After 21 years as an executive director for Muskoka Women’s Advocacy Group (MWAG), it was time for Joy McCormack to say goodbye. McCormack says the issue of violence against women is something she hoped to change in her lifetime.

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McCormack says she’s proud of her accomplishments, over the years, and felt it was time for a change.

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McCormack says MWAG is well set up because of the wonderful people working there, which is a great time for a new person to come it. McCormack officially retired last Tuesday.

There will be a “Celebrating Joy” farewell event, in her honour, this coming Tuesday from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at 155 Manitoba Street in Bracebridge. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be snacks and a cash bar.

Meantime, as MWAG says goodbye to one executive director, they are getting ready to welcome another. Rachelle Walker will officially start February 1st. Walker says she is bringing many years of experience to her new role.

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Walker says she can’t wait to get started.

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In her role as executive director, she will oversee MWAG’s community services, which includes the operation of two women’s shelters, Muskoka Interval House and Chrysalis.