This is an extract from our new Annual Report which you can read here!

What would Salmon be without our loyal supporters? These are the special people who pray for our work, help us financially, and generally support our vision and mission in every way.

Over the last year, we have improved our social media presence and we now use our Facebook page as one of the ways to get news out to our supporters. Someone who often likes our status updates is 48-year-old Fund Manager, Gordon Izatt. We had a chat with him to find out why it’s so important to him to support the work we do with young people.

Can you tell us a bit more about the ways in which you have been supporting Salmon over the years?

I became a Resi (resident) in October 1988! I was 23 years old at that time. During my time as a Resi I helped in three or four clubs a week. Later I became a Trustee, was the treasurer for a while, and was highly involved as an exec Trustee during the centre’s rebuild. I have also made a number of key financial contributions, particularly during the rebuild process (I’m listed on the glass!). Currently, I am a member of the Council of Reference. I continue to support financially, in prayer, and by playing the piano each year at the Old People’s Party as I have done now for over 20 years!

What is it about the work we do that you find so worthy of your support?

I love that Salmon tries to help so many and so varied a range of young people. The power of informal education to help young people discover more about themselves, what they can do, and to gain confidence in their own character has always been attractive to me.

What would you like to say to other people to encourage them to become supporters of our work?

On a purely secular level, I’ve seen just how effective Salmon has been, and I have no doubts that it will be again, at helping to transform the lives of young people and the community for the better. For me it goes one stage further – I believe in the power of God to completely transform our lives. Salmon aims not just to help young people grow, but to also offer the greatest gift of all – to show young people the ultimate transformation that God’s love can bring to their lives. 

And just for our website, we have asked Gordon to tell us what the theme of our Annual Report - which is Stronger Connections - means to him:

When I think about Salmon and Connections, I am reminded of what it takes to build strong relationships. It takes time, lots of time! Think years and decades rather than weeks and months. Through Salmon I got to meet folks like Adrian, Snowy, Stan, Pauline, Marie, Bobby and Leslie. They had already been at Salmon, or rather C.U.M. as it was in those days, for what seemed like decades before I first arrived as a young Resis in the late 80's. They were crucial in helping me develop my character over the next 3 decades. Recently I found out that some of the kids, such as Dean, who used to be in the clubs that I helped to run at Salmon, are now volunteers in their 30's. That just blows my mind! 

Join us for our AGM this Saturday at 4pm at the Salmon Youth Centre.  

"On a purely secular level, I’ve seen just how effective Salmon has been, and I have no doubts that it will be again, at helping to transform the lives of young people and the community for the better."

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