With Susan Lewis’ announcement this January that she would retire after nearly 30 years as United Way’s President & CEO, the search was on. Following a thorough recruitment process that began this spring, United Way’s Board of Trustees today announced that our very own Connie Walker has been selected as the incoming President & CEO of United Way of Winnipeg.
“Connie is a remarkable leader,” said Herb Peters, Board of Trustees Chair. “She has the experience, qualifications, knowledge of community and our organization, and the character and commitment to be a superb President for United Way and champion of Winnipeg.”
Connie joined United Way as the Vice President of Community Investment in 2008, coming from the city where, as Manager Strategic Management she focused on the overall organizational planning and performance of the 19 City Departments. Connie’s first career was a public health nurse, where she began her journey of understanding first-hand the challenges people living in poverty face.
Since arriving at United Way, Connie has led the organization’s focus on a collective impact approach. This has involved bringing together partners from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to tackle head-on some of the most challenging issues our community faces – moving people from poverty to possibility; ending homelessness; ensuring all children enter school ready to learn – all the while ensuring support and stability for a network of more than 100 programs, partnerships and services throughout our city.
“Personally, it means so much to be able to leave my position knowing it will be in such capable hands,” said outgoing President & CEO Susan Lewis. “Connie embodies the values that drive United Way and is deeply committed to a Winnipeg where everyone can realize their full potential.”
Connie and Susan have already begun to map out a plan for a seamless transition over the next few months that will ensure the important work our community expects from United Way remains uninterrupted and continues to move forward.
“I’m honored and humbled to be chosen to take on this role,” Walker said. “It is an exciting time in our community – to vision, to work and to learn together. Tackling our city’s most pressing issues is not easy work, but I believe that we can make anything possible when we work together. I look forward to serving our many volunteers, donors and our community in advancing these efforts.”