PFM Executive Search Recruits CEO for Vancouver Children’s Society

March 1, 2017 – PFM Executive Search has placed Bernice Scholten as chief executive officer of the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centers.

Ms. Scholten brings an outstanding set of credentials and track record of working in both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, having held senior leadership positions at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Western Canada), Variety – The Children’s Charity, the Heart and Stroke Foundation (BC & Yukon), Best Buy and the Royal Bank of Canada. She is a respected leader with a proven ability to work closely with staff and key stakeholders in achieving organizational goals.

Ms. Scholten was selected for the post based on her abilities as a business leader, though her key skills as a strategist and tactician with an entrepreneurial mindset and proven ability to translate organizational vision into executable plans seemed to push her over other contenders.

“The Vancouver Society of Children’s Center’s board is delighted to have Bernice join the organization as CEO,” said board chair David Gibbons. “Her passion for supporting children and families combined with her significant and varied experience in senior leadership positions in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors make her an ideal fit.” He said the Children’s Center will advance into its next growth phase under her leadership.

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“It’s a privilege and an honor to be named as the CEO of this remarkable organization,” said Ms. Scholten. “I look forward to meeting and working with the many dedicated employees, supporters and community partners who share our commitment to providing outstanding services to children and families in Vancouver.”

Vancouver Society of Children’s Centers is a non-profit community-based organization which has developed and delivered a range of licensed child care services and family resource programs since 1995. Its services are delivered out of a range of state of the art program centers in downtown Vancouver.

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Based in Vancouver, PFM serves a wide range of industries, working with private, public and not-for-profit organizations to fill senior level executive roles. The firm has recruited a number of leaders for non-profit organizations, including the CEO for Creative BC, the executive director of Integrated Health Services, CEO for Fraser Health Authority, the chief medical health officer for Northern Health Authority, the chief financial officer at Capital Regional District (CRD)and the CEO for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

PFM is led by co-founder and partner George Madden, who is a 20-year veteran of the executive search industry. His professional accomplishments in communications, public affairs and management have made him a well-known figure in Canadian business.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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