Great Lakes Community Action Partnership is mourning the loss of Chris Galvin, our board chairperson, who passed away March 23, 2019 due to a sudden illness.
Chris was a long-standing member of the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) Board of Directors, having served for 13 years. She joined as a community interest group representative for Ottawa County in 2006, when GLCAP at the time was known as WSOS Community Action Commission. Chris was elected as the board chairperson of WSOS/GLCAP in 2016, and held that position until the present.
In addition to her service to WSOS/GLCAP, Chris was well-known as executive director of the United Way of Greater Toledo’s Ottawa County office. She retired as executive director in 2018 after 25 years of service. Chris was also involved in myriad organizations and groups throughout the community.
“Chris Galvin was a true champion for community action, and served our organization and community well. She was a tireless advocate, an inspirational leader, and a dear friend,” Ruthann House, GLCAP president/CEO said. “During her time as chairperson, Chris’s insight and passion was invaluable in guiding GLCAP and WSOS in carrying out our mission. She will be deeply missed.”
Our GLCAP staff and board members will remember Chris for bringing a sense of dedication, fairness and foresight to her role as board chairperson. Chris led the board with a combination of wit, enthusiasm and commitment to community. Every so often during meetings, Chris would pause to remind board members that they played an integral role in shaping programs and services that benefitted people in need of help. Not only did she use these reminders as statements of affirmation to GLCAP and its mission, but also to ensure that all board members knew that they were important and valued members of the organization.
Her memory will live on in the organization and the community. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and wish them peace.