Rosemary Trakalo to Step Down as Head of Junior Achievement
Kitchener-Waterloo Executive Director of Junior Achievement of the Waterloo Region Inc., Rosemary Trakalo announced August 18, 2010 that she will retire as head of Junior Achievement of the Waterloo Region Inc. effective January 31, 2011 after 14 successful years of service.
“It is with mixed feelings that I have made the decision to retire at this time, but I’ve truly enjoyed my fourteen years with Junior Achievement. It’s been both a challenging time, and a hugely satisfying experience for me. I’ve met and worked with many wonderful people, the staff at JA are truly amazing, dedicated people, and the Directors and Governors of the organization have become good friends. I thank them all for their support and encouragement over the years.”
Trakalo will stay on in the role through to the end of the year. Since taking the Executive Director position in 1996, Trakalo not only brought the organization back from the brink of bankruptcy, but has overseen tremendous growth in the delivery of programs to over 13,000 students each year, a base of more than 700 volunteers, and improved financial sustainability through the establishment of the Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region Foundation.
“Rosemary has been an incredibly passionate ambassador for Junior Achievement and the business education programs we provide to local youth,” says Board President Margo Jones. “She has put her heart and soul into JA. She fundraises, manages special events and still enjoys teaching the “Banks in Action” class program. She truly enjoys making a difference in a child’s education.”
Jim Harper, Chair of the Board of Governors and Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region Foundation states, “Rosemary has done a wonderful job in raising the profile of JA in our community and helping to put the organization on a solid financial foundation. We appreciate her contribution to the success of JA.”