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Campaign touchdown postponed once again 0

By Sean Chase, Daily Observer

The Renfrew County United Way has postponed its fall campaign touchdown until February following the departure of its executive director.

Meanwhile, the organization continues to look for a successor to David Studham, who left the post on Dec. 20.

Re-scheduled from December to take place today, the wrap-up has been put off until mid-February at the earliest. No specific date has been set.

Carol Devine, chairwoman of the United Way board of directors said Thursday they decided to hold off the traditional campaign touchdown until they dealt with the various staff changes that came about due to Studham’s departure.

“We wanted to make sure we had enough time to settle in and get things reorganized,” she said.

The United Way had set $500,000 as its 2012 goal. At the beginning of December, the campaign was already 67 per cent towards that milestone. The campaign had first been extended to Dec. 31 in order to allow workplaces which sponsor internal payroll deduction campaigns to complete their activities and for other potential donors to forward their contributions prior to year-end. So far, CFB Petawawa has raised a total of $71,582.99 in support of the United Way, surpassing its 2012 target of $45,000.

Devine said it has been a successful campaign and something that couldn’t have been pulled off without the dedication of the agency’s many volunteers and the generosity of donors.

“We are very appreciative of the hard work of our volunteers,” she said. “We have a great community that pulls together.”

The agency is looking at its future options for staffing. Until Jan. 23, they are seeking “expressions of interest” from persons who have expertise in several skill sets including finance and administration, fundraising and philanthropy, proposal writing, human resources, public relations, community collaboration and communications.

“We work with agencies to build capacity and building communities so it is quite an important job,” said Devine, adding the board thanked Studham for his years of service to the agency.

Expressions of interest can be mailed in a letter marked private and confidential to: Board Chair, Renfrew County United Way, 1330 Pembroke St. West, Unit B, Pembroke, Ontario, K8A-7A3.

Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist

schase@thedailyobserver.ca

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