The Central Okanagan Foundation has a new executive director.
Laurence East has been appointed the group’s new leader. He will take over from Bruce Davies, who is retiring after seven years at the helm.
“We are delighted to have Laurence joining our dedicated team at COF,” board chair Brian Sanders said in a press release. “After an extensive search, we are very fortunate to have recruited someone of Laurence’s capabilities and close connections to our community.”
East moved to the Okanagan from England in 2003, and he eventually founded Metro Community in Kelowna, where he has worked with the city’s vulnerable population. He also spent time in the non-profit sector in England and in Central America.
“This is a new chapter for both myself and the organization,” East said. “The COF has an incredible legacy, and my hope is to help lead it into ever greater things as we strive to ensure that our community is a more generous, just and equitable place to live.”
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