To all our residents, alumni, staff, board, community partners, donors, supporters and friends,
I am writing this to you to let you know that after 17 years as Executive Director at Fresh Start Recovery Centre I have made the decision to leave my position at Fresh Start on October 31st, 2021 as I have accepted a CEO position at Cedars at Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island. As you can imagine, this is a massive change for myself and my family.
As I told our Board Chairman Craig Borgland, this was not an easy decision, and I am both excited and sad. My entire family shares the same feelings.
When I reflect back on my 17 years as Executive Director of Fresh Start, finding the words to convey what I am feeling is beyond difficult. How do you summarize 17 years in a letter?
The answer is, you don’t.
I came to Fresh Start when I was 35 years old and 17 years in recovery. I had way more hair and a lot fewer children. Only two of my six children were born when I was given the gift of Fresh Start. My family has walked through so many seasons of Fresh Start and I am grateful for their support.
The accomplishments over the years, the awards, the new facilities, the events and the community engagement is fantastic; though when I lean into the feelings I have right now, the lump in my throat as I write speaks to the love I have for you. I have said from day one that I am not Fresh Start, YOU are Fresh Start. My heart is filled with gratitude for each and every one of you. One of my life’s greatest blessings has been getting to work with you and serve those we do. We have built so much together and Fresh Start continues to grow and expand to meet the need in our community as we approach 30 years in 2022.
I know that Fresh Start is in a great place, positioned to move ahead and continue to succeed in serving those in need of recovery. Fresh Start is in good hands with an incredible staff, board, alumni and all of you supporting the way you do.
I am excited for our Fresh Start team and the possibilities that exist for them in their careers. The Board of Directors will be naming our Director of Operations Bruce Holstead as the Interim Executive Director and Jennifer Kent Charpentier our Program Director as the Interim Director of Operations. I am excited for them! They know our culture and carry it well as does the rest of our team.
A few final things need to be said.
I am better because of you, I love you and my heart is full.
I am just a phone call away.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.