Today I am writing to provide an update on Fife House’s search for its next Executive Director.
Last September, I was pleased to announce Andrea Tsuji as the Interim Executive Director of Fife House. Andrea agreed to take on the interim role which allowed the Board of Directors to engage in a thoughtful and comprehensive search for a new permanent leader for the organization. During this time, Andrea’s healthcare operations expertise, and collaborative leadership approach have continued to move Fife House priorities forward and have been invaluable as we have navigated through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Fife House’s Executive Director Search Committee, together with staff representatives from all levels of the organization, has completed its search and, on behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my distinct pleasure to announce that Nadine Sookermany (she/her) has accepted our offer to join Fife House as Executive Director effective August 3, 2020.
Nadine is the former Executive Director of Women’s Health Clinic, a community health center that delivers quality patient-centered care through an intersectional feminist lens in Winnipeg, Canada. She brings decades of senior leadership experience in the non-profit sector to her work in the area of community health, equity and accessibility. Nadine holds a Women’s Studies and Political Science degree from the University of Manitoba, along with the completion of graduate courses at the University of Toronto Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). She previously held the position of professor with the Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor/Advocate, Community Worker and Social Service programs at George Brown College in Toronto. Nadine is incredibly passionate about her work in anti-violence, community-based health, disability justice and reproductive freedoms – specifically her early work in harm reduction across shelter systems where she has always championed the greater involvement and meaningful engagement of people living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA/MEPA) across healthcare and social services. Her intersectional lens rooted in anti-racism and anti-colonialism has guided her work as an advocate and social justice leader for over 25 years.
Fife House is a community leader in the provision of affordable supportive housing for people living with HIV, made possible through the efforts of our dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate staff and volunteers. The Board and Senior Leadership team look forward to working with Nadine to ensure a smooth transition of operations over the next month. I know that Fife House will continue to thrive under Nadine’s leadership as we work tirelessly to innovate and adapt in order to meet the complex and ever-changing needs of those we serve.
I would personally like to acknowledge Andrea’s incredible passion and leadership in her role as Interim Executive Director. On behalf of our entire community, thank you for your commitment to excellence and ensuring a smooth transition.
Please join me in expressing our thanks and appreciation to Andrea and welcoming Nadine to the Fife House family!
With warm regards and gratitude for your continued support,
President, Board of Directors