Crystal Zens will be the new Executive Director of Lacombe Family and Community Support Services. (File photo)

Lacombe & District FCSS appoints new Executive Director

Lacombe Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) has a new Executive Director.

November 4, FCSS made the announcement that Crystal Zens has been appointed as the new Executive Director effective in December.

“The Board of FCSS is excited to have Crystal Zens take on this role as Executive Director upon the retirement of long serving executive director, Susan MacDonald,” Michelle Maier, Board Chair says. “Ms. Zen’s commitment to Lacombe families in her previous role with Big Brothers Big Sisters is a testament to her passion of enriching our community. The Board and staff of FCSS looks forward to working with Ms. Zens to continue to build on the good work of FCSS in providing programs and support to members of Lacombe and area communities.”

Zens has significant experience in the not for profit sector including serving as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Lacombe since 2008. While under her direction, the charity received numerous awards including Not for Profit of the Year, Friends of Wolf Creek School, United Way Member Awards, BBBS of Canada Growth and The Team Spirit Award.

Zens was a business owner and creator before moving to Lacombe and has spent many years involved in roles associated with early childhood development, education, and programs.

Personally, Zens has been awarded the Solicitor General of Public Safety Award for preventative programs and the Lacombe Express COVID Hero Award and was also nominated for the Women of Excellence Award in Human Services through the Red Deer Community Foundation.

“I am honored to be working with the Board of FCSS and grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve my community in such a meaningful way,” says Zens. “I am also very excited to be leading a dynamic FCSS team that cares deeply about improving lives in our community and are so key in bringing the mission and vision to life.”

“Welcome Crystal, it is with joy and confidence in your leadership, I congratulate you on your appointment as the new Executive Director for Lacombe & District FCSS,” says retiring executive director, Susan MacDonald. “We recognize your community involvement, knowledge and commitment to the well-being of others, all of which will be a great asset for FCSS.”