Cameron con­tin­ues call for Coady lead­er­ship re­view

The Casket - - Page Two - SAM MAC­DON­ALD sam­mac­don­ald@the­cas­ket.ca

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.”

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