Since leaving public office in December of last year probably the most common question I have been asked is: "What's next?".
Today I am writing to share that news with you, and invite you to stay in touch with me as I begin some new work in our community...
For the last several years I have worked with the United Way of Ottawa as part of their Board of Directors to do everything I could to make sure agencies, organizations and individuals working to make our community stronger, more inclusive and compassionate had the tools they needed.
Earlier today in a press release it was announced I will be stepping down from the Board to assume the role of Vice-President of Resource Development for our United Way.
Ottawa and our entire region are made better and stronger by the work of outstanding individuals and organizations helping people every day.
I am proud the United Way is one of these organizations and I am honoured to take on this new role.
The United Way works with other organizations, community leaders, governments and the private sector to look at the issues facing our residents, build leading research intelligence, convene the right people together, empower agencies and individuals and then: make positive change happen.
From moving people from poverty to possibility to ensuring kids can be all they can be to supporting healthy people and strong communities the United Way touches lives across Ottawa and with our amalgamated partners, across the Prescott-Russell, Lanark and Renfrew County areas.
My commitment to our community is what brought me to work with the United Way.
I know from my time in elected office that there are many people helping our community in many different ways each day.
Each one is important, each one is needed.
I look forward to continuing to stay connected and committed to our community together.