This month, we say farewell and pay tribute to our long-standing CEO, Dira Horne, who left BCS at the end of June. BCS president, John Ignatius acknowledged and thanked Dira for her contributions to BCS over the past 10 years.
He wrote, “Dira is well respected not only in the local community but in the ACT and further afield. She has been a key figure in the community sector and we are privileged to have had her with us. Dira gave enormously of herself, steered BCS through many difficult times, made BCS a major contributor to people’s lives, and inspired many.”
In her farewell message to staff, Dira thanked the board for their support of her decision and wrote that it’s time for her to move onto new adventures. “I have dedicated a decade to this wonderful organisation and have steered [it] through many government reforms, expansions, and funding challenges.
“I am so proud of what we have achieved together [and] all this would not have been possible without the considerable talents and hard work of the Executive team and all the skilled and committed staff and volunteers that make up this organisation. BCS has been a wonderful place to work I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing people. That said I am also excited about the next chapter in my life.”
John Ignatius expressed confidence and optimism as he concluded his message to BCS employees. “There are many challenges ahead for BCS, as there are for the whole community services sector, but I know BCS will meet these challenges with enthusiasm … and achieve the inclusive connected community that is our vision.”
BCS’s Executive Manager for People and Culture, Mandy Green, is acting CEO while a recruitment and merit selection process to appoint a new CEO is underway.
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