WINNIPEG – After more than 30 years serving as executive director of Winnipeg Harvest, David Northcott is saying goodbye.
Northcott will retire from the post June 30. Managing director Kate Brenner will take over on an interim basis July 1.
“I wanted to go when I was healthy, when everyone around me was healthy,” Northcott says. “There was some sudden deaths, people that I cared about that were close to me and my family, have passed away over the last couple of years. I realized, my goodness, let’s celebrate some time together while I’m still healthy.”
Northcott first took the position in 1984 and served in that position ever since, save for a break from 2004-07 to run for office and take part in a study in Africa. He also survived a heart attack nearly eight years ago.
“It’s a sad step in my life to be able to say that this is the right time to step aside. I think there’s such a remarkable group of people that are surrounding and involved at Winnipeg Harvest. I think it’s time for that younger talent to take it to the next step.”
Northcott received the Order of Manitoba in 2000 for his work feeding the hungry, and received the Order of Canada in 2012.
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