Michael Cullen, Executive Director with United Way Centraide North East Ontario/Nord-est de l’Ontario, has announced that effective mid-July, he will be stepping down from his role with the organization.

In a statement issued by the Board of Directors, Patrick Brouzes, Board President shared,

“Michael’s innovative and hands-on approach to the work of United Way has been a tremendous asset. His leadership and passion have been instrumental in helping our team deliver the mission and vision of United Way in our local communities. He has impacted many lives. Although we are sad to see him go, we are grateful to have had Michael lead this organization for ten years and wish him the best of luck as he enters this new chapter.”

“I love this organization; the partners, the staff, the volunteers. When I reflect on my time with United Way, I’m excited by the transformation, the partnerships, and our accomplishments. When I started with United Way, we were largely recognized as ‘fundraisers’. Today, that value runs much deeper. The strategic plan developed by our Board and staff will drive the work of United Way Centraide North East Ontario in creating lasting impact,” says Cullen.

Michael has been part of the United Way family for almost 14 years, starting in resource development (campaign) before accepting the role of Executive Director. Michael was instrumental in the regionalization of United Way Centraide North East Ontario, bringing 2-1-1 to the North East Region and building essential partnerships including WOLVES United-United FIVE, and the Imagine Playground Revitalization Project. Michael also represents United Way at many community round tables and committees throughout the North East. Under the leadership and direction of the Board of Directors, United Way Centraide North East Ontario will begin their search for a new Executive Director later this summer.

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