Following the departure of Trudy Carrels, United Way’s board of directors has chosen one of its own to act as interim executive director to ensure the momentum from the previous year continues.
Rachel Foster is a Certified Management Consultant and Certified Executive Coach, and for the past decade has worked with diverse professions and industries in both the corporate and nonprofit sector across Canada and the UK. She was elected to United Way’s board of directors after volunteering with the Allocations Committee, helping to direct United Way funding for 2017-2018.
With her previous experience in the health and human service sectors, including United Way, Capital Region, the board is confident in Foster’s skill and knowledge base as it relates to Lethbridge & South Western Alberta. Foster says she is looking forward to supporting the organization through the transition to a permanent executive director.
“Trudy is leaving some big shoes to fill,” Foster explains. “A lot was accomplished under her leadership in a short time and we, as a board, need to make sure we find the right person to take over. That’s going to take some time.”
Since 2016, Carrels has achieved a successful rebuilding of United Way’s operations and financial position. The year resulted in an additional $75,000 over the previous year being distributed to local organizations to operate programs for people and families.
As the board prepares to re-open the search for a permanent executive director, it will continue to work closely with Foster and organization staff to ensure that the needs of South Western Alberta communities continue to be met.
Rachel Foster, Interim Executive Director - United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta