2019 Annual Report

La Leche League Canada 2019 Annual Report    

2018-2019 Financial Review

Signed Statement Financial Position

please note due to distance this is the unsigned document

pdf copy available; 2018-19 Annual Report

Message from the Board

Our volunteer Leaders across Canada have continued to serve families in their communities hosting their monthly meetings, helping correspondence via phone and email, outreach in community interactions, and now more on social media channels. Our volunteers are the core of our services. We are building a stronger organisation that has the support and resources our volunteers need in order to help the families in their communities. 

The 2018-2019 fiscal year theme was Equity and Inclusion for La Leche League Canada (LLLC). LLLC introduced an Equity and Inclusion Policy, guidelines on inclusive language, and has begun to hold discussions with our parent organisation La Leche League International (LLLI) regarding our experience and how to lead changes at the international level as well. We always strive to support our volunteer Leaders, and felt that focusing on Equity and Inclusion was long overdue, so we focused solely on this one topic over the past year.

Last year we began streamlining and looking for efficiencies in our day-to-day operations and expenditures. This enabled us in 2019 to review our bookkeeping accounts to better see trends in expenses as well as fundraising to move our efforts forward where they are most needed and most effective.

Since the introduction of our Equity and Inclusion Policy last July, we have learned a lot about ourselves as an organisation, our history, and where we must change and grow. Equity and inclusion may be one of the most difficult topics to manage as an organisation, but one that we see as necessary to meet the needs of supporting all Canadian families. We are grateful to our volunteers who have supported our goals and embraced the recent changes. We hope that this annual report shows our commitment to being an open, honest, and transparent organisation with a full commitment to Equity and Inclusion for the future.

Jennifer Iwata - LLLC Board ChairJennifer smiling wearing a black shirt and long brunette hair








Who we are

La Leche League Canada is a registered non-profit that provides mother-to-mother/parent-to-parent/peer support for pregnant women, new parents and beyond. We are parents like you who have breastfed or chestfed our own children and now volunteer to support others to reach their goals. As volunteer Leaders we are accredited within La Leche League Canada after a detailed training program and have access to current scientific and legal information to help support others.

Connection and respect are at the heart of what we do and we strive to ensure that all families are welcomed and reflected in every aspect of La Leche League Canada, including in our volunteer Leaders. We believe that nobody knows your baby or family better than you and that everyone deserves the right circle of support in which to raise their children.

La Leche League Canada is a national registered Canadian charity and part of a global organization, La Leche League International (LLLI), LLLC has been supporting families in Canada for over fifty years.

What we do

In person, by phone, online, and in informal Group meetings our volunteer Leaders will be there to support you by providing evidence-based information on breastfeeding and human milk. We live and parent in the communities we serve and tailor programs to the needs of each community.

Our goal of supporting parents in raising happy, healthy children in every Canadian province and territory is shared by the health care system. LLLC contributes to this common goal by building connections, sharing resources, and providing education programs such as our Health Care Provider seminars across Canada.

There is no cost to receive support from a Leader and all regular informal Group meetings are free of charge. 

It is our privilege to support families during the exciting first days, weeks, months and even years of raising children. Welcome - we are here for you.

two fathers hug their two children laughing in a family photo  mother with red hair and wearing glasses smiles at camera as preemie infant breastfeeds  

Where we come from

Our Leaders are located across Canada. Some lead Groups with multiple co-Leaders while others are in more isolated locations running Groups alone.

With today‚Äôs technology and globalization we try to ensure all Leaders feel connected to provide the services in their community no matter where they come from. 

map of Canada with colourful geographic markings for LLLC Areas covering; BC & Yukon Area, AB & NWT Area, MB & SK Area, Central Southern Ontario Area, Quebec Easter Ontario and Nunavut Area, and Atlantic Canada Area



LLLC Stats *statistics are based on LLLC data as of August 2019


385 volunteer Leaders, 175 communities across Canada, 6,754 support connections made, 17 helplines, 7,859 meetings attended, 438 health care provider contacts


The People

Volunteers are at the heart of what we do. 'thank you for the genuine support & guidance of LLLC East Vancouver throughout the first few months of my motherhood journey''thanks for all the support this year, especially over the summer, when the community was so much more than just breastfeeding support for me. it made so much of a difference for me' 

The five basic responsibilities of a Leader are:                     

  1. lead ‚Äčseries‚Äč meetings with the public
  2. ‚Äčhelp‚Äč ‚Äčothers‚Äč ‚Äčover‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčphone, ‚Äč‚Äčin‚Äč ‚Äčperson, ‚Äčor‚Äč ‚Äčvia‚Äč ‚Äčonline ‚Äčcommunication platforms (facebook, skype, etc.)
  3. stay ‚Äčup‚Äč ‚Äčto‚Äč ‚Äčdate‚Äč ‚Äčwith‚Äč ‚Äčthe‚Äč ‚Äčlatest‚Äč ‚Äčinformation
  4. manage‚Äč ‚Äčtheir Group activities
  5. work ‚Äčwith‚Äč ‚ÄčLeader‚Äč ‚ÄčApplicants‚Äč ‚Äčand‚Äč ‚Äčthose‚Äč ‚Äčconsidering‚Äč ‚ÄčLLL‚Äč ‚Äčleadership

During volunteer week in April 2019, LLLC shared some of the letters we received from the mothers, parents, and families whom our volunteer Leaders have helped this past year. We are proud of the commitment our volunteers have to serving the communities in which they live, and we continue to seek opportunities to bring attention to the amazing work that our Leaders do.

Leader Accreditation Department

Initiated 97 new Leader applications
Published 4 issues each of Chrysalis, the LLLC newsletter for Leader Applicants and Butterfly, the LLLC newsletter for the applicants’ supporting Leaders

2018 year in review

April - June

Provided our volunteers with organization wide supported email accounts using individual names and Group names @lllc.ca

Equity and Inclusion Policy passed and rolled out to all of our volunteers and staff

July - September

Everyone enjoyed much needed time off with friends and family this year

October - December mother wearing red hijab lifts up smiling baby in pink

Hosted Health Professional Seminar full-day workshop on topics such as the Code, addressing conflicts of interest, supplementation of breastfeeding and the infant microbiome

Equity and Inclusion Committee updated the language used on our Group pages for meeting announcements;

Here are the new options available;

  • All breastfeeding, chestfeeding, or pregnant parents; and supporters who are women                             
  • Prenatal; expectant parents and supporters
  • Everyone welcome; parents and supporters

LLLC Alberta/NWT partnered with the Lethbridge and Westwind Early Years Coalitions to host Deborah MacNamara, a clinical counsellor, educator and author of Rest Play Grow for a Family Conference in Raymond and Lethbridge, Wednesday afternoon, October 3rd the topic was‚Äď Gut Feelings, Listening to the Skin Within

Fall Appeal Launched with a goal of $15,000 was surpassed and the final amount received of $23,217


January - March

Secured new firm to perform Annual Financial Review

Reached over 400 health care professionals at the Best Start Health Nexus conference in February and provided information for both La Leche League Canada and Ligue La Leche

Issued newly designed and updated brochures now with more inclusive language

Fundraising circle pie chart breakdown of donors; one time 48%, monthly 38%, donor choice 14%

Fundraising at LLLC is an activity shared by all. At the Group and Area level, Leaders come together at spaghetti dinners, garage sales and clothing swaps to raise money to sustain their Group and Area activities. Leaders work hard to identify and organize events and sales that are profitable, appealing to young families and feasible to deliver with their volunteer teams.

At the national level, our campaigns focus on raising money and in-kind donations to ensure that every Group receives basic funding, regardless of their own fundraising, and to provide shared services and programs that facilitate and support the work of Leaders across Canada. Recognizing that most donors have a long-term relationship to LLLC and that one-time donations still make up the bulk of our fundraising, we refocused our bi-annual appeals this year to all of those with whom we have existing connections. 

The Fall Appeal has historically been the most successful campaign each year. This year we focused on helping overcome challenges, and we exceeded our goal by asking our volunteer Leaders to share the campaign across all social media streams, within emails to their Group contacts, and with anyone they have connected with as part of their work serving local families.

Our Leaders give freely of their time and expertise to families and it will always be our commitment that our support and information is available to parents at no cost. Recognizing that the early years of parenthood can be the ones when it is the most difficult to budget for charitable giving, we are grateful for every small donation. We appreciate the ongoing support of those whose parenting journeys and wider communities have benefited from our support over the year.

mother breastfeeding on the top of a mountain landscape with the text "Together we can conquer challenges"









 Financial Summary


2017-2018 % change
 INCOME $108,417 $99,689 +8.8

donations & fundraising
fees and memberships
healthcare seminars




 INCOME EXPENSES $9,122 $15,827 -42.4

donation & fundraising costs
fees and memberships
healthcare seminars



(see other office) 
(see other office) 

 OPERATING EXPENSES $81,452 $82,086 -0.8

other office

 NET INCOME $17,843 $2,298 +676.5

2019 assets $339,517 & liabilities $4,091. 2018 assets $321,583 & liabilities $4,000.






** Final Reviewed 2018-2019 Financial Statements will be available after the 2019 Annual General Meeting


two mothers smiling while seated on a floor and breastfeeding their infants. one infant reaches for the otherLa Leche League Canada 

PO Box 147

Pickering, ON L1V 2R2

(289) 660-5900



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