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The Bethany Group chooses new President & CEO

Posted on November 14, 2016


Earlier this year, Denis Beesley, President  & CEO for The Bethany Group announced his retirement. Denis has served with the organization for 18 years.

Under Denis’ leadership, The Bethany Group has become a respected and valued non-profit organization that works with governments of all levels, communities, and similar organizations to improve the lives of clients, as well as the communities in which it serves. As well, the organization pioneered a model of cooperation that created new partnerships with several other non-profit organizations to offer health and housing services. The most recent relationship, established in January 2015, was with Parkland Foundation who joined a family that includes Camrose & Area Lodge Authority, Flagstaff Regional Housing Group, Lacombe Foundation, Red Deer Housing Authority, and Wetaskiwin & Area Lodge Authority. Together, the partners pool their resources and can develop their capacity to respond to change needs in the communities and new directions of government, as well explore new initiatives.

“We are thankful for Denis’ leadership over the years and will miss his vision and dedicated service to organization,” said Dr. Odell Olson, Board Chair for The Bethany Group. “Finding the right person to follow him is not an easy task but we believe we have found someone with the experience and vision to continue the work of The Bethany Group into the future. We also wish Denis the very best in his retirement.”

After a long and thoughtful process, the Board of Governors are pleased to announce Mike Leathwood as the successful candidate to assume the President & CEO responsibilities.

Mike joins the Bethany Group from the Government of Alberta, where he has served as Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ministry of Seniors and Housing from December 2008 to September 2016. In the role of Assistant Deputy Minister, Mike oversaw the majority of Provincial Housing Programs, including the Seniors Lodge Program and the Seniors Self Contained Housing Program. He also provided leadership on Disaster Recovery Housing Initiatives for the 2011 Slave Lake Wildfire, the 2013 Southern Alberta Flooding and most recently the 2016 Northern Alberta Wildfire.

Prior to coming to the Provincial Government, Mike was the Executive Director at Capital Region Housing Corporation in Edmonton, a Provincial Housing Management Body that serves the Capital Region with social and affordable housing options. From 1993 to 2003, Mike served as the General Manager of the Grande Spirit Foundation, another Provincial Housing Management Body that provides housing and related services to seniors and families in communities in the Grande Prairie area

“I have worked with Denis and The Bethany Group in various capacities for many years,” said Mike Leathwood. “I am excited to join the organization and getting to better know the residents, staff, the members of the Boards, as well as the communities.”

Mike will officially take over duties in January 2017 but will be visiting Camrose and the organization over the next two months. He and his wife are also planning to buy a place in Camrose so he can be closer to the corporate office.