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May 19th, 2017

From the Board of Directors: Maria’s Retirement


The Board of Directors of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, with a mix of melancholy and gratitude, announces Maria de Boer’s retirement as Executive Director, effective September 15, 2017. Maria has played a critical role in the development and success of this organization since May of 1984. We will miss her wisdom, ingenuity and her inspiring leadership, but most of all: we will miss the encouragement she has given to each of us. We would like to thank her for her many years of dedicated service, which involved many significant accomplishments, including:

  • EAFWR being selected as the sole provider for Special Services At Home in Waterloo Region;
  • Created an organizational culture where people are valued and respected;
  • Advocated and provided inclusive community development and informal supports;
  • Provided flexible, responsive and creative resources to those we serve.

As with any facet of life, change can bring about new and exciting possibilities. Over the next few months, we will be conducting a search to find the new Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region Executive Director. During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization. To view the posting or to share this opportunity with someone you think might be qualified, please visit here.

Again, we cannot thank Maria enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region. She will be greatly missed by staff, Board, volunteers, members and partners alike. We are optimistic and eager for this next chapter of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region as we continue to work side by side with our community of funders, families and community members to promote inclusion and support people with developmental disabilities and their families. If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kevin Mendoza directly at or leave me a message at (519) 741-0190, extension 289.

We will be honouring Maria in the near future. Details of the event will be announced.