June 19, 2019 Governance, News

The University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) announced that Johanne Blenkin has stepped down from her role as UNA Executive Director effective June 14, 2019.

During her tenure as UNA Executive Director, Blenkin implemented improvements to both internal UNA operations and external community services, a foundational transformation necessary for the UNA to keep up with the growing needs of the community.

The UNA Board of Directors worked with Blenkin on setting a solid and clear strategic direction for 2019-2021 that focuses on strengthening UNA governance, establishing financial stability, improving operational capacity and engaging the community.

“Johanne has been a leader within the UNA and we thank her for all of her energy and drive to make the UNA a strong organization,” said UNA Chair Ying Zhou. “We wish her the very best in her future endeavours.”

Internally, Blenkin installed a more effective organizational structure while updating employee policies, training and professional development programs. She also improved financial reporting and reformed the budgeting process.

Externally, she’s credited with fostering a culture of respect and support that strengthened relationships with the community, UBC and other partner groups.

“I would like to thank my colleagues on staff for their hard work, ideas and enthusiasm,” said Blenkin. “It has been a pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you all every success now and in the future.”

With Blenkin’s departure, UNA Recreation Manager Andrew Clements and UNA Operations Manager Wegland Sit will act as Interim Co-Executive Directors.

The UNA is committed to building on the improvements that Blenkin has established and will continue to develop its services according to the needs of the community.

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