Emmanuel at Brighton Interim Leadership Plan Update

We would like to share the update that, as part of the Emmanuel at Brighton interim leadership plan, Kelly Birch-Baker, Director of Operations, has graciously agreed to cover portions of the Executive Director (ED) role on a temporary basis while formal recruitment for the new ED is completed. Kelly has been with Emmanuel 35 years and holds a deep understanding of the Centre’s core values. She will apply her years of expertise to ensure quality of care and business continuity, while supporting employees throughout the transition period.

Kelly’s expanded role will focus on leadership, board relations, policy management, human resource management, partnerships, funding and finance, administration, program management, operations, and compliance with relevant legislative requirements. Kelly will remain reachable at emmchild@emmanuelchildcare.ca or through the office line: 519-886-3610. Please note that correspondence to director@emmanuelchildcare.ca will only be periodically monitored.

As a next step in the leadership transition, a recruitment committee is now being formed with representation from the Board of Directors (including current parents) and Emmanuel employees. This committee will work to articulate the strategic competencies and skills required for the ED role and propose a hiring process for Board approval. The committee will seek a candidate that can fulfill continued delivery of quality care, rooted in Emmanuel’s values, while also supporting innovative growth in alignment with the strategic plan. Applications from within Emmanuel as well as outside the Centre will be welcome. It is a priority for the Board that the hiring process is both fair and transparent. To this end, full details will be shared with all employees once finalized.

In closing, we want to extend our thanks to Kelly for her continued leadership and to all of the employees for their ongoing dedication. Your questions, comments and concerns on the transition process continue to be welcome to chair@emmanuelchildcare.ca.

Eve Nadler, Chair, on behalf of the Board of Directors, Emmanuel at Brighton