Swim Alberta Announces the Departure of Executive Director Cheryl Humphrey

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Departure of Cheryl Humphrey – Executive Director from Swim Alberta

It is with mixed emotions that Swim Alberta is announcing the departure of Executive Director, Cheryl Humphrey following the Swim Alberta Annual General Meeting in early October.

“On behalf of the board of Swim Alberta, I would like to thank Cheryl for her significant contributions and commitment to our sport over the last nine years,” shared Dean Schultz, President of Swim Alberta, adding, “Cheryl brought a caring and strategic leadership style as she worked collaboratively with clubs, coaches and athletes to support our vision of ‘every swimmer having the opportunity to reach their full potential’. While we are sad to see her go, we are excited about the next phase of her career.”

During her tenure, Cheryl’s strengths enabled Swim Alberta to model and exemplify participative leadership in effective organization and governance structures. She developed relevant policies and streamlined the organizations’ governance structure, committees, systems and processes to better support the membership. Cheryl helped steward and build a foundation and pathway to enable membership growth through the launch of the I Can Swim Program, also supported the advanced development and implementation of a framework for high performance swimming and master programming. She practiced many different forms of conflict management, being a constant support to swimmers and their families. Cheryl seized the opportunity to lead sport in Alberta through the COVID Pandemic by leveraging relationships with the provincial government, municipalities, facilities and other provincial sport and recreation organizations. This ensured Swim Alberta was identified and acknowledged as a lead organization in the larger sport sector.

Swim Alberta has begun a process to hire its next Executive Director. “The organization is in a strong place, as a result of the work of the current leadership, board and staff. The board of Swim Alberta is committed to identifying a new leader to guide the organization through the next several Olympic cycles,” said Schultz.

Humphrey will be joining Sport Law as a Team Member, where she looks forward to working with sport organizations and their people to strengthen and elevate their ability to deliver on their mandates through effective governance, strategic planning, change management, policies and systems. “My time at Swim Alberta has been deeply meaningful and I am grateful to have worked alongside such professional and committed staff and volunteers to support the growth of swimming in Alberta. The pandemic has given us all a reason to pause and reflect on better ways to collaborate and fulfill our individual and collective goals. I am ready to transition into a new chapter of my professional career and look forward to working alongside my colleagues in a different capacity,” shared Humphrey.

Kevin Dennis will be the lead staff contact through this interim phase until a new Executive Director is in place. Swim Alberta anticipates having a new Executive Director named in the next 2 – 3 months.