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August 27, 2013 permalink
Dufferin CAS executive director Trish Keachie will retire in November.
Keachie to retire as DCAFS executive director
The Board of Directors of Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS) has announced that the agency’s executive director, Trish Keachie, will be retiring in November.
“Trish has been in her role as Executive Director for six years and in that time, has accomplished a great deal,” DCAFS President Steve Scott said in a news release. “Trish has been instrumental in raising the visibility of our multi-service agency, facilitating collaboration across our range of programs, making service more accessible through implementing our Tuesday Talk-In clinic, bringing autism services under the DCAFS umbrella, and spearheading a number of initiatives and grants that have provided training and development opportunities for both DCAFS staff and the community.”
Mr. Scott said that under her leadership DCAFS has been “a vibrant and visible partner in many important collaborative efforts that have enhanced our services to children and families in Dufferin County,” adding:
“Trish’s leadership as co-chair of the Dufferin
Coalition for Kids has been an important factor in the development of strong community partnerships and innovation.”
Ms. Keachie’s career in the social services was described as long and varied. “Her work life included teaching Early Childhood Education at Mohawk College, managing an Employment Strategies Team at the Region of Peel, 13 years as a policy analyst and manager for the Ministry of Community and Social Services, a two-year secondment with George Brown College as the Chair of the Early Childhood Education Department and seven years with the City of Toronto, managing homelessness programs. She joined DCAFS in 2007 and is delighted to have ended her career in a community agency, working in such a challenging but fulfilling position.”
Mr. Scott said she had worked hard to build an inclusive agency with a caring team of professionals who offer compassionate and responsive services to all in the community.
“The Board has thoroughly enjoyed working closely with Trish and has become a stronger governing body as a result. DCAFS has flourished under her leadership and she will be greatly missed by staff, our community partners and the Board.”
He said Trish “plans to become a more involved grandmother, travel the world and of course, volunteer for Wellies to Wishes!
“We wish Trish all the best in whatever paths she chooses to follow!”
Source: Orangeville Citizen