We're so excited to start 2023 with an important announcement for Mines Action Canada and our community. The Board of Directors is pleased to share that beginning this month, Erin Hunt will take on the role of Co-Director, alongside Paul Hannon.
Erin's journey with MAC started in 2003 as a youth volunteer and over twenty years she's built her career in disarmament, with notable expertise in policy, programs, and gender. Erin's deep commitment to MAC and our partners will offer continuity in this transition and her new ideas for MAC's future will bring opportunity. The Board is inspired by the vision that Erin has presented for Mines Action Canada and we are honored to have her lead the organization forward.
Paul's legacy is represented in this transition. Paul has led MAC with integrity, kindness, and dedication for 25 years. During his tenure, we've proven to be a sustainable and impactful organization. Among his many important contributions, Paul's lasting impacts are seen through his service as a coalition builder and mentor to emerging professionals. Having built exceptional youth programs, half of our board members and Erin have all been trained by the programs that Paul founded and nurtured. After serving in a co-leadership model, we will celebrate Paul's retirement in July and Erin will take on the role of Executive Director.
In the coming months, we look forward to sharing MAC's new organizational strategy. We have so much hope in MAC's future and we can't wait to see the organization build on its strong foundation and grow its impact in fresh and dynamic ways.
Statement from the Co-Directors
As the Co-Directors of Mines Action Canada, we are looking forward to this transition. When Paul informed the board of his plans to retire, the Board undertook a thoughtful and independent succession process, and we are very pleased with the outcome.
Our current co-directorship will ensure a smooth transition building off years of working together. During this time of change, MAC will also be releasing a new strategic plan which will guide our work going forward.
Paul is retiring after career that has an indelible mark on the field of humanitarian disarmament. These next few months will offer an opportunity to ensure his knowledge is passed on and he is able to successfully bring his 25 years in disarmament to a close.
Erin will bring new energy, commitment, creativity, perspective, and drive to the position, in addition to experience and knowledge. These traits and experience will help her and MAC move forward by building on the past successes. Under Erin’s leadership, MAC will continue to a leader on humanitarian disarmament issues and campaigns.
The future of MAC is bright.