On behalf of the Board of Directors of St. Stephen’s Community House, I wish to inform you that our Executive Director, Liane Regendanz, has advised us of her intention to retire at the end of March, 2015.
Liane has been with St. Stephen’s for 30 years, the last 18 years as Executive Director.
Under her enthusiastic and enlightened direction, St. Stephen’s has become one of Toronto’s most progressive and respected social service agencies, helping more than 25,000 citizens each year to improve the quality of their lives.
The success of our many services directed at people who are unemployed, homeless, seniors, at-risk youth, immigrants and newcomers to Canada, young families, and community dispute resolution, has helped to break barriers and make Toronto a better place to live.
Liane’s passion and personal commitment to social justice and to marginalized populations, together with her track record of forging sustained collaborative relationships with our many constituents — government funders, United Way, private and corporate donors, service users, other agencies and associations, and especially our strong group of professional employees and volunteers — have been pivotal to our success.
Her leadership in Toronto’s community services sector was formally recognized in 2012 when she received the Frances Lankin Community Services Award.
To her credit, Liane will retire knowing that St. Stephen’s is in good hands, with a strong management team, a clear business vision and strategy, and a continued commitment to effective, measurable service in keeping with the ongoing demographic changes and needs in our community.
The Board and Liane are working to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of service excellence. The search firm, Carmichael, Birrell, Loberto has been retained to assist the Board in finding St. Stephen’s next Executive Director. That process will be wrapping up this month and once a selection has been made an announcement will be sent out to all key stakeholders.
Please join us in thanking Liane and wishing her well in her future retirement plans.
Charles Gordon, Board Chair