It is always sad to lose a valued member of your team, but there is also a lot of pride and excitement for what is to come for them. Therefore, it is with distinctly mixed feelings that I announce the resignation of Stacey Tarrant, Manager of Development and Community Relations.
In the 10 years that Stacey has been with FTP she has transformed the way we think about fund raising and about our community impact. Stacey has taken our fundraising events to another level, making the decision to ensure that our events always had a double bottom line – raising much need money to support our programs while marrying this with our mandate to inform and educate. She founded the Hope Project, grew IWD and created both the Hope Magazine and Celebrating Women, where we were able to feature stories and articles designed to inspire.
Her other accomplishments while here are too many to name but Stacey is leaving a profound legacy. Our fundraising targets have doubled in the time Stacey has been here and she has ensured that we met or exceeded those targets every time.
Stacey’s common answer whenever a new idea or issue presented itself and we worried about how we could afford it was: “Don’t worry about it! I’ll find it.” and she usually did.
I will miss working with Stacey – she was often my “Blue Sky” partner and when we brain stormed together, nothing was too big or too daunting to try. But one of the principles I live by and always tell my team, that when the time is right for them to stretch themselves and try something new, I will support them all the way. And Stacey knows that she has my support 100%. I firmly believe that with Stacey’s positive and ambitious nature, she will succeed easily in her new venture and I wish her all the best with all my heart.
In the meantime, our talented Events and Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Lee, with my support and that of the entire FTP team, will ensure that everything in this department runs smoothly until we decide how we will move ahead to fill the holes that Stacey’s departure will be leaving.
Stacey’s last day will be November 29.
I leave news about Stacey’s next chapter for her to tell. It follows below.
Family Transition Place
An Open Letter to the Community,
In the best selling memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse recorded the epiphanies her patients had as they faced the end of their lives. She found that the biggest regrets people most often expressed was, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”.
After experiencing a family health crisis, it became apparent to me more than ever, that life can change in an instant. This experience changed me. After a lot of soul-searching, I have made the decision to pursue my dream of becoming a full time entrepreneur. Admittedly, it has taken a lot of courage to make this decision because my ten years of work as Manager of Development & Community Relations at Family Transition Place (FTP) has been an incredible experience; both personally and professionally. I will treasure the memories, the friendships and the life-changing stories that I take with me on this new venture.
My last official day will be November 29th. This will give me time to finish some outstanding projects and tie up some loose ends.
With deep gratitude to my colleagues and most of all, one of the greatest mentors I’ve ever had; Norah Kennedy, I am a better person because of FTP. Thank you so much.
With heartfelt gratitude,