Canoe FM heading into 10th year 0
Volunteers of community radio station Canoe FM gather for the annual general meeting on Nov. 15, 2012 at the Haliburton United Church. Now in it's 9th year of existence, the not-for-profit station relies on three full-time staff and close to 90 volunteers. ANGELICA BLENICH/HALIBURTON COUNTY ECHO/QMI AGENCY
The little station that could will soon be paddling their way into its 10th year.
Established in 2003, Canoe FM is heading towards a significant milestone.
On Nov. 15, the not-for-profit station reflected on its past year’s successes at its annual general meeting at the Haliburton United Church.
The station will be celebrating its 10th anniversary next July and will be marking this achievement with a special event, said board president Paul Cameron.
Concluding his second year as president, Cameron announced he would not be renewing his term however would be staying on the board of directors.
Station co-ordinator Roxanne Casey thanked all the volunteers who make a station like Canoe FM possible.
“Each and every one of you is an incredible part of community radio,” she said.
In the past year the station’s volunteers gave more than 13,000 hours of time, which would equal more than $200,000 in salaries, wrote Casey in her report.
With three full-time staff and close to 90 volunteers, the station relies on three main fundraising initiatives to cover operating costs.
This year Canoe FM introduced radio bingo to Haliburton County, a success that will continue into the new year.
With approximately $1,000 brought in every week from bingo, the station has decided to renew their license for an additional six months, beginning January 2013.
“Hopefully [bingo] will become a major player in our fundraising events,” said Cameron. Apart from fundraising, the station also relies on grants, receiving two significant amounts this past year.
Canoe FM recently received a $16,800 grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada, which will go towards their volunteer management program.
The station was also awarded a $4,000 grant from the Haliburton County Development Corporation. The station operates on a yearly budget of approximately $250,000, according to treasurer Case Bassie.
Expenses for the station were up this year, ringing in at $239,476, compared to $227,942 in 2011.
Revenue was down in 2012, at $225,495, compared to $239,543 in 2011. The difference can be primarily attributed to a dip in advertising.
Looking ahead the board of directors a strategic plan, which began with an initial session this past summer.
The plan will help guide the station into the next couple of years, said vice-president Malcolm MacLean.
“During the last strategic plan we established working committees and lots of stuff happened. The plan gave the committees a road map and as a result we achieved a lot of goals,” he said.
The new plan is focused on volunteers, programming and information technology, with the station recently receiving a new broadcast system. Goals for the future include establishing a social media presence and creating more effective signage.
“This would be a great project for our 10th anniversary,” said MacLean.
Four members were voted onto the board at the AGM, including MacLean, Betty Moffatt, Bassie and Judy Neimann.
The board thanked Cameron for his time as president and all his hard work in making the station a success.
Director Scotty Morrison presented him with an autographed, framed photo of this year’s inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with a personalized Toronto Maple Leafs jersey.
“I’m so speechless I don’t know what to say but thank you,” said Cameron.