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Executive Director Retires

15-11-2013
At the annual year-end board meeting of Disaster Aid Canada, Don Ohlgren submitted his resignation as the Executive Director of Disaster Aid Canada.

At the annual year-end board meeting of Disaster Aid Canada, Don Ohlgren submitted his resignation as the Executive Director of Disaster Aid Canada.

 

Don said as follows: My wife and I have been truly privileged to be involved with Disaster Aid in one form or another for the past nine years through our Rotary Clubs connection, first as volunteers for Shelter-Box, and then as full time co-coordinators, and now again as volunteers with Disaster Aid Canada.


We have helped to raise just over Ten Million Dollars during this time and have made a difference between life and death for thousands of people all over the world.

 

None of this would have happened if it were not for the assistance of our donors and the many hundreds of Rotary Clubs and Rotarian's across Canada who have stood by us and helped us to help others.

 

During these nine years, we have made some difficult decisions to change directions and create a 100% Canadian organization that does the same relief efforts but keeps the funds, purchasing and financial controls in Canada. Recent events, both morally and legally have proven this to be a wise decision.

 

We will truly miss the interaction and support shown by so many of you across Canada. It's time for us to pass the torch to new blood and assist them to make Disaster Aid even more successful. We also feel that it's time for us to have some time for ourselves and to slow down and enjoy more of life itself, together.

 

John Joynt, a Rotarian and accomplished humanitarian has volunteered to take the helm in the interim.

 

The board of Disaster Aid Canada has also decided to expand the board to truly represent all of Canada and has invited applications for board positions.

 

Thank you all for your support. These have been the most exciting years of our life as we have been able to work with Rotarians and their friends to truly make a difference in this world.

 

We will miss you all.

 

Regards - Don and Anne Ohlgren  

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