The South Okanagan-Similkameen (SOS) Volunteer Center has added to its leadership group in the form of a new Executive Director and General Manager.

Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District (RDOS) Director for Kaleden, Subrina Monteith, has been hired as the Executive Director of the SOS Volunteer Center, while Michael Magnusson has been named the organization’s new Executive Director.

Being one of the new leaders of the volunteer center feels perfectly right for Monteith.

“I’ve always been a community volunteer and a strong advocate for volunteerism, said Monteith.

The center’s new general manager has been actively involved in making safety improvements in the dangerous corridor of Highways 97 and 3A in Kaleden while serving as a board member and director of RDOS.

Monteith has long pushed for changes to be made to the hallway. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure confirmed to the Western News on Jan. 24 that improvements would indeed be forthcoming, much to the delight of the center’s new chief executive.

“Through my position as Director of the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District, I believe I can bring a regional approach to the volunteer center because I understand the needs of rural communities,” she added.

Meanwhile, Magnusson was named the organization’s chief executive after working to develop “strong financial controls” in the community, the SOS Volunteer Center said.

Monteith’s past volunteer experience includes working as Vice President of the Penticton Peach Fest and Director of Sponsorships for the city’s Peach Festival.

And according to the centre, the new CEO’s vision is simple: to be a voice for volunteerism.

“I believe in giving back to a community and investing my time to make a community vibrant,” she said after being named the center’s executive director. “I see many growth opportunities for the organization.”

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