Message from Winnie

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Dear MFRS Family and Friends,

I want to thank everyone for the amazing opportunity to serve the Multicultural Family Resource Society for the last 10 years.  While I have a mix of emotions leaving my position at MFRS to spend time with my family and to pursue other opportunities, I know the organization is in a strong position and making a real difference in the lives of newcomers in Edmonton.  This decision did not come easily as I am extremely proud of all that MFRS staff and board members have accomplished during the past ten years and hold dear to my heart the relationships I’ve built during my time as Executive Director.

It is these caring relationships that sets us apart from other organizations because MFRS staff and volunteers create this magical space where everyone feels welcomed and a sense of belonging.  I am continually inspired by the people involved with MFRS, who have taught me so much about resilience, generosity, and joy. I give my deepest gratitude to all who have been so supportive of MFRS and of me personally over the years: staff, board members, and, of course, our partners and MFRS members. Without you, the organization would not be as strong and vibrant as it is.

I am so honored to have been the leader of this incredible organization, and even though I am stepping down from my role at MFRS, I know I will be involved in a different capacity in the future.  I truly believe for an organization to continue to grow, it needs new ideas, perspectives and change. Change is inevitable, and I look forward to working with the Board and staff during the next three months for a seamless transition as we welcome a new Executive Director into our MFRS family. I will watch with much excitement and anticipation as the new Executive Director stewards MFRS towards our vision creating an intercultural community network of support for immigrant and refugees in Edmonton.

I leave you with this quote that I hope sets the tone for the next chapter of MFRS:

"Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up." - James Belasco and Ralph Stayer

All my best,
Winnie Chow-Horn, Executive Director, Multicultural Family Resource Society