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New executive director takes helm of Wellspring Edmonton

Wellspring Edmonton's new executive director Michele Zielinski (left) and outgoing interim executive director Donna Gannon (right)
Wellspring Edmonton’s new executive director Michele Zielinski (left) stands with outgoing interim executive director Donna Gannon (right). Zielinski formally took on the position April 1, 2016. Gannon will continue to work with the building committee as the facility nears completion in the fall.

Edmonton, April 7, 2016 – The Wellspring Edmonton board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of the organization’s new executive director, Michele Zielinski. Zielinski is a former registered nurse with a proven track record in senior management positions in health care and other industries.

Zielinski officially started April 1 and is overseeing the final push to reach Wellspring Edmonton’s $7-million capital campaign goal and to open the doors of its new 12,000-square-foot cancer wellness and support centre. The nearly completed centre is located on 113 Street and 65 Avenue. A wide range of support programs, from group sessions to yoga and art therapy classes, designed for cancer patients, their families and caregivers will start in the fall. The programs are free-of-charge.

“Michele impressed us with her passion and commitment, her appreciation for the particular concerns and needs of people with a cancer diagnosis, and her breadth and depth of relevant experience,” says Wellspring Edmonton board chair Dr. Glenn Hundleby. “We also want to thank Donna Gannon for her superb leadership as interim executive director over the past three years.”

Zielinski has over 25 years of proven strategic leadership and senior operations management experience in public health and other industries, working with governing bodies, leadership teams, front-line operational teams and communities.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to significantly and holistically contribute towards the mission, vision and strategic plan of Wellspring Edmonton,” says Zielinski. “My personal mission is to ensure that everyone who enters the centre will find a welcoming, caring community of support.

“I have had my own personal journey with cancer and the programming that Wellspring Edmonton will offer helps people enhance their well-being and regain a sense of control over their lives.”

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