Madeleine Nerenberg announced as next Executive Director of KEYS

Madeleine Nerenberg is the next Executive Director of KEYS Employment and Newcomer Services. Photo via LinkedIn.

The KEYS’ Board of Directors has announced Madeleine Nerenberg as the next Executive Director of KEYS Employment and Newcomer Services.

According to a release from KEYS, Nerenberg is a 16-year veteran of KEYS who started her journey with the organization as a Resource Centre Specialist, Youth Employment Counsellor, Immigrant Employment Specialist and has evolved into a strategic leader within the organization.

As the Director of Newcomer Services, Nerenberg has become known as a sector leader and helped to strengthen KEYS’ stellar reputation as a dependable service provider with government and non-government funders, the organization noted. Under her leadership, KEYS’ Newcomer Services has developed from a team of seven to a team of over 40 staff and encompasses the Resettlement program for Kingston which Nerenberg helped initiate and which has served over 1,200 Government Assisted Refugees since 2016.

Nerenberg is reportedly known by staff and partners alike for her collaborative, strengths-based approach to management and partnership. She has been appreciated by many as a mentor and coach and is most motivated by seeing others around her grow and flourish, KEYS noted. Fluently bilingual in English and French, she is a skilled communicator and public speaker.

According to the release, it was KEYS’ reputation for being a genuine and community-engaged organization, whose values are rooted in the concepts of social justice and decent work, that first drew Nerenberg to the organization; and it is those values, integrated with the spirit of innovation and creativity, that have kept her with KEYS for so many years. 

“It was important to the Board that the next Executive Director of KEYS would stay true to the values of the organization, and we believe that under Madeleine’s leadership, these values will continue to be at the core of the organization – now and into the future,” stated Wendy Vuyk, Board Chair.

KEYS said that as an employee of the organization for so many years, Nerenberg has a profound understanding of the organizational culture and principles. She reportedly recognizes and values the people, culture, and history that make this organization what it is. 

As the incoming Executive Director, Nerenberg will also bring energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to shepherd KEYS into the future, the organization noted, adding that it knows that Nerenberg, in collaboration with the KEYS Leadership Team, staff and Board of Directors, will carry on the legacy of KEYS as a people-centered, values-driven, community-based organization.  

“I am grateful to the Board of Directors for the opportunity to lead KEYS into the future,” Nerenberg said, “and I am excited to collaborate with the Board, leadership and staff of KEYS as we co-create the best for this beautiful organization, for those we employ, for those we serve, and for the communities to which we belong.”

The board also wishes a warm farewell to KEYS’ founding executive director, Michael Harris, and celebrates his transformative leadership that shaped KEYS into a mature, impactful, non-profit organization that has become woven into the fabric of the communities it serves. 

“Michael, we wish you the best on your new journey!” the board expressed.

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