Farewell Message from Jamie


Written By: Jamie Niessen, President & CEO

“Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings.”

-Laozi (Lao Tzu)

So here we are . . . at the end and the beginning.

At the beginning I set out for myself that at my end, whenever it came, Propellus would not lose itself as an organization or lose any ground in the transition to a new leader. After a lot of work by our cheerful and supremely talented team, I believe we have achieved the goal I set out.

I can reflect on the distance we have traveled together and be proud of where we are today, but it is just the beginning. What’s exciting to me is our trajectory. We continue to roll out new tools, resources and services all focused on how we can better strengthen organizations to build thriving, engaged communities.

My deepest thanks to our nearly 500 members for allowing us to work with you to help strengthen your organizations. My thanks too, to our volunteers and donors who joined us in our work and partnered with us to find new ways to solve old problems.

To the Propellus team and our incoming CEO, Doug Watson, I will close as I often do: Onwards!

It has truly been an honour to serve Propellus. Thank you.

-Jamie Niessen


Did you read Doug’s post about becoming our lead? Read it here.


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