PWRDF appoints development veteran as new director

Archbishop Fred Hiltz (middle), primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and president of the PWRDF board, and Adele Finney (right), PWRDF executive director, welcome William Postma. Photo: Simon Chambers
Archbishop Fred Hiltz (middle), primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and president of the PWRDF board, and Adele Finney (right), PWRDF executive director, welcome William Postma. Photo: Simon Chambers
By on April 28, 2016
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On June 13, William Postma, who has been working in international development since 1991, will assume the role of executive director of The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the relief and development agency of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Postma recently served as the vice-president, programs and research, at Pathways to Education, a non-government organization that helps youth from low-income communities finish high school and transition into post-secondary education or the workplace.

He has also worked with Save the Children Canada, World Vision and the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee. He is the chair of Citizens for Public Justice, a faith-based organization that advocates for social and ecological justice in Canadian public policy.

Postma was not available for comment about his appointment.

In a press release, Maureen Lawrence, vice-president of the PWRDF board and leader of the search committee, said the fund “look[s] forward to working with Will because of his wide and varied experience in areas of concern to PWRDF.” The board also “anticipate[s] that his leadership will build on the work in place and enhance he reputation that PWRDF enjoys both nationally and internationally,” she said.

Postma succeeds Adele Finney, who will retire in May after serving as executive director since 2010.