Every ending is really just a new beginning
Written by Chris Rider, Executive Director
I am writing this letter to share that November 4th will be my last day as the Executive Director of CPAWS Yukon.
I am so thankful for all the opportunities and experiences I have had with this organization since I started in 2016. I am especially thankful for the relationships I’ve been able to form, and the trust that has been put into myself and our team by First Nations citizens and leaders across the Territory. I will never forget it, and I will never take that trust for granted.
Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of doing a paddling trip in the Peel Watershed with Nahanni River Adventures. It was my first time paddling on the Wind River, and I felt an incredible sense of gratitude for the opportunity to be out there. One evening, I stood on a ledge looking out at the river and the mountains. The beauty of this special place washed over me, as I reflected on how lucky I am to have been part of protecting a place that is special to so many people.
Although I am sad to move on, I am also excited to see what comes next for CPAWS Yukon. I have so much confidence in our team of smart, talented and wise people. I know that they will continue to do incredible things.
My next step is to start a new role within the CPAWS family. I will be joining the team at CPAWS national in Ottawa, as their National Director for Conservation. I am excited for the challenges and opportunities that this will bring, and happy I will have the chance to remain connected with the work here in the Yukon.
If you are reading this and thinking you might be a great fit for the next Executive Director of CPAWS Yukon, I encourage you to apply. You don’t need a background in conservation or ecology, but we are looking for a strong, compassionate leader to lead this special team. I hope that will be you! You can find the full job listing here, on our website.
I will close by saying thank you to my Board of Directors – past and present – for your unwavering support over the years. I am lucky to have worked with every one of you.
Onwards and upwards,