There will soon be a new face at the helm of the United Way Hastings and Prince Edward.
On Wednesday, the board of directors announced Kathy Murphy will be joining the organization as its new executive director.
“I am excited and honoured to join the United Way HPE’s team and to continue the excellent work of the staff, board, campaign cabinet and volunteers and community agencies,” said Murphy. “Today, more than ever it is important that we reach out in order to build stronger, more inclusive communities. My experience has been that the generous donations from United Way funders create immense opportunities for individuals and here in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, our agency partners are strengthening the communities they serve while building greater opportunity for everyone to achieve their potential.”
Hailing from Halifax Nova Scotia, Murphy has managed sales, marketing and events for a number of Halifax based organizations and has run two family-owned businesses in the hospitality sector. She moved to Toronto five years ago to establish a consultancy business.
Prior to that Murphy was President and CEO for the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Education and Development in Halifax, where among other accomplishments, she secured $3.5 million in funding to establish a host of social and economic community development programs.
“She has a track record of entrepreneurship, executive leadership and running a successful consultancy business,” said Brenda Pergantes, Chair of the Board of Directors. “She will be leading a well-managed organization, working with a team of professional and passionate staff who are committed to meeting the organization’s goals of continuing to bring measureable and permanent change for people throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.” Approximately 30 applicants from across the country applied for the Executive Director position.
Murphy officially takes the reins from Judi Gilbert who is retiring on March 20.
In making the announcement the Board of Directors acknowledges the significant contributions of its departing Executive Director, Judi Gilbert, and wishes her much success as she embarks on the next phase of her career.