Social Development and Social Innovation Minister Michelle Stilwell honoured retiring VP Regional Operations Doug Woollard in the BC Legislature on February 16. Doug was honoured for his distinguished career in the community living sector. He has served at CLBC since its creation in 2005, including for a period as interim CEO.
Here is the Minister’s speech:
“Good afternoon. I want to acknowledge and welcome to the House a core team member from Community Living BC: Doug Woollard, currently vice president of organizational development — as well as Doug’s wife, Sheila; his son Stephen; and daughter-in-law Jessica.
As many of you may know, Doug was the interim CEO from September 2011 to August 2014. And he did an amazing job. As interim CEO, Doug was instrumental in winning the confidence of community living self-advocates and families by returning CLBC to a person-centred approach. He supported the launch of the Community Action Employment Plan to better respond to an increased number of the people CLBC serves, who are seeking work. During his time at CLBC, Doug worked to establish Individualized Funding as a way for families and self-advocates to have greater control over the services they received.
Doug has been with CLBC every step of the way, even before Community Living BC was established as a Crown corporation a decade ago. Though we haven’t had a chance to work together, Doug’s reputation precedes him and I found the news of his retirement at the end of this month raising some disappointment for me and apparently, in almost everyone that he has worked with. Clearly Doug will be missed.
Members: For all of his tireless service to the community living sector and in particular with CLBC as interim CEO, will you please join me in welcoming and thanking Doug Woollard and to his family for sharing him so generously with our province.”