The Upper Room Mission Society is proud to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director.
Assuming the role is Nicole Makohoniuk.
Well respected throughout the North Okanagan, Nicole has been an advocate for youth and marginalized people for more than two decades.
“I am big on supporting people and accepting people, no matter where they are at,” explained the new URM Executive Director Nicole Makohoniuk. “I’m going to listen. I am here to listen and support the staff and clients to meet the needs of the community and individuals. I am not going to be the type of person who sits in the office; I’ve never been that way. I am going to get to know the guests. I am going to get to know the amazing community around the mission, including the businesses.”
Nicole brings to the URM an associate’s degree in not-for-profit management from BCIT, 29-years of experience as an early childhood educator, 12-years of experience as both president and vice president of the District Parent Advisory Council and Parent Advisory Councils, plus two-and-a-half years’ experience as the program coordinator with Teen Junction Youth Centre.
“Nicole’s work with Teen Junction was incredible. That kind of experience is invaluable. Nicole’s past experiences, passion, and love for the community will be a real asset to the Upper Room Mission,” said Sandra Simao, URM board chairperson.
Nicole will be providing hands-on leadership as she works to support the goals and ideals of the Upper Room Mission.
“The Upper Room Mission ties in my faith, which is important to me, along with giving back and supporting people where they are at. This is my dream job,” said Makohoniuk.
“We have to build a community and we need community support. We need support from business, other social services and from the individuals, including the church community. We need to bring everyone together. That is my focus.”
Since 1980, the Upper Room Mission Society has provided respite to whoever is experiencing poverty or scarcity of food or lack of community.
The Upper Room Mission is open to our grandparents, our mothers, and fathers, our brothers and sisters, our aunts and uncles, to our friends and neighbours — anyone who is searching for community and a place to belong.