April 28, 2017
The Board of Northumberland United Way is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Norris to the role of Chief Executive Officer for the organization. Heather will transition from her current role as Director of Community Impact to this leadership position following the retirement of CEO Lynda Kay on May 26.
“Heather has built a reputation as an innovator and change-maker in the non-profit sector, with key industry relationships and a proven track record of success in
fundraising,” stated Board Chair, Gerald Blackstock. “Throughout her last year and a half with the team, we have valued her contribution to positioning Northumberland United Way as an important part of the economic engine of the county. Heather is a highly capable leader, and the Board has the utmost confidence that she will advance the mandate of this organization for the benefit of our community.”
Heather has a history of achievement in organizational philanthropy and nonprofit leadership, including a Master’s Degree in this field from Carleton University. Following ten years of management positions in the healthcare industry in Ottawa, Heather moved to Northumberland in 2009 to become Manager of Resource Development at Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre. Excelling in the field of fundraising, Heather expanded her expertise by then moving to a role with the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation, overseeing the portfolio of major gifts and planned giving. In October 2015, Heather joined the Northumberland United Way team as the Director of Community Impact.
Heather is driven to create social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities, and is committed to working and advocating for the many causes she believes in. In particular, since relocating to this area, Heather has been actively involved in helping build a healthier community through volunteer activities. She has volunteered on various committees including the Northumberland Volunteer Coordinators Network, Port Hope Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Northumberland and Port Hope Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committees, and in 2017 she became the Vice President of the Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce.
“I am honoured and excited to move into this role and support this dynamic team in achieving measurable impact within our community,” Heather indicated. “Over the last year and a half, I have become grounded in the United Way movement, working with local networks to advance key community priorities that improve the lives of local individuals and families. I look forward to leveraging my experience, drive and vision in working with the team to fulfil our Mission of mobilizing community resources to create a better life for everyone.”