Tuesday, 04 September 2012 06:11

Swift Current United Way has new executive director

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The Swift Current board of directors of the Swift Current United Way is pleased to announce Darla Lindbjerg as the new Executive Director of the their organization.

Darla comes to the United Way with a strong background in management, marketing and promotions, administration and governance leadership skills.  Her previous experience in the nonprofit sector will be invaluable and we are pleased to have her join our organization.  Born and raised in the Southwest, she is very familiar with our community, the southwest region and the challenges our communities face,” Susan Woods, President of the Board of the United Way announced. “Darla began her new duties in May and has been very busy already introducing herself to the member agencies we support, as well as introducing herself to the business community.  Her skill sets are exactly what our United Way requires to build awareness and education of what the United Way’s current role is as well as the role the United Way will be taking in the future.” 
Darla replaces former executive director, Jennifer Olfert, who resigned at the end of 2011 to pursue other interests.     
Woods indicated that the Swift Current United Way recently met with all of the United Ways across our province and the United Way of Canada to gain insight to the strategic direction of the United Way of Canada as well as coordinate with other provincial United Way’s on their strategies and goals.  
“The meetings were an excellent venue to learn and share future focus areas, plans and successes of our sister United Way’s as well as an opportunity to share. By working together, efficiencies could be gained. These meetings assisted Swift Current United Way in aligning our organization to the strategic priorities that will bring measurable, positive change in improving the quality of lives in our community.  The formulation of our strategic plan includes three major focus areas; from poverty to possibilities, healthy people, strong communities and ensuring all that kids can be.   We remain committed to supporting our city’s effective and caring community agencies that provide human services but also will be expanding our funding to include a community impact strategy.  This strategy will provide funding to create positive impact on gaps we may have and address the most pressing social issues within our community.”
Lindbjerg also indicated that a new initiative called “211” will be introduced to our community shortly, funded by the United Ways of Saskatoon and Regina.  “This is a non-emergency information system, accessible through phone or internet, which will provide our residents with a means to locate the human services agencies and products we have locally.  While we are not able to provide funding we can provide assistance to the project through gathering and submission of data for our local human services within Swift Current so our residents have access to local information when utilizing this very worthwhile system."
The United Way is preparing for its annual fall campaign kickoff with a breakfast to inform the community of its fall campaign goals and its future initiatives and to thank everyone for their support over the past year.   Lindjberg indicated that the breakfast will occur later in October and looks forward to meeting with everyone who comes out.

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