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YWCA Hamilton CEO Denise Christopherson announces retirement and Medora Uppal as successor

YWCA Hamilton CEO Denise Christopherson announces retirement and Medora Uppal as successor

Denise Christopherson, CEO of YWCA Hamilton, has announced that she will retire at the end of December 2022, after 12 years as head or the organization.

Denise started her involvement with  YWCA Hamilton in 2003 when she joined the Board of Directors, later being appointed as Board President from 2007-2009. Soon after, she joined the YWCA Canada Board of Directors before being appointed as CEO of YWCA Hamilton in 2010.

Ina release the YWCA Board noted. “during her tenure, Denise expanded YWCA Hamilton’s impact in the community. Her strong voice, strategic direction and advocacy have resulted in significant investments to better serve women and gender-diverse people through advancing women’s economic development, addressing emergency shelter and housing, expanding support for adults with disabilities and licensed child care, and securing immigration and settlement services for women, youth, and Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ people.”

“I am so privileged to have had the opportunity to lead YWCA Hamilton over the last 12 years,” said Denise Christopherson. “Much of my success as a leader is attributed to the strength of my team and those who have supported me along the way. Now, it’s time for me to pass the torch and build the next generation of leaders.”

Medora Uppal, Director of Operations will take over as CEO effective December 1, 2022. Said YWCA Hamilton Board President, Terri Johns. “Medora brings 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector supporting women and gender-diverse people through a feminist, intersectional, human rights-based framework. Since 2011, Medora has successfully led strategic planning, policy development and operations at YWCA Hamilton and we know that she will continue to provide fierce leadership to advance YWCA Hamilton’s mission and move the needle on gender equity.”

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