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St.Amant announces new President & CEO

St.Amant announces new President & CEO

The St.Amant Board of Directors, is pleased to announce that Ben Adaman has accepted the position as incoming President & CEO for St.Amant succeeding John Leggat upon his retirement.

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Ben joined St.Amant in 2014 as the Senior Manager of Clinical Services and has been in the role of Director of Clinical Services and member of the St.Amant Executive Team since 2019. Originally trained as a speech-language pathologist, Ben started his career with the augmentative and alternative communication service at Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Centre. Before joining St.Amant, Ben was the first coordinator of the WRHA’s communication devices program. Ben has led the development of St.Amant’s Jordan’s Principle program, which now delivers hundreds of services to children and youth in nearly 50 First Nations communities across Manitoba. Ben also led the development and implementation of the new strategy for spiritual health services and the development of St.Amant’s first accessibility plan and accessibility policies. 

 “Our hiring committee was very impressed with Ben’s vision to continue to deliver services to the disability sector with a focus on mindfulness, a desire to understand and support the individual, and an attitude of respect. His vision aligns well with the Board of Director’s goals of enhancing the lives of everyone we serve by enabling them to express choice, establish friendships, and live fulfilling lives,” said Ken Kustra, St.Amant Board Chair.

Ben’s career has centred around supporting people with disabilities to live full and meaningful lives and he is deeply committed to a holistic approach that is creative, flexible, compassionate, and efficient.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve St.Amant in a new way and am looking forward to continuing to support the current strategic vision through values-based decisions and a person-centred approach to services. I’m also looking forward to getting to know each of our program and service areas from a new perspective and learning how best to support each team,” said Ben Adaman.

The Board wishes to thank John for his leadership and look forward celebrating and honouring him at his farewell event next Wednesday. We anticipate a smooth transition and look forward to working with Ben in his new role.

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