On behalf of the YWCA Saskatoon Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Shannon Zook as Executive Director (ED) of YWCA Saskatoon effective April 1, 2016.
Shannon has devoted her career to the non-profit sector, working with a variety of Human Service agencies. The majority of her time has been spent in a variety of different capacities with Autism Services. In 2006, Shannon was appointed to the position of ED with Autism Services, and during her tenure, she led the agency through a period of rapid growth.
During her eight years as ED, she was instrumental in growing the annual budget from $700,000 (2006) to over $5 million (2014), acquiring additional Government funding and launching several new programs. She wrote the proposal and was successful in acquiring additional resources to open a one of a kind Applied Behavioural Analysis preschool for young children with Autism. Shannon also developed the Centralized Services Team, a multi-disciplinary team, consisting of a pediatrician, occupational therapist and behaviourist, who provided diagnostic and clinical support to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), living in the surrounding health regions.
Due to the rapid expansion and increased needs for programming space, Autism Services made two office moves under Shannon’s leadership. She oversaw the custom design of the new Autism Services office building to ensure it met the specific needs of children living with ASD and their families. Shannon also launched a capital campaign to help raise the significant funds necessary for the lease hold improvements for the building.
In 2014, after 22 years with Autism Services, Shannon made the difficult decision to take a break from the grueling pace to have more time and flexibility to spend with her children. During this time, she has filled the ED position with Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs. She has enjoyed assisting them with planning their annual conference and trade show, and moving provincial issues forward in the fire service. The part time, flexible nature of this position helped Shannon achieve the goal of taking a break and having more time with her family.
Shannon is now ready to embark upon a new goal, where she will join and lead YWCA Saskatoon through the next chapter of our journey. The board is very pleased to welcome her leadership skills and experience to the organization.
Arrangements are being made to help ensure a smooth transition as we welcome Shannon and her family to the YWCA Saskatoon family.
Jocelyn Allard, President
Board of Directors