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Changing of the guard in process at Green Haven Shelter for Women

Liz Westcott is retiring after 30 years at the helm; Ligaya Byrch has been hired in interim role and will help hire a permanent executive director

The board of directors for Green Haven Shelter for Women has hired an interim executive director to work with the board over the new few months to plan and hire a permanent executive director.

Ligaya Byrch will become the interim executive director on Nov. 27 following over 30 years of leadership provided by Liz Westcott who is retiring.

Byrch will bring to the organization over 10 years of leadership experience in the shelter system including the management of a women’s program in Toronto.

Byrch comes with over 20 years experience at a governance level and over 30 years experience at a senior leadership and executive level.

Most recently, as community innovator and entrepreneur, Byrch has been able to support various local charities to raise funds for their programs.

This work has amounted to over $2 million in base and one-time dollars coming into the local community to better support some of the most vulnerable of our society.

“I look forward to the opportunity to support the clients, staff and board through this period of transition,” saiy Byrch.

“It is a privilege to serve this organization in this capacity.”

Green Haven will take the next few months to build an assessment and analysis of the organization today and where it needs to go.

“The board realized that we need to take the time and pause and determine the right next steps,” said Cheryl Harrison, board chair.

“After having a director in the role for over 30 years, there was a need to understand where the organization will go next,” said Harrison.

“We thank the women we serve and the community for their patience and continued support. We will continue to communicate changes and growth at Green Haven.”

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