Patricia Jones

To our friends and supporters,

I hope you’re doing well and adjusting as our city and province continue to open up.

I committed in my last note to keep you informed about things that are happening at CFS. Today, I need to tell you that I’ve made the difficult decision to resign as CEO of Catholic Family Service and the Unlocking Potential Foundation. My resignation will take effect this summer, though we have not set a specific date.

The first thing you need to know is that my decision is not about leaving CFS; it is about going to another opportunity. In fact, it is the strength and resilience of CFS that gives me the confidence to take this step.

Our team has been working hard to advance the organization during the past few years. We are guided by a clear strategic plan with a clear purpose to build strong families. As an organization, we are united and committed to making that happen through our every action. We have also established and continue investing in sector-leading collaborations to benefit those we serve.

We have incredible bench strength throughout the organization, particularly our leadership. I am confident that my departure will have little, if any, impact on the programs and services that families in Calgary trust and rely on.

In my last note, almost two weeks ago, I shared how proud I was of our staff’s creativity and flexibility. They adapted and evolved our services in a matter of days, leveraging technology to serve those in need. This example shows the kind of drive and capacity held by our team.

I’m grateful for the strength of our Boards and our Leadership Team. Together, we’ve built an organization that will be just fine without me—I’m proud of that.

The Board is currently working through the appropriate steps to define the new CEO selection process. When there is more news about that process, we will let you know.

On the more personal side of things, I’ve worked with CFS for 27 years, starting as a counsellor in 1993. It has been an incredible organization to invest in, and I’m especially grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to lead it for the past nine years. We have grown and done so much. I’m excited to see what happens next.

I mentioned at the start of this message that my resignation was about going to another opportunity. I’ve accepted a role as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Barrier-free service is a mantra at CFS and a personal passion of mine. This new role will allow me to remove barriers across a network of organizations as I join a team working to ensure every Calgarian has a place to call home.

I’m looking forward to the challenge, and rest assured, I will always be the biggest advocate for CFS and UP in our sector!

Thank you for your unwavering support in building strong families. All that CFS has and will accomplish would not happen without you.

 

Patricia Jones,

CEO, Catholic Family Service and the UP Foundation