CMHA boss calling it quits
Rob Gibson - Jan 13, 2022 - People in Business

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The CEO of the Kelowna branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association is stepping down after 17 years in the role.

Shelagh Turner said Wednesday she will step down at the end of May.

“I feel privileged to have been able to work alongside the most incredible people who are doing really amazing work every day for individuals in this community who need help,” she said. “Being a part of CMHA Kelowna has been the most rewarding period of my life, and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to build and create with this organization.”

Turner took on the role of CEO back in 2005, and under her tenure, the Foundry Kelowna, which supports thousands of youth and families, was started. CMHA Kelowna now operates more than 300 units of housing for youth and adults across the Central Okanagan.

Turner has worked hard to focus on homelessness. and under her watch the non-profit developed micro-loans and supplements to renters who are at risk of losing their homes.

“Shelagh’s strength is in surrounding herself with really talented, capable and passionate people all united on a common purpose and pushing the envelope of what is possible,” CMHA Kelowna board chair Stuart Yanow said.

“For Shelagh it’s always about the team, whether that is our board of directors, volunteers, donors or our amazing staff. Her leadership has pulled together an incredible collective of people who make impact by Building Homes, Building Lives, and Building Community.”

Turner received the 2016 BC Premier’s Award for outstanding community achievement.

“I am proud of everything we have been able to achieve,” Turner said. “And I strongly believe it is time for someone else to make their leadership imprint on this great organization.”

The CMHA board of directors will begin its recruitment process for a new CEO in the next few weeks.

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