Kelowna, July 6, 2017 - IWEN Canada's Board of Directors has made a bold decision on their future leadership. Following a courageous decision to take the next step within their non-profit organization to hire an Executive Director, the IWEN Canada board unanimously supported the transition of two of their current board members, Vice President Tamara McLellan, and Director of Programs, Kate Phelps, into a shared collaborative Co-Executive Director leadership model.
Having both McLellan and Phelps in the role is like getting the best parts of two existing candidates in one. "These two women bring a solid history of dynamic leadership and complementary skills and experience. We are excited to have two women who are completely devoted to creating opportunities for marginalized women and girls working together for a brighter future," says President, Kevin Edgecombe.
McLellan brings to the co-leadership position ten years of work in the marketing and non-profit industries. She officially resigned as the Director of Marketing of FineLine Solutions to accept the position, an organization that did fundraising and donor engagement for non-profits across North America, and is coming off of maternity leave with her one year old son. Over the past ten years she has traveled and volunteered in Africa, India, and Central America, and has held positions on various boards and steering committees, most recently co-founding the Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan.
Phelps joined the IWEN board in 2011 making her one of the longest-standing board members. Originally from Winnipeg, Phelps has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She pulls together a diverse fifteen-year professional background in banking, management, and the international development sector. Phelps has worked for the Royal Bank of Canada, the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Commission, as well as several research, empowerment, and advocacy groups.
The co-executive directors will share overall strategic and many day-to-day operational responsibilities for IWEN. McLellan focuses primarily on fundraising and communications, while Phelps is responsible for program development/oversight, as well as policy execution.
McLellan and Phelps assumed their new roles in early May. A new website just launched, which you can view at www.iwencanada.com.
IWEN Canada was founded ten years ago to lift up marginalized women and girls in Canada and abroad, specifically in Nepal.