The United Way of Fort McMurray has announced the hiring of a new Director of Community Impact and Development. Jo-Anne Packham, currently the Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Wellness Society and the Mark Amy Treatment Centre, will be moving into her new role effective November 1st.
“We are enormously excited to welcome Jo-Anne to the team,” said Cecilia Mutch, Executive Director, The United Way of Fort McMurray.
“As a senior leader in the social profit sector, Jo-Anne’s career in the fields of addictions, child and youth care, child development and intergenerational impacts of the Canadian residential school system, will add so much value to the work of United Way.”
Advocating for and improving the lives of Indigenous Canadians has been a strong theme throughout her 22 year career. As a younger person, Jo-Anne was appointed to provincial and national committees representing indigenous youth, her community and peers. She continues to be a change agent through her volunteer work with various non-profit boards, committees and events dedicated to breaking cycles of addictions, poverty and family violence.
“I am very excited for this new opportunity,” said Jo-Anne. “Being able to serve the community in such a different context will be both challenging and rewarding. I am ready to dive into my new role and join the United Way team.”
In her new role, Jo-Anne will provide strategic leadership for communications, community investment and resource development staff.
“Jo-Anne’s understanding of the sector, combined with a remarkable career of leading teams and helping people, families and communities will strengthen our United Way team in so many ways.”