Leaders with Heart: David McKenzie and Vicki Reid
In mid June, the Children’s Cottage Society Board of Directors was elected. We would like to take this opportunity to thank David McKenzie, outgoing Board President, for his dedication and leadership.
During his more than a dozen years as a member of the Board, David has served on the Executive and on many committees, always giving of his time and knowledge without hesitation. David continues to serve on the Board as Past President.
We would also like to introduce Board President, Vicki Reid. Vicki first encountered the Children’s Cottage Society more than five years ago when she visited the Crisis Nursery to determine, as then Director of Community Affairs for Cenovus Energy, if the Nursery was a program worth supporting.
“At Cenovus, we wanted to invest in comprehensive programs that focused on strong and healthy families,” she says. “When I toured the Crisis Nursery and saw the depth of care and wrap-around support, I was hooked.” Vicki was drawn to become personally involved as a member of the Children's Cottage Society Board. Cenovus Energy is to this day a strong supporter of the Children’s Cottage.
One of Vicki's main priorities as president is to support the building of an additional facility so that the Children’s Cottage Society can impact more young children who are at risk of harm. Vicki says “It hurts my heart to know that we are turning away children and families who need support. We want to have the space and resources to help them before they have even more challenges."