Dale Cuthbertson is retiring as executive director of Chilliwack Community Services.

Dale Cuthbertson is retiring as executive director of Chilliwack Community Services.

Cuthbertson leaving Community Services

After 12 years at the helm, Dale Cuthbertson handed in his resignation as executive director of Chilliwack Community Services, said CCS board chair Alex McAulay.

Community Services will soon be changing hands.

After 12 years at the helm, Dale Cuthbertson handed in his resignation as executive director of Chilliwack Community Services, said CCS board chair Alex McAulay.

Cuthbertson recently notified the board of his intention to retire effective March 31, after more than three decades in the community social services sector.

“It was a bit of a shock,” McAulay said. “I don’t think it was expected at all.”

During Cuthbertson’s reign, the number of programs and services offered by Community Services “doubled,” which was no small feat on its own, he said. What made it particularly challenging and noteworthy was maintaining a “culture of caring” when people walked through the doors, during that period of sustained growth.

“That’s a remarkable achievement, and we will forever be indebted to him for his service,” he said. “He did it by putting the right people in place and providing the right leadership.”

Numerous initiatives he spearheaded or joined were geared to enhancing Chilliwack’s quality of life.

“Dale has guided the organization through numerous shifts in political and funding directions, and most recently led the partnership to create the Olympic Legacy affordable housing project on School Street,” said McCaulay.

Other projects include establishing a presence with the Sardis building, and the development of the Mary Street location for multicultural programs and more.

It’s not clear when the ED position will be posted to find a replacement.

“But we do have a process in place and everything will happen in fairly short order,” he said.

Suzanne Cameron will be filling in as executive director in an interim capacity.

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