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Lois Ruston Appointed Executive Director of YWCA Brandon
Ruston will champion the Board of Directors strategy that will see the organization return to its roots for all Westman communities.


Brandon, Manitoba - March 23, 2023 - The Board of Directors of YWCA Brandon is pleased to
announce the appointment of Lois Ruston as Executive Director. Ruston will officially take
leadership of the organization on April 11, 2023.


“Lois is a well-known and respected member in our community, having supported and
provided leadership to many non-profit organizations over the past two decades” said Candice
Waddell-Henowitch, Board President. “Her work in the area of social services has
highlighted the importance of the YWCA, and she will play a pivotal role in delivering on our
strategic plan and primary mission to grow our services for the betterment of all Westman
communities.”


With diverse experience, Lois is passionate about developing people, and growing leaders in
their respective organizations and our community at large. She has served on a number of
Boards and committees throughout her career and is a 2014 recipient of the YWCA Women of
Distinction Award.


With this appointment, the organization also intends to pursue a name change from YWCA
Brandon, to YWCA Westman, demonstrating its renewed commitment to foster connection,
relationships and support to Westman communities. Furthermore, it reflects the organization’s
full regional mandate of support, which is the largest YWCA mandate in Manitoba.


“I am honoured to have been selected to help lead this important organization,” said Lois
Ruston. “The Board has emerged out of COVID whole, and has developed a solid, and
ambitious, strategic plan to grow the programs and services of the YWCA. I am proud to be able
to support the team in achieving our vision for all Westman communities.”

Meet The Team

Board of Directors

CHAIR:

Candice Waddell-Henowitch

TREASURER:

Stephanie Will

SECRETARY:

Archana Krishnan

BOARD DIRECTOR:

Alex Paiva

BOARD DIRECTOR:

Michelle Pearson

BOARD DIRECTOR:

Joy Escalera

BOARD DIRECTOR:

Alix Coucill

BOARD DIRECTOR:

Kris Docherty

BOARD DIRECTOR:

Jessica Saler

BOARD DIRECTOR:

Alisha Levesque

 

BOARD DIRECTOR: 

Jessica Burton

BOARD DIRECOR:

Amanda-Rose Bourget

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