A changing environment

In March, the Western Canada Wilderness Committee announced it was bringing onboard David Holtzman to succeed outgoing executive director Andrea Reimer. But, after less than a month of doing that job, he and the committee have gone their separate ways. The environmental group will be advertising to find a replacement for Mr. Holtzman this week. But that position will no longer be styled as the committee's executive director, with its role being limited to fundraising and human resources. The following is a complete copy of the news release that announced Mr. Holtzman's hiring.

For immediate release - Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wilderness Committee Welcomes New Executive Director

Vancouver, BC - The Wilderness Committee is pleased to welcome our new Executive Director David Holtzman who is replacing our long-time Executive Director Andrea Reimer.

Reimer has chosen to step down as Executive Director because she was elected as a Vancouver city councilor in 2009, having worked with the Wilderness Committee for the past 18 years. She joined the Wilderness Committee in 1992 and worked in every department within the organization, becoming Executive Director in 2002.

"After nine years as Executive Director I am proud to leave the Wilderness Committee a much stronger and more resilient organization. David is a strong, experienced leader that will take that foundation and launch the Wilderness Committee to new heights at a time when this work has never been needed more," said Reimer.

"My goal is to grow the Wilderness Committee's grassroots power to protect our natural environment and safeguard wild habitats from destruction. Our work today will determine the Canada we will pass on to our children and their children," said incoming Executive Director, David Holtzman.

Holtzman, who has a BA from SFU and an MA from Royal Roads, has years of experience in community organizing through his service at A Loving Spoonful, Leadership Vancouver, Canadian Council on Learning and with World University Service of Canada.

"Having worked with Andrea for so many years, we wish her nothing but the best, and thank her for all of the hard work and commitment she's dedicated to making the Wilderness Committee as strong as it is. We're also really excited about David and all the experience that he brings to our table," said Joe Foy, the Wilderness Committee's National Campaign Director.

Since 1980, the Wilderness Committee has been engaging and mobilizing people to protect wildlife and wilderness for 30 years. The Wilderness Committee is a registered charity with 30,000 members from coast-to-coast-to-coast, and 40,000 additional donors and volunteers. The head office is in Vancouver, with field offices in Victoria, Winnipeg and Toronto.

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