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Suzi steps down as CEO

September 5th, 2016

 

It is with a heavy heart that I sit and write this post. Over 4 years ago, I had the idea to use adventure sports as a way of supporting disabled people to increase their confidence, improve self-esteem and increase well-being. Since then, iDID has supported hundreds of people affected by deafness, disability, and mental health issues to access adventure sports.

When we launched in Northampton in 2012, we were piloting a new way of enabling disabled people to access sports such as rock climbing, wakeboarding, snowsports, and canoeing. With great success, we then launched the adventure club and iDID Events. Through these programmes, our team were able to develop the first ever non-verbal cross disability communication system in rock climbing (one of my proudest moments). As we worked closely with our members, we saw the profound effect these activities were having on their mental health and set out to design a therapeutic climbing programme which was launched in 2015 working with young organisations across Northamptonshire.

"I have had the unbelievable privilege to have led iDID over the past 4 years and have gained some of the most memorable experiences of my life. Not only have I developed personally and professionally, I have also had the indescribable joy of witnessing the development of countless young people"

I have been incredibly proud of everything our team has achieved and as an organisation, we are now embarking on a new journey to focus on specialised programs which support marginalised young people through their adolescent development. Our team don't believe in labels. We believe that every young person is an individual with the ability to achieve their potential and we will continue to use the life changing benefits of adventure sports to empower young people to thrive.

I have had the unbelievable privilege to have led iDID over the past 4 years and have gained some of the most memorable experiences of my life. Not only have i developed personally and professionally, I have also had the indescribable joy of witnessing the development of countless young people. Although I will be stepping down as CEO, I will remain as a member of the board and continue to contribute to the development of this fantastic organisation.

We are now seeking a new CEO to lead iDID on it's exciting journey. The role is currently a voluntary role with a commitment of approximately 8-12 hours a week. The role will move to employment as the position is developed. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email us for an information pack. 

To leave on a reflective note, I'd like to share some of my favourite moments (in pictures) and would like to say a huge thank you to my colleagues, associates and our members for such a fantastic journey!

Categories:   iDID Adventure  

Posted By:  Susanne Rees

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