“CEO leadership transition is a critical moment for any organization, not least one that has had such stability and success in leadership,” said Board President Jack Wong. “I know Jonathan will work hand-in-hand with the communities we serve, our staff, volunteers, funders and sector partners to continue to help immigrants and refugees build a strong and vibrant future in this country,” he added.
Jonathan has over 20-years senior leadership experience in BC’s not-for-profit sector, working with a range of organizations and systems serving populations including the homeless, individuals with mental health and addiction challenges, seniors, and those at end-of-life. Jonathan was formerly Executive Director of The Bloom Group, one of the largest community organizations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. In the last two years he has been working in a variety of roles in the cancer care sector, including with the Canadian Cancer Society.
“I have spent my entire career working to strengthen communities and support systems. I’m humbled and proud to continue this journey with ISSofBC and look forward to building on the incredible success Patricia and the ISSofBC team have achieved to date,” said Jonathan.
“As we continue to address the impact of COVID-19 and other critical challenges facing our society and country, I particularly want to make a strong commitment to furthering our diversity, equity, and inclusion as an organization, our broad work to promote social justice, and our support of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. This work will be a key priority for me.”
As CEO, Jonathan will support leadership of all ISSofBC’s operations including Settlement, LINC, Career Services and the fee-for-service Language and Career College. These programs are delivered by 400 staff and serve close to 20,000 immigrant and refugee clients annually in 14 offices in Metro Vancouver, Squamish and Northern BC.
Jonathan begins his new appointment on September 8, 2021.