FILE - Executive director Dawna Morey will soon be retiring from The Lending Cupboard. (Photo by Advocate staff).

FILE - Executive director Dawna Morey will soon be retiring from The Lending Cupboard. (Photo by Advocate staff).

Lending Cupboard executive director to retire

Change in executive in store for charity that serves Red Deer and central Alberta

The Lending Cupboard’s executive director is retiring in October after seven years on the job.

Dawna Morey said it’s been a rewarding and a privilege to be a part of the charity that lends a variety of medical equipment free of charge and serves a number of central Alberta communities.

“I think of how far we have come since I joined the organization in 2015, when we were open four-hours a day, loan forms were hand-written and we were in the old location which we had outgrown,” said Morey, 68, in a statement.

“Fast-forward to today, with the increased hours, automated processes and much more space in a new facility. We have improved policies and procedures and most of all we have an exceptional staff team and volunteers that work collaboratively – always focused on our clients.”

She said the organization sits in a financially sound position with a steady increase in fundraising efforts and donations, and new community partnerships.

Board chair Amanda Blair said that Morey has shown tremendous leadership during her time at The Lending Cupboard (TLC).

“I’d like to highlight how fortunate The Lending Cupboard has been to have someone like Dawna at the helm for the last seven years. She has been instrumental in helping to get us to where we are now,” said Blair, adding that Morey has also worked diligently to bolster the profile of TLC across the region.

“She’s been such an advocate for our organization and what we do – she’s really passionate about The Lending Cupboard and that all of our clients are treated with respect.”

Blair credited Morey for helping to build a foundation on which the ongoing success and growth of TLC are assured.

“Dawna has been someone that the board can really lean on. She will be so greatly missed by everyone that she has worked with.”

Morey said she will be assisting the board in the search for the next executive director, and will always be an ambassador for the charity.

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