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Simcoe-Muskoka YMCA completes its search for new CEO

Jill Tettmann takes over the position Nov. 30, taking over from Rob Armstrong as he transitions into retirement
2020-11-18 Jill Tettmann
Jill Tettmann. Photo supplied

With the current chief executive officer’s impending retirement, today the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka announced the appointment of Jill Tettmann to the position of chief executive officer.

Jill brings extensive leadership experience of integration, quality improvement, change management, community engagement and transformation. As CEO of the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) from 2012-2019, Jill improved the region’s ability to meet the health needs of its residents, reducing wait times for many services, increasing access and changing the way care is delivered. She influenced important public policies, facilitated multi-stakeholder consensus on challenging issues and developed trusted relationships.

Prior to joining the NSM LHIN in 2006, Jill held roles with the Muskoka/Parry Sound District Health Council, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Simcoe York and Northern Shores District Health Councils.

In Jill’s own words: “With a vision that inspires people to reach their full potential, I’m thrilled to be joining the Y family; an organization that has long influenced the health and well-being of individuals and their communities. At a time where we are most challenged, I am committed to work with the great team of staff, volunteers, members and the broader community to support the Y in its recovery and renewal.”

The selection of the new CEO was conducted by a committee appointed by the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s Board of Directors; the search committee was chaired by current board member Brian Tamblyn and included current and past members of the Board, as well as several community stakeholders. The search committee was supported by Jim Janzen, a representative from YMCA Ontario, and an external search firm, Legacy Executive Search Partners.

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka board chair, W. Kirby Wagg, expressed the following: “On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I wish to welcome Jill to the YMCA. We believe she brings the expertise and experience that our organization needs to not only weather the COVID-19 pandemic, but thrive in the coming years so that we can continue to deliver on our mandate to build healthy communities.

Wagg added the following: “I wish to extend my thanks and best wishes to Rob Armstrong as he transitions into retirement. Rob has provided steadfast leadership, particularly over the past few months, and has guided our YMCA through some difficult conversations that have led to some very tough decisions. The future of our Y is stronger for his leadership.”

Jill will join the Y and assume the role of Chief Executive Officer on Nov. 30.