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United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton Announces Retirement of CEO


Graham Browne, Chair of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton announced today that CEO, Len Lifchus will be retiring from United Way at the end of August.


“On behalf of the Board and staff, I would like to thank Len for the outstanding leadership he has provided as CEO,” stated Browne.  “Despite being new to our area when he arrived on the scene in 2009, Len immersed himself completely in our organization and in the communities which it supports, and in the process had a positive impact on both.  Although Len will have spent five years with our United Way when he retires, his contributions to the United Way movement span over 19 years and three communities. I know the impact Len has made locally, provincially as well as nationally, will be valued and remembered.  We wish him all the best as he starts this new phase of his life.” 


“While there is never a “right time” to move on, I have given this a great deal of thought and feel this is the best decision for me at this time of my life.  It has been an honour to serve in this role and I want to thank the Board and staff for their incredible support during my tenure here,” said Lifchus.  “My 36 year career in the non-profit/voluntary sector has given me so many wonderful opportunities.  I have had the privilege to meet and work alongside some of the most amazing people you would ever want to know.  I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, friends and to travel.” 


Known for his abundance of energy, slowing down is not something that will happen in the immediate future for this retiring CEO.  He will continue to volunteer his time on several local, provincial and national Boards and committees including: Mohawk College Not for Profit and Workplace Leadership  Advisory Committee; Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Community Care Access Centre – Board of Directors & Chair, Governance Committee;  Imagine Canada – Mentor Standards/Accreditation Program; Government of Canada – Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards – National Advisory Committee; and Rotary Club of Hamilton AM, among many others.


The Board of Directors will begin the recruitment process for a new CEO immediately.