Monday August 8, 2011


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Challman Chosen to CCS Helm

Chilliwack Community Services the beneficiary of Royal Roads scholar

Released by Carol Smith, CCS


fter an extensive search and review of over 100 candidates, the Board of Directors of Chilliwack Community Services is delighted to announce that James Challman will arrive August 15 from Alberta to lead the society in the role of Executive Director. 


“We are fortunate to have found someone with so much experience and someone who shares our values and fits our organization so well,” noted Alex McAulay, Board President.


James received his Bachelor of Science with a Specialization in Psychology from the University of Alberta and is expecting to complete his Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University this fall. He started out doing front line work for Skills Society in Edmonton where he worked with adults with disabilities.


He then moved into a Program Manager position after several years on the front line and then moved again into an Executive Director role with Blue Heron Support Services. 


During his tenure, the organization grew to a staff of over 150 and a $5 million budget.


James is passionate about non-profit work and describes himself as a servant leader.  He brings a lot of experience and proven leadership in the areas of contract negotiation, strategic planning, and accreditation standards development. 


“He is a jean wearing kind of guy and will be active finding out what’s happening in the agency and in the community”, remarked Mr. McAulay. “His family life and community life are important to him and he is anxious to start getting involved.”   James is an active Rotarian and was the former President of his local minor hockey association.


“The Board is confident James will be an excellent fit for Chilliwack Community Services and for the Chilliwack community”, assured Mr. McAulay. 


Since April 1, Suzanne Cameron has served as Interim Executive Director and will resume her role as Operations Director upon James’ arrival. 


About CCS

Chilliwack Community Services is an independent local charity organization with a staff of 90 employees and 240 volunteers who work out of several locations in Chilliwack and Sardis.  A wide variety of support services are provided that help create opportunities with people to make positive change in their lives.  Programming includes Family Place, Central Gateway and Preschool, Child Care Resource & Referral, Immigrant Settlement Services, Family Support Services, Victim Assistance, Youth Services, Meals on Wheels, Community Drivers, Volunteer Chilliwack, and more.


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