Dear Members, Donors, Partners, and Funders,
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at MFRS we are writing to inform you that our Executive Director Winnie Chow-Horn, will be stepping down from her role with the Multicultural Family Resource Society (MFRS) in the next few months. Winnie has expressed the mixed emotions that came with making this decision and we echo these sentiments as she has been an amazing leader to all of us, advocate for the communities we support, and most importantly an incredible friend to everyone at our organization. We wish her all the best as she looks to spend more time with her family, and we are forever grateful for the time and dedication she put in to MFRS as a board member and as the Executive Director.
Since joining MFRS, Winnie has worked to grow the organization to be able to better support the children, youth, and families who access our programs. Winnie has been a strong voice for immigrants, refugees, and newcomers and her advocacy work has left an impression on everyone she had the opportunity to meet. Winnie sought to collaborate and build relationships with community members, partners, and funders across the city of Edmonton and the province in an effort to improve the supports and programs MFRS could provide to those we serve. Winnie became the first ever Executive Director for MFRS and it was under this new position that the organization saw many accomplishments, including:
- Growing our reach and increasing the amount of individual donors
- Increasing the number of MFRS staff
- Helping to support new programs for different cultural communities
- Co-developing a program to empower young girls which seeks to teach them to be proud of their identity
- Supporting the settlement of Syrian refugees
- Acquiring a role for a Fund Development Officer who brought in the infrastructure to provide MFRS with stability and long term funding solutions
Her focus was never solely on MFRS, but also on helping partners to support immigrant, refugee, and newcomers as they move beyond settlement and into a life of social inclusion. Winnie’s leadership has inspired her team to continue to look forward for innovative ways to support our communities, and advocate for those whose voices need to be heard, but may not always get a seat at the table.
The Board of Directors will be heading a search committee to find Winnie’s successor and a succession plan will be fully executed to ensure a smooth transition. We will be circulating the posting for the next Executive Director in the near future.
We cannot thank Winnie enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given to MFRS over the years. We are forever grateful Winnie, for all you have done to support the communities we serve, and we will miss you dearly. Please join us in wishing Winnie well. If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair, Board of Directors