TORONTO, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Angela Draskovic will become President &
CEO of The Yonge Street Mission (YSM) effective June 1, 2013, Board of
Directors Chair Judy Hunter announced today.
Following a thorough search process, the Board chose Angie for her
strong fit with YSM and its values. In addition to her management
skills and professional qualifications, the Selection Committee was
drawn to Angie's passion, common sense and commitment to people living
A strategic and purposeful leader, Angie comes to us with 26 years of
valuable experience in business and not-for-profit leadership and
social entrepreneurship. Most recently, she founded ZOË Alliance
Incorporated in July 2007, a for-profit social purpose enterprise that
harnesses existing corporate spending on promotional items to help
micro-entrepreneurs in developing communities help break the cycle of
poverty. Angie served as the first Executive Director of Muskoka Woods
Foundation, established to support a 29-year-old youth ministry.
Prior to joining Muskoka Woods, Angie worked for 12 years in
telecommunications with Zhone Technologies and with Lucent
Technologies. In her executive roles she helped establish footholds
for start-up businesses in competitive markets, implemented new
business models for established businesses and led teams to achieve
record sales results.
Angie has served as a board member for several charities, including the
Rose of Durham, Thinking Forward, and The Evangelical Fellowship of
Canada. Angie also served on the Board of Directors for The Yonge
Street Mission from April to December 2012, at which time she stepped
down in order to be considered for the role of President and CEO.
Effective June 1, 2013 current Interim Executive Director, Bill Ryan,
will become Program Officer. Bill is our longest-serving staff member
with more than 30 years with YSM. We are grateful to Bill for serving
in the role of Interim Executive Director over the past year and a
half, and that he will continue serving YSM in his new role.
We also thank Rick Tobias. In his 23 years as CEO of YSM, the Mission
grew enormously in size and impact. Now, having already seen the
benefits of his work as Community Advocate begun last September, we are
very glad he will continue.
Angie joins the Mission as the charitable sector navigates significant
changes in donor expectations, while the gap between the rich and the
poor continues to grow within the community. In this climate, we
believe Angie Draskovic is well positioned to provide the leadership we
need for YSM to continue to make a substantive difference in the GTA.
Getting kids off the streets and keeping them in school is one of the
key areas of focus for The Yonge Street Mission. This involves
providing safe spaces for kids as well as offering counselling,
literacy training, mentoring, employment skills development and the
basics like offering healthcare services and providing nutritious food.
Many students drop out because they slip through the cracks.
About The Yonge Street Mission
The Yonge Street Mission has been on the front lines of service since
1896, providing emergency help, and fostering long-term change in the
lives of individuals, families and the community itself. We are a
Christian faith community working in downtown Toronto and a registered
Canadian charity. All assistance is given strictly on the basis of
need, regardless of colour, culture, religion, economic status, gender,
sexual orientation or social condition. We believe that all
individuals are created in the image of God and deserve the opportunity
for a full and just participation in society.
For more information please go to: http://www.ysm.ca/learn/
SOURCE: Yonge Street Mission
For further information:
Senior Manager of Donor Relations
The Yonge Street Mission
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: 416-929-9614 x 4257