Stories of Caledon

Introducing Kim Rodrigues, New Executive Director at Caledon Meals on Wheels

Kim in front of wall with CMOW sign
Written by Patti Foley

Over the winter there was a change at the helm at Caledon Meals on Wheels (CMOW). JSC decided this would be a good time to connect with Kim Rodrigues, the new executive director and help introduce her to the community.

It was actually a good friend of Kim’s who was familiar with her passion for community work and related skills and experience that noticed the job posting and sent it off to her.

“I was very familiar with CMOW and their dedication to providing meals and support to vulnerable individuals in the community” says Kim. “Their commitment to enhancing the quality of life for those they serve is truly commendable. It was the reputation of the organization and the focus on supporting older adults that really drew me to the organization.”

It was a mutually obvious fit and Kim started in mid-November.

Kim brings a strong passion for community service, as well as many years of non-profit leadership, and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable populations to the role. She also believes her ability to collaborate with diverse teams and stakeholders will be beneficial in advancing CMOW’s mission and supporting the community.

“I have over 25 years of dedicated experience in nonprofit organizations specializing in community outreach and support” she shares proudly. “I’ve served as an Executive Director across multiple organizations, consistently prioritizing the needs of vulnerable populations. My passion lies in working with small to medium-sized organizations where the impact of our efforts is tangible and felt daily.”

Kim describes herself as a lifelong learner.

“My educational background spans both college and university levels, culminating in a Master of Education degree. Additionally, I’ve recently earned my Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) certification. I’ve always admired the unwavering dedication, compassion, and engagement of those who choose to work in small nonprofits. Collaborating with like-minded individuals who share a commitment to creating a better community for all enables us to forge strong connections and drive meaningful change together.”

I ask whether she would like to speak about her most rewarding moment to date at CMOW.

“One of the most rewarding moments in my new role has been witnessing the positive impact of our programs on the lives of those we serve” Kim says earnestly. “Seeing the smiles on their faces and knowing that we are making a difference in their lives is truly heartwarming. In addition, collaborating with like-minded individuals, be it staff, volunteers or community members, who share a commitment to creating a better community for all enables us is immensely rewarding.  The satisfaction derived from partnering with individuals who are passionate about making a difference and witnessing the transformative effects of our collective work on the communities we serve is so meaningful.”

We join CMOW and the community in welcoming this wonderfully dedicated and talented leader. Watch for part two of the story soon when we will publish an update about the work CMOW does, programs you may or may not have known about, challenges faced by this and other non-profit organizations, and ways you can help make a difference.

 

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About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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