successfully delivered by the Agency until 2007 when Children’s Services chose to bring this service back ‘in house’ as a cost saving measure.
In 2012, the Board and staff of St. Aidan’s Society participated in a visioning workshop. The strategic direction of the agency was examined and capabilities, resources and constraints assessed. The future success of the agency was established through motivation and consensus building with the Board of Directors and agency staff. Most importantly, service provision opportunities were identified and an opportunity for growth and change recognized.
In 2013 a strategic path for the expansion of St. Aidan’s Society, which would leverage but not limit St. Aidan’s historic strength within child and family services, was accepted by the Board of Directors. This, together with the revived current emphasis on the social/shared profit sector nationally and locally, positions an expanded St. Aidan’s right at the interface of current social need and urgency.
In 2014 the St. Aidan’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to shift to providing services to seniors after fulfilling the terms of the existing contract with Children’s Services. Funding applications were submitted and approved and on April 1, 2015 an expanded staff team commenced service delivery on a Senior Advocate Program.
Those of us at St. Aidan’s House Society realize that we need to continually look towards our vision for the future. While a small organization, our present and future aims are always the wellness of individuals and the betterment of the community.
St. Aidan’s House Society mission is to actively serve, empower and unlock the potential of the citizens of the Region through program delivery and community partnerships.
Our vision is to positively impact our community and its’ people.
Operating Principles and Core Values
- All citizens have a right to be free from abuse.
- All people deserve support.
- A strength based approach is critical and agency staff and representatives recognize existing skills in individuals and families and build upon these skills through relationship building and collaboration.
- All people, regardless of race, creed or socio-economic status, are to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.
- In working with integrity as we representative the interests of our clients, agency and community.
- In respect and consideration for the beliefs, traditions and cultures of citizens.
- In accountability to those we serve, our community our partners and our funding bodies.
- In striving for continuous improvement in our service delivery through the use of evaluations and best practise and the specification and measurement of outcomes.
- In working towards improving outcomes for citizens in the most effective, efficient, equitable and sustainable way.
Goal #1: St. Aidan’s House Society will strive for a standard of excellence in all service provision.
Goal #2: St. Aidan’s House Society will become accredited through Imagine Canada.
Goal #3: St. Aidan’s House Society Board will ensure that internal processes within the Society are running as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Goal #4: St. Aidan’s House Society will actively participate in the process of influencing change for those we serve and our community.
Goal #5: St. Aidan’s House Society will develop meaningful relationships with other agencies, service providers and funding body (ies).
Goal #6: St. Aidan’s House Society will complete an annual analysis of services critiquing strengths, areas requiring improvement, obstacles and threats and modify practises according to outcomes.
Goal #7: St. Aidan’s House Society will launch an on line community calendar within the first 3 months of the fiscal year.
Goal #8: St. Aidan’s House Society will actively explore options for service provision to the Senior citizens of the Region by identifying and responding to current gaps.
- Community Engagement: The agency will work collaboratively with all to create and realize shared visions that benefit our Region.
- Cultivating a Collective Voice for Seniors: Through strengthening the collective leadership of service providers, the agency will be leaders in collective impact
- Inclusion: The agency will involve persons served, families, agencies, stakeholders and community in all efforts.
St. Aidan’s Society has a number of unique strengths. They are as follows:
- We are respectful, trustworthy and collaborative in our approach with others.
- We are strong and valuable partners.
- We are inclusive.
- We are knowledgeable of community resources.
- We are passionate and active community members.
- We believe in social innovation.
- We are responsive to identified needs.
- We are committed to serving this Region and its’ citizens.
St. Aidan’s Society is constantly looking at improving service delivery. Agency members will work towards the same goals and share the agency’s direction in responding to an ever changing environment. On-going evaluation will occur and feedback from all stakeholders will be sought.