Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society’s (PICS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that PICS’ new Chief Executive Officer will be Satbir Singh Cheema, currently Director of Employment Programs and Planning.
Mr. Cheema was selected through an open competition process spearheaded by a recruiting firm hired by PICS.
“It was an extremely grueling process since we wanted the best for PICS. PICS is uniquely positioned to serve the community in Metro Vancouver and Mr. Cheema has the required experience and skills to take the Society to even greater heights,” said Mr. Bobby Pawar, President PICS Board of Directors.
Community Stalwart and Founder of PICS Charan Gill is stepping down after 30 years of stellar service to the organization.
Welcoming Satbir Cheema as CEO Mr. Gill said, “I am extremely pleased to hand over the baton to someone with whom I have worked closely for many years. I am rest assured that PICS will be in safe and able hands.”
He also said that Mr. Cheema’s familiarity with the culture and working environment of PICS and the community it has been serving for the last 30 years was most definitely an added asset.
Mr Cheema has worked for PICS for the last 19 years. His most recent positon was Director of Employment Programs and Planning at PICS. Under Mr. Cheema’s leadership, PICS Employment Programs rose to new heights with the addition of a number of new programs including the successful Mega Job Fair, touted as the largest career fair in all of Metro Vancouver.
Talking about his selection as CEO of PICS, Mr. Cheema said that although he was excited to take over as CEO and has great plans to take PICS forward, it would be a daunting task to fill the shoes of someone like Mr. Gill who has over the last 30 years carved a niche in the social services sector with his unflinching dedication to PICS and community work.
“The road ahead is indeed exciting but I need the support of all community members,” said Mr. Cheema.