City part ways with first-ever social development manager | New

Penticton’s first ever Director of Social Development is no longer employed by the city.

Adam Goodwin parted ways with the municipality on Monday.

City spokesman Shane Mills confirmed the split on Tuesday but offered no details on what led to it.

“The search for a new department head will begin shortly and work by the social development team to work with our partners on issues such as child care, housing and homelessness, strong neighborhoods and addiction will continue,” Mills said in an email. .

Goodwin arrived in Penticton in April 2020 after four years doing similar work in Red Deer.

“The City of Penticton and I have agreed to move forward with new opportunities in early October,” Goodwin said in an email.

“I believe the teams we have put in place over the past few years will be able to continue a great job and I look forward to seeing the City provide even more leadership in areas of great importance to the community. , such as child care, mental health, affordable housing, age-friendliness, emergency preparedness, and substance use.

“I’m making up for the parental leave I missed in the summer of 2021 (due to the Forest Fire Evacuee Service and River Atmospheric Flooding and other projects) and can’t wait to take a break to spending quality time with our youngest child for the next few months and volunteering in a few new roles before my next opportunity officially begins I will sincerely miss the 50 member Penticton Emergency Support Services team I appreciate all that I have learned from the ESS Directors of Penticton, two truly magnificent leaders and people, Alida Erickson and Vicky Horton.”

There are two more employees at the Penticton Social Development Department, which was established in 2020, after which it assumed responsibility for other programs, such as emergency support services.

This article has been updated with comments from Goodwin

Joel C. Hicks