The Pat Porter Active Living Center in Steinbach is anticipating a tough year financially.
At the center’s annual general meeting, executive director Audrey Harder said the past year has been full of ups and downs.
“Fortunately, we were able to get grants, which helped us throughout the year,” she says. “But we have also noticed that the expenses are increasing as everything increases at the moment. So we’re having a little trouble with that.
With costs soaring for everything these days, Harder expects the center will have to do a lot of extra fundraising this year to offset those increases.
And she’s optimistic the numbers will work.
Looking at last year’s financial report, fundraising revenue grew from $3,902 in 2021 to $25,562 in 2022.
At Thursday’s meeting, Harder also reported a steady increase in membership.
“We are definitely seeing an increase in membership,” she says. “With my first full year here, we had just under 400 members, and then the pandemic hit, and we were up to almost 200. And now we’re over 300 again. And this week alone, there are had three more, so it’s continued growth.
There was also a significant increase in the number of members who attended Thursday’s AGM, says Harder. With nearly 100 people attending the meeting, she says it is by far the largest attendance at the annual event.
With regard to the financial statements, some worrying figures as well as positive points can be noted.
Last year, revenue decreased by $4,933 from the previous year, while expenses increased by $44,952 in 2022.
Still, the center ended the year with revenue of $12,828.