The voice of RAN spokesman Bill Raddatz broke with emotion on May 10, 2019 as he described the huge impact moving into the Family Centre would have on the lives of its low-income tenants. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

The voice of RAN spokesman Bill Raddatz broke with emotion on May 10, 2019 as he described the huge impact moving into the Family Centre would have on the lives of its low-income tenants. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Executive director of Chilliwack mission resigns after decade of service

Legacy left by Bill Raddatz ‘will be felt for many years to come’ says RAN

Bill Raddatz resigned as executive director at Ruth & Naomi’s (RAN) Mission in Chilliwack after 10 years of dedicated service, according to an Oct. 20 press release from RAN.

“Bill’s legacy at the mission will be felt for many years to come as the organization continues helping citizens of Chilliwack to overcome challenges,” the release said.

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The search for a new ED is underway.

In the interim RAN board member Neil Oslund is stepping in as acting ED to maintain “momentum and continuity” at the mission.

However the release did not address or mention any reason for Raddatz’s resignation.

“Bill started working at RAN Mission with a handful of staff, and has led the organization through sustained growth in its vision of transforming the lives of the poor, the homeless, and the addicted, through the love of God.”

RAN now employs a staff of almost 100 people.

“Bill’s contributions to the Mission are impossible to capture in simple words, but during his tenure the organization has implemented and run many successful programs and initiatives, including men’s and women’s recovery centres, community meal services, overnight and extreme weather shelters, community clean-up programs, and community gardens, as well as successful collaboration with organizations and non-profits across the Lower Mainland.”

Raddatz is credited for overseeing the development of the 36-unit RAN Family Centre that opened in 2019; designed to provide low-cost housing.

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“On behalf of the Board, staff, volunteers, supporters and clients of the Mission, I want to express my deepest thanks to Bill for his dedication, heartfelt work, and tireless support of RAN Mission during his tenure and wish him and his family a very blessed future,” board chair Ken Falk said.

“He has so much to be proud of and leaves big shoes to fill as we continue with our vision to transform the lives of those in need through God’s grace and healing.”

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