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Non-profit that serves Tri-Cities' low-income residents searching for new CEO

Keir Macdonald is resigning in September after four years in the Phoenix Society's big chair.
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Phoenix Society CEO Keir Macdonald (right) is seen here with Little House COO Debbi McKenzie. Macdonald is resigning after four years with the non-profit, which serves the Tri-Cities' low-income or most vulnerable residents.

Keir Macdonald is proud of the work Phoenix Society has accomplished in the four years he's been with the organization.

The B.C. non-profit serves low-income, displaced and/or vulnerable residents in a number of Lower Mainland communities, including people in the Tri-Cities.

But now, Macdonald believes it's time for him to move on.

Today (Aug. 26), the chief executive officer (CEO) announced he'll be resigning from the Phoenix Society on Sept. 16, meaning the search for his replacement is set to begin soon.

In a statement, Macdonald said he's staying in the non-profit sector and has accepted a position at another organization.

During his tenure with Phoenix, the Port Moody resident said he's seen hundreds of people embark on a journey of healing, noting its the nonprofit's duty to help rediscover the dignity of those in need.

"It has been an honour and privilege to lead such an incredible organization — we have confronted massive challenges and Phoenix has played an important role in transforming lives and communities."

"I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and to be involved in such important work," Macdonald added in a social media post about his upcoming resignation.

He's been involved in a number of initiatives in advocating for affordable and social housing options in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

As well, several extreme weather shelters were created in his time, amid rising temperatures in recent summers resulting from climate change, and a food truck hit the road as part of a free meal program to for registered food bank users.

"I have never felt more optimistic about the future of Phoenix, as I know it will continue to be a strong force in supporting the community long after my departure," said Macdonald.

"It has also been a privilege to walk alongside so many individuals and see their transformative journeys through our programs, at the end of the day this is really what the work is all about."

According to Pat Frewer, Phoenix Society board president, the organization is set to take on an interim CEO before recruiting someone full-time to ensure a smooth transition once Macdonald's time is done.

A transition committee has been appointed for what's expected to be a months-long process, Frewer added.

"Phoenix’s future is bright," he said.

"The team has never been stronger. We are well positioned to continue and strengthen the transformative work unfolding at Phoenix, and a search for a new CEO is already underway."

For more information on the Phoenix Society, you can visit its website.