For anyone who knows me, it is no surprise that the Centre of Hope is very near and dear to my heart.  From the moment I walked in the doors of that “little building on Franklin Avenue” almost seven years ago, my life has never been the same.  I fell head over heels in love with the mission and values of the agency, and with the amazing work that it did in the community.  Throughout the years I had remained a strong supporter and friend of the Centre, until 2 ½ years ago when the opportunity presented to serve as the Executive Director of the agency.  With much eagerness and a servant heart, my little family and I made the move from Strathmore, AB to Fort McMurray to begin the next exciting chapter of our lives.

Over the last 2 ½ years, I have had the utmost honour and privilege to work with some of the most beautiful people this world has to offer.   Each day I am in awe of the heart and passion of the people who come to work every day at the Centre, and who give tirelessly of themselves for the betterment of others.  They embody the true definition of compassion and selflessness.  The patrons of the Centre are some of the most kind, considerate, and resilient people I have ever had the privilege of knowing.  They have taught me so much about the values of family, humility, unconditional love, acceptance, courage, and hope.  The Centre of Hope is not just another charity doing good work in the community; the Centre of Hope is Family.  It is Home.  It is a place filled with love and laughter, tears and sorrows, hopes and dreams, and a place filled with people who I feel so blessed to call my friends. 

After much reflection and tears, my family and I have made the decision to relocate back to our home in Strathmore.  This means I will no longer serve at the Centre in my capacity as Executive Director.  This decision is bitter sweet, as I will miss the patrons, staff, and community immensely, but I am excited for the future God has planned for me and my family.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for all the support and kindness shown to me and the Centre over the years.  I truly value and appreciate the relationships made and hope that you will share the same love and kindness to the new Director, Stephen Bryant.  We will be working closely together over the next two months so as to ensure smooth transition in the role.  Mr. Bryant brings much passion and experience to the agency, and I look forward to introducing him to you all in the near future. 

It has been an honour and privilege to serve at the Centre of Hope.  I will be forever blessed and enriched from all the connections and experiences made.  I pray for happiness and love for all those reading, and once again, thank you for your support. 

Amanda Holloway