United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island Hires New Executive Director

For Immediate Release
United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island Hires New Executive Director
Nanaimo, BC – July 4, 2012 - The Board of Directors of United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is pleased to announce the hiring of Signy Madden as UWCNVI’s new Executive Director. Ms. Madden will start working full time at United Way in September.
Ms. Madden is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with twenty-five years’ experience managing non-profit agencies and running successful communications and fundraising campaigns. For the past 15 years she has been a consultant on Vancouver Island and has been involved in many campaigns such as saving the Kinsol Trestle and Bethlehem Retreat Centre and building new facilities for St. John Ambulance and Nanaimo Community Hospice. Prior to consulting, Ms. Madden worked in Vancouver as Executive Director of the Option Youth Society and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. She is a member of the Executive of the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation and the Education Committee of the Vancouver Island Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
“Our Board is thrilled that Signy has joined our team,” says Don Bonner, President of the UWCNVI Board of Directors. “We were seeking a non-profit leader who can understand and inspire our communities, volunteers and donors, improve our fundraising efficiency as well as build new partnerships. Signy’s involvement with many charities on the Island, and her professionalism and enthusiasm for bettering our communities are a great fit with United Way.”
Since 1958, United Way CNVI has invested in programs and services that help people to improve their lives and that strengthen our community. Last year, UWCNVI raised $986,000. Because of the generosity of donors and volunteers, UWCNVI was able to make grants in 2012 to 44 charities supporting 50 programs for children, youth and seniors in Central Island, the Comox Valley and Campbell River. UWCNVI also manages the Success by Six early childhood development programs throughout the Central and Northern Island and is the Community Entity for Nanaimo’s Homelessness Partnership Initiative.

For additional information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Erin O’Reilly
313 Public Relations on behalf UWCNVI


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