Lisa Westermark has taken over the reins of CHIMO Crisis Services. She replaces Joan Cowderoy as CHIMO's executive director after 13 years.
"It's very exciting," said Westermark, who is the former chief executive officer of Richmond Hospital Foundation.
Westermark said when she heard about the job posting, she applied immediately.
"My daughter had volunteered at CHIMO in high school, so I knew about its premier programs and I was always impressed with the work they do," said the nine years Richmond resident. "The thrust of my work at the hospital foundation was about giving back and that's what CHIMO is all about."
Although it's only been a couple of weeks, Westermark said she's already impressed with "the quality of training for volunteers."
Tuesday, Westermark had the opportunity to visit CHIMO's Nova Transition House.
"I was impressed with the support and care given to the women and their children. I think the home saves people's lives."
She admits it's a huge learning curve, but she's thankful Cowderoy and the staff are showing her the ropes. Westermark will officially take over on July 2.
CHIMO is a nonprofit organization whose mandate is to strengthen individuals, families and communities through various programs and services. Founded in 1973, CHIMO also operates the Nova Transition House for women fleeing abuse and for their children. For more information about CHIMO Crisis Services, call 604-279-7077 or visit www.chimocrisis.com.