What a journey – What a joy!
In late 1999, I took voluntary severance from a large private body and looked for a local job to keep me going, whilst I sought something suitable for the next few working years.
I replied to an advert in the local paper (The North Wales Chronicle) advertising an admin / reception post with a charity in Colwyn Bay. That was the start of my exciting and illuminating journey with the 3rd Sector, which was to become such a passionate and rewarding experience.
I was utterly gobsmacked to learn of the quantity, quality and diversity of local charitable organisations that existed in the county of Conwy. I had found my niche, I knew where I wanted to work, and with people who strive every day to make things better for others, for their communities and for people who are in need. I had found the ‘can do’ people!
Fast forward 23 years (and believe me it was fast), and I have held a few posts, all within the voluntary sector; funding officer, grant assessor, grant manager, finance officer, and finally Chief Officer. Although mostly within CVSC, there were about 4 years working with WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action). Without a doubt, it has been the most rewarding, challenging, and, at times humbling experience. I am proud of what the team at CVSC has achieved over the years, including the changes that we have made to our organisation, our member organisations and of course, ultimately to the people in our communities.
The time has come for me to step down, and to hand over the reins to someone who has the energy and passion to continue the onward journey. Someone who sees the vision and has the strength and commitment to the sector to continue the brilliant work undertaken daily at CVSC and I’m delighted that the Board of Trustees have appointed that very person!
…and for me? I am looking forward to the next chapter. I have things to do, and places to see! I am starting with a ‘gap’ year and my gap is after I have finished work, and not before, travelling in S.E.Asia initially, and who knows where next… It’s very liberating not having an agenda!
I am going to miss the ‘can do’ people, but who knows when or where I may pop up in the future….in a voluntary capacity of course!
I wish you all the very best,