We are both proud and sad to announce the departure of long-time
Executive Director Murray Jose-Boerbridge.
Murray Jose-Boerbridge will be leaving the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) on May 25 to continue building upon his legacy of making a significant difference supporting people living with HIV/AIDS and their allies.
During Murray’s 13 years as the Executive Director, Murray has provided important leadership which elevated PWA’s work, role and impact in making a positive difference in the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS (PHA’s).
During this time, PWA has experienced significant change in the people we support, the community, with our funders and with the organization itself. To meet this expanding need, Murray led PWA through extensive innovative growth and evolution. As the number of programs and services we offer grew, one of the significant outcomes Murray led was moving PWA’s offices and creating a welcoming and healing space that matched and enhanced what clients and volunteers were expressing PWA meant to them. Many critical community partnerships were also developed under Murray’s leadership including with the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network, Latinos Positivos, Fife House, and McEwan Housing & Support Services. And while his accomplishments as Executive Director are far too numerous to list in detail, Murray has been instrumental in creating an holistic, PHA-centred approach to health, engagement and support at the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, locally and across Ontario.
We will miss Murray and his inspiration. At the same time, we are comforted that Murray leaves PWA in great shape and well positioned to continue to provide people living with HIV/AIDS with a safe space and important support. The PWA team of employees and volunteers are strong, experienced and they are dedicated to our clients’ well-being. PWA also hasstable funding from multiple sources including the volunteer-led and inspired Friends For Life Bike Rally – PWA’s annual sustaining fundraiser, which does and will continue to provide important funding and empowerment to riders and crew for many years to come.
We thank Murray for his vision, dedication and his passion for helping reduce stigma and for being an active advocate for all people living with HIV/AIDS. We have every confidence in Murray’s success as he continues to be a champion for people living with HIV/AIDS and their allies.
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation In The Near Future
Over the next few months a special committee led by the board will be conducting a search to find the new Executive Director. It is important to note that a search of this magnitude can easily take 3-6 months.
We are confident there will be little / no impact to our programs, services or funding during this time. During our search for a new Executive Director we are pleased that Suzanne Paddock has once again agreed to move from her current position as Director, Programs & Services into the Interim Executive Director position. Suzanne has supported the agency twice before as the Interim ED, during both of Murray’s parental leaves.
Once again, we thank Murray for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation and we wish him continued success in his future endeavors.
If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair, Board of Directors
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation