Cameron continues call for Coady leadership review
Colleen Cameron, an associate with the Coady International Institute, believes the only way that the Coady International Institute can right its course is a formal leadership review.
Cameron made such a remark in light of decisions the institute has made that she sees as unfair and betraying the spirit of the Antigonish movement.
“I want people to continue to support the Coady, but we are looking for a review, and the president has mentioned that they’re going to do a review of the leadership — so it’s good to hear that.”
In an email to the Casket, Cindy Mackenzie, manager of media relations with St. F.X., said “there isn’t anything like that being implemented, and there are no plans for a leadership review" for the Coady.
Cameron’s call for a leadership review came in the wake of her receiving “a lot of positive reactions from people, thanking me for bringing this up,” in response to an opinion piece she wrote that appeared in the Sept. 19 edition of the Casket.
Cameron articulated her problems with the direction of the leadership of the organization in the piece she wrote, criticizing senior management’s new strategic direction — particularly what she sees as little involvement staff had in the decisions around that new direction.
Cameron’s opinion piece was a response to the intention of the Coady, in the words of vice president of the Coady International Institute and Extension Department June Webber, to “lead the way in redefining the role” of the Coady in Antigonish and the university, by “using contemporary approaches" to create sustainable change.
“I got a strong sense that the Coady extension belongs to the people in this community, and that those people want to see a strong Coady International Institute, and a strong Coady extension department continuing,” Cameron said.
Cameron added she never got any negative reactions for her opinion piece from the public, adding, “there may be some, but if there were, I didn’t receive any.”