After a career in health care that has spanned more than 30 years, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare President and CEO Jannice Kaffer has announced she will retire no later than March 31, 2022.
"I will be ever grateful to have had the opportunity to lead the team here at HDGH over the past seven years as CEO. I have grown as a person, as a leader and as a friend because of the relationships I've built and the work I've been blessed to be able to do. I look forward to not being a full-time leader and instead perhaps find new and creative ways to serve our community in the future on a more relaxed basis," said Kaffer in a release.
Kaffer adds that her departure is bittersweet.
HDGH board chair Bryan Payne said in the release "it was with mixed emotions" that the board accepted her retirement notice on September 29.
Payne at the same is announcing that current vice-president Bill Marra will be taking over as President and CEO effective April 1, 2022.
Payne said that the board along with Kaffer had chosen Marra as part of a CEO succession plan immediately after Kaffer's notice.
"I feel humbled and honoured to be offered this tremendous opportunity to work with and lead an organization that I care for very deeply" said Marra. "I look forward to continuing my working relationship with Janice as we transition responsibilities over the next few months."
Marra has been with the organization for 10 years. He also served on Windsor city council for 21 years. He did not run for re-election in 2018.