Diane Janzen new executive director for Chilliwack Community Services

Janzen replaced outgoing exec director James Challman

Diane Janzen has been named the new executive director of Chilliwack Community Services.

A familiar face has joined the team at Chilliwack Community Services. Diane Janzen was appointed as the organization’s new executive director.

She has spent the last two weeks learning more about Community Services’ 43 programs, meeting staff, clients and rekindling community connections.

“I had the feeling like I was home,” she says.

Janzen already has a good foothold in this community, having served as a school board trustee for six years (2002-2008) and as a city councillor (2008-2011). She also served as a board member at Chilliwack Community Services for a few years, and has volunteered for their various programs in the past.

“Through those positions I just have had such a privilege of getting to know the community,” she says. “So many communities have sort of lost a sense of community, but Chilliwack hasn’t.”

But even as she settles into her new role, she’s learning just how deep that sense of community is.

“What I’ve been struck with is the commitment that the staff and volunteers have,” she says. “They are committed to making Chilliwack a better place.”

It’s that essence that will remain at the core of CCS, as they continue to offer services to more than 10,000 people within this city. Community services has a broad mandate to serve everyone from young children and youth, their families, seniors, workers and new Canadians. They’ve been providing services in Chilliwack since the 1920s.

As they move forward, Janzen says they will continue to look at homelessness here, along with addiction and mental health.

“What we’re going to be doing is ending off our current strategic plan, then identifying priorities for the coming year,” she says. “Then over the next few months, we will be looking at engaging the community and starting new discussions.”

She says any organization is “constantly reinventing” itself and adjusting their mandate to the current needs of the community.

“We are already working in the area of youth and homeless, and I think we have a lot to offer over and above what we already are offering,” she adds.

Janzen replaces James Challman, who was ED of the organization for the previous five years.

To learn more about Chilliwack Community Services, their programming, or how to volunteer, visit them online.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chilliwack baby is the pancake poster child for provincewide fundraiser

Face of one-year-old patient Sauyer Bell is who IHOP chose for its BC Children’s Hospital fundraiser

Residential Tenancy Branch won’t allow B.C. landlord to evict tenant even though he’s in jail

Landlord baffled at arbitrator decision based on notice of hearing not being served properly

From the Chilliwack Progress Archives: Central public school principal paints a bleak picture

In 1925, the principal of a Chilliwack school had strong words for a class of Grade 8 students

Fraser Valley couple wins $500K after finding scratch-and-win while moving

  • Robert Walters and Lois Gueret of Agassiz win half a million from Scratch & Win ticket

Stolen truck recovered by RCMP after it was used to commit crimes

Older red Chevy S10 was linked to thefts last weekend from rural and industrial areas of Chilliwack

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

Toffoli scores OT winner as Canucks beat Habs 4-3

Demko makes 37 saves for Vancouver

Private clinics would harm ‘ordinary’ people using public system in B.C.: lawyer

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced in 2018 that the government would begin to fine doctors $10,000

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

Child in hospital following fatal crash that killed father, sibling on B.C. highway

The single vehicle crash occured near Kamloops on Highway 5A

‘Die!’: Vernon councillor mailed death threat

This story contains information that might be sensitive to some readers

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Two B.C. men plead guilty to bus-terminal assault of man with autism in Ontario

Parmvir Chahil and Jaspaul Uppal due to be sentenced in June for aggravated assault

Most Read