July 18, 2018- Dartmouth NS --The Board of Directors of Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre today announced that long-time Executive Director Roxanne Manning is stepping down to pursue new professional opportunities.
"It's been an incredible 10 years with Roxanne at the helm," said Board Chair Anne Cogdon. "Under her leadership the Dartmouth Family Centre built a strong reputation within the community and the organization’s track record drew local, provincial and national attention."
"Roxanne steered the organization with a steady hand and uncompromising vision throughout its bold expansion which led to opening the new Dartmouth North Community Food Centre three years ago. She leaves the organization in great shape for her successor; we thank her for her outstanding contribution and wish her the very best," said Cogdon.
“It’s been a privilege to work with such dedicated staff, volunteers, partners and community members. Together we’ve created community spaces built on respect and the recognition that we all share a desire to belong and contribute to our community,” said Manning. “We’ve done great work together and I know that I’m leaving the organization in excellent hands.
Leadership attracted growing support
Manning joined the organization in 2008 and played a key role in strengthening its programs and services geared towards parents and children (aged 0 to 6), attracting new support from government and other funders.
Recognizing the deep need among community members of all ages, in 2012, Manning and the DFC/DNCFC Board began negotiations with Community Food Centres Canada, a national organization looking for partners to help open Atlantic Canada’s first Community Food Centre.
The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre opened its doors in August of 2013, dramatically increasing the organization’s footprint and impact in Dartmouth North.
Hiring process to begin this fall
Caralee McDaniel has been named interim Executive Director. McDaniel has worked at Dartmouth Family Centre for more than 17 years and is surrounded by a solid staff team, many of whom have worked for the organization for more than ten years.
The Board will develop its search process for a new Executive Director over the summer and expects to initiate an open call for applications this fall. People interested in applying should watch the organization’s social media channels or sign up for its eNewsletter.