By PSS | Posted: Sunday February 25, 2018
After 22 years, Presbyterian Support Southland Chief Executive Peter Wards has announced he will retire at the end of October.
Since 1995 Mr Wards has led PSS; a Charitable Trust that provides a range of health and social services in Southland through Family Works and Enliven.
PSS Chair Tim Loan said Mr Wards had led with true dedication, compassion and community focus and the impact he had over such a long period of time was significant.
“His leadership has impacted the social service, aged care and not for profit sectors across Southland. It has been a delight to work alongside Peter. His service and dedication to PSS has been of an extremely high calibre, evidenced by the huge respect staff have for him throughout the organisation.”
Mr Wards said that it had been a privilege to be able to work for the organisation for so long, alongside a fantastic team of staff, volunteers and supporters.
The improvements in the level of care across Enliven facilities, along with the growth of Family Works to provide a large number and range of services within the community, had been career highlights, he said.
Mr Wards’ last day will be 31 October 2018.
PSS is one of seven federated Presbyterian Support organisations nationally and its vision is a community where all people can make the most of their strengths and feel included, valued and safe. To bring this vision to reality, PSS assists and encourages people facing life’s challenges and provides a range of services in response to the changing needs of individuals and family/whānau in the wider community of Southland.
Its services encompass Enliven, which specialises in retirement living, residential aged care and support to older people living in their own homes, and Family Works, which offers a widespread range of support services to family/whānau, children and young people in the region, from counselling and social work support through to parenting programmes and working alongside families.
The recruitment process to fill this position will begin in due course.