Called to Renewal Campaign (2011-2013)
For 60 years Calling Lakes Centre has operated as efficiently, effectively and as frugally as possible. The Centre has been frugal out of necessity. While a balanced budget has often been achieved, there have rarely been excess profits that could be put away for future large renovations and significant maintenance. Several times over the decades, the Centre has had to adapt to unexpected expenses and changes in income by relying on its small reserves and by borrowing money.
The Centre can no longer continue in this way. Its buildings, although solid, are now 60 years old and need significant upgrading so that they may serve the Centre into the future. Operating the Centre with no reserves with no reserves puts an unacceptable level of stress on the Board and staff.
We have a huge dilemma!
On the other hand, Calling Lakes Centre presently is a spirit-filled active education and retreat centre, a prairie treasure, that has been consistently supported by the faithful Friends of the Centre, UCW groups, and congregations.
The Centre not only provides its own creative, innovative and inclusive programming, it serves a variety of organizations, including United Church groups and events. Its hosting clientele continues to grow, having served diverse groups such as the University of Regina teachers-in-training; the Bethlehem Church women's retreat; Health Canada training sessions for health workers on First Nations reserves; Tribal Councils; family reunions and special occasions; and, almost 25 years of the annual Saskatchewan Federation of Labour Youth Camp. The Centre's relationship with First Nations people has become closer and more trusting each year.
Over the past decade, an average of 550 people have attended Centre programs each year. Annually, another 1500 people have been hosted at the Centre, enjoying the facilities, the generous spirit and the community atmosphere found here.
We are called to the future!
The Board of Directors has authorized a three year financial campaign, beginning in 2011. This campaign is supported and encouraged by the Conferences of Saskatchewan and Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, recognizing both the importance of Calling Lakes Centre in the life of the United Church in the prairie region, and the necessity of using all our creativity, enthusiasm and hard work to achieve the goals of the campaign. And so, we invite you to be a part of our Call to Renewal and give generously!
Ways to Donate to Calling Lakes Centre
Goals for the Financial Campaign
Facilities Renewal, including:
Site improvements, including:
Green energy production, including:
This phase will require significant expenditures exceeding a million dollars.
The Call for Renewal
To download our Called to Renewal brochure click here.