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Executive director of Community Ventures Society to retire this month

Kevin Lusignan will leave the top position on June 28 and will be replaced by Linda King.
Kevin Lusignan of the Tri-Cities-based Community Ventures Society.

The executive director of the Tri-Cities-based Community Ventures Society (CVS) will retire at the end of this month.

Kevin Lusignan will leave the top position on June 28 and will be replaced by Linda King, who has worked with CVS for nearly 30 years — most recently as the senior director of operations.

In a statement on the CVS website, board chairperson Jenna Christianson-Barker wrote, “The board took the responsibility of selecting the next leader of CVS very seriously.

“With the professional support of the Leaders International team, a thorough and nationwide search was conducted to ensure we selected the best candidate possible to deliver on our mission of facilitating opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families so they can live the life they choose. 

“We are very pleased to welcome Linda as our new executive director and have full confidence in her ability to lead CVS into this next phase of the organization.”

A father of five, Lusignan leaves his CVS role after years of being part of disability-related initiatives including serving as president of the Family Support Institute of B.C.

In 2010, he earned his master’s degree in conflict analysis and management from Royal Roads University. Lusignan has also penned a chapter in a textbook for social work students called Disability and Society Change: A Progressive and Canadian Approach.

Currently, he is the chairperson of the Employment Roundtable of the Tri-Cities and the secretary-treasurer of the Tri-Cities Community Services Cooperative.