Kathryn Molloy, Executive Director at People for a Healthy Community (PHC), is leaving to pursue a new opportunity; her tenure comes to a close exactly four years after it started in September 2009. Molloy’s new role is Executive Director of Heritage BC, a province-wide charitable organization providing funding, awards and education in the BC Heritage Community.
“It’s been a pleasure and honour to have lead Gabriola’s only non-profit social service agency for the past four years,” says Molloy. “I’ve laughed, cried, struggled and learned a great deal, and have such appreciation for those who exist with so few resources and so many barriers. Healthy food, a listening ear and safe, affordable housing are what’s needed for everyone to survive—PHC not only helps Gabriolans survive, but thrive. PHC will continue to grow and change, and they can count on my support as a donor and volunteer.”
Stephanie Rossel, Operations Manager, will take over as Interim Executive Director, filling in until the Board launches a formal hiring process immediately. Rossel served in this role earlier this year when Molloy was travelling. Rossel says, “Kathryn Molloy’s legacy is an organization that operates with values of respect and dignity for all, with exemplary support and programs for seniors, families and individuals – whether that’s help finding a decent place to live, or counselling, or a bowl of hot soup and a bag of food. I look forward to working with the rest of the committed staff here to carry on this important work in the community.”
Besides the Food Bank and Soup Socials, PHC also runs a Community Gardens project, the Community Resource Centre, the Seniors Luncheon and other programming for seniors, low- or no-cost counselling services, and much more. For more information, see their website at www.phcgabriola.org.