Sandra Clarkson named new executive director following national search

The Calgary Drop-In Centre’s (The DI’s) board of directors is pleased to announce a new full-time executive director, effective immediately.

“After a comprehensive, national search, I’m pleased to report that the successful candidate is Calgarian Sandra Clarkson,” says Ken Uzeloc, board chair, the DI. “I’ve known Sandra since she joined the DI in 2017, and am confident that she is the inclusive, committed leader we need to fulfil the DI’s aim to be the most effective housing-focused shelter in North America.”

The board agreed with the recommendations of the board’s search committee that Clarkson was their top choice. The committee engaged Boyden Canada to conduct the search in March 2018.

“From the beginning, the search committee told us they were looking for a person who brings big leadership, an unbiased eye to where the DI needs to be headed, a passion for the cause, and the ability to speak to community relationships and incorporate the needs of all stakeholders,” says Kevin Gregor, partner, Boyden.

Leaders in the sector support the decision.

“I think this is the beginning of an exciting new era for the DI,” says Tim Richter, president & CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. “With awesome staff, a great board, supportive funders, and a visionary new leader in Sandra, the Calgary Drop-In Centre could become an engine of ending homelessness in Calgary, and a leader in the movement to end homelessness in Canada.”

“On behalf of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I would like to congratulate Sandra Clarkson on her appointment as the executive director of the Calgary Drop-In Centre,” says Diana Krecsy, president and CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. “I commend Sandra for the positive direction she is taking the DI, and for positioning the organization to become the most effective shelter in North America by helping people return to housing while continuing to provide necessary services to the most vulnerable in our community. We are confident that the DI, under Sandra’s leadership, will continue to be instrumental in helping to create long-term systemic change that will benefit Calgarians who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.