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Opening Doors for Children & Families

Passing The Torch

A tragic event happened in my life recently. The Executive Director of ABC Head Start, Kathy Lenihan, announced she will be retiring at the end of August 2012. You may think describing this as tragic is a little dramatic, but unless you work at ABC Head Start it is hard to truly understand the impact this could have. I'm sure every loved one and close friend that called me the week of the announcement thought I was crazy because I got emotional every time I talked about it. One friend even said, "Your boss is retiring?? Why are you crying about this??"

I hope everyone has had the opportunity to experience a great leader in their life. Someone who motivates you to do the best work you can do. Who believes in your ideas and who trusts your opinion. Who is not only willing to let you take risks but picks you up and brushes you off if you fall. Who is a visionary and passionate, and in turn whose passion is contagious. Who is willing to listen and be challenged. And who surrounds themselves with other great leaders.

This completely describes Kathy Lenihan! She is all of these things and more. That is why it is going to be so hard to replace such an amazing leader. But as Kathy herself has said, it's important to leave while your still having fun. TV season finales are the greatest analogy: the best sitcoms are the ones that end while they are still relevant, exciting and funny - it's takes great skill to recognize and execute this.

Undoubtedly Kathy has left a legacy at ABC Head Start. She will forever remain respected as an inspirational leader. But it is time to pass the torch. ABC Head Start is now on the search for a new Executive Director. We are looking for an individual who embodies this passion and can take us into the future. Who will maintain the level of excellence that keeps ABC Head Start among the highest quality Early Learning Programs around, and one of the greatest non-profits to work for. If you are interested in this opportunity and challenge please email your resume and cover letter to ED_Search@telus.net.


ABC Head Start Society is a registered charity which has been committed to promoting and supporting strong children, families, and communities in Edmonton for over 30 years. We know that by giving children the best possible early learning and development opportunities in life, we ensure the future well-being and prosperity of our families and communities.