Shirley Wilson leaves ‘Bigs’ for job with Langley hospital foundation

Abbotsford school trustee Shirley Wilson has resigned from her position with the local Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization to accept a job with the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation (LMHF).

Shirley Wilson

Shirley Wilson

Abbotsford school trustee Shirley Wilson has resigned from her position with the local Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization to accept a job with the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation (LMHF).

Wilson’s last day as director of external relations for BBBS of the Fraser Valley is Sept. 14, and her new role as LHMF director of development begins Sept. 27.

Wilson said it was a tough choice to leave a job that she loves, but she is looking forward to the “learning opportunities” and the different challenges she will face in her new position.

“It was an opportunity, career-wise, that I couldn’t turn down,” she said.

The LMHF is a non-profit organization that raises and designates funds for medical equipment and programs for the hospital.

Individuals and groups raise money for the foundation by hosting independent events, and the LMHF itself holds an annual charity gala each year.

Wilson has been with the organization that was formerly named BBBS of Abbotsford, Mission, Ridge Meadows for four years.

She decided to apply for an opening to give back to the community once her two children – a son and a daughter, now ages 14 and 16 respectively – didn’t need her at home as much.

Wilson had a fond connection to BBBS, having been a Big Sister in the early 1990s in Williams Lake.

“I felt really seriously inclined to apply (for the job opening) … I can’t even begin to explain it, but I knew that was what I wanted to do.”

She said among the highlight of the time with BBBS was the organization’s ability to raise funds for its capital campaign, while boosting its operational funding – to an all-time high – through events such as Bowl for Kids’ Sake and an annual golf tournament.

Wilson said she is pleased with the new path the organization is taking, in amalgamating with BBBS Upper Fraser Valley to become BBBS of the Fraser Valley.

Services and operations are currently being re-organized – including the role Wilson is leaving – and will make for a more efficient and sustainable service to children and families, she said.

Operations in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge were ceased earlier this year, due to cuts in government gaming grants. Offices in Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack remain open.

Executive director David Sheach said Wilson will be greatly missed, and was instrumental in helping BBBS achieve record-breaking revenues from events, managing the renovation of the building in Abbotsford, and building programs across the Fraser Valley.

“Shirley has guided the organization with gusto and care for people and detail,” he said.

Wilson said she will remain active in Abbotsford, including seeking another term on the board of education during November’s municipal election.

“I’m still very, very committed to supporting the work that the community does for children and families in Abbotsford.”

 

 

Just Posted

Students from W. J. Mouat Secondary hold the banner they earned for taking top spot at the recent national Let’s Talk Career competition. (Submitted photo)
Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford wins national Let’s Talk Careers competition

School among 245 across nation that competed to be named ‘Canada’s Most Informed’

Chilliwack Fire Department on scene at a house fire on Boundary Road and No. 4 Road on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (David Seltenrich/ Facebook)
Fire crews respond to house fire on border of Chilliwack and Abbotsford

Flames, dark smoke reported coming from front of house when crews arrived

Brandon Hobbs (turquoise shirt), brother of missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs, gathers with other family and friends to distribute posters in Chilliwack on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Search efforts expand to Chilliwack and beyond for missing Abbotsford man

Family, friends put up posters in Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope for missing 22-year-old Adam Hobbs

AHL president and CEO Scott Howson believes the new Abbotsford franchise is off to a strong early start. (AHL photo)
AHL president: ‘Tremendous success’ selling season ticket deposits for Abbotsford franchise

President and CEO Scott Howson optimistic about new Vancouver Canucks affiliate in Abbotsford

Stock photo by LEEROY Agency from Pixabay
Drop-in vaccination clinics slated in Abbotsford for construction workers

Among three sites in Lower Mainland holding no-appointment clinics in June and July

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

An old growth cedar stands in a cut-block within the Caycuse Valley. More than 100 prominent Canadians, have signed an open letter calling for the immediate protection of all remaining old-growth forests in B.C. (Submitted)
Brian Mulroney and Greta Thunberg among 100 celebrities pushing to save B.C. old growth

List includes Indigenous leaders, scientists, authors, Oscar winners

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on Friday, February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
U.S. border restrictions to remain in place until at least July 21

Safety minister says Canada, U.S. extending restrictions on non-essential international travel

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

Himalayan Life helped finance the construction of Nepal’s Yangri Academic Centre and dormitories after a 2015 earthquake devastated the valley, killing more than 9,000 people. (Screen grab/Peter Schaeublin)
B.C. charity founder pledges to rebuild Nepalese school swept away by flash floods

6 years after a catastrophic earthquake killed more than 9,000 people, Nepal gets hit again

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read