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The Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society in Prince George (IMSS) is announcing the retirement of the organizations Executive Director (ED) and founding member, Baljit Sethi.
After 41 years of service, Sethi has come to an agreement with the IMSS board. President, Mostafa Mohamed, says the agreement is years in the making. “Long-time negotiation with the ED started almost 3 years ago. At that time, Baljit agreed we were going to hire an assistant ED and she will train this person for 6 months for full pay and then she will be a paid consultant as needed later on…Just recently we started to get things in writing.”
The board is not releasing the reasons why it sought Sethi’s retirement yet, but Mohamed says it was under a lot of pressure. “We were hoping it [Sethi’s retirement] would come naturally from within the organization, but once we moved into the building we started to hear disagreement with the ED and some employees.”
Sethi declined to speak with us, but has said publicly that she was forced out.
Mohamed says the board appreciates all she has done. “We recognize first of all that she is the one who put her time and energy into starting this organization. At a certain point she told me that she had to use her own money, she had to use her own time. So basically it started from ground zero.”
Sethi has received several awards during her time of service, some of which include the Prince George Citizen of the Year in 2006, the 1992 Governor Generals Award and the Order of BC in 2011.
The position will be posted in the next couple of weeks. IMSS will be celebrating Sethi’s service later this year.