December 19, 2019 (Okanagan) – Today, United Way Southern Interior BC is pleased to announce the appointment of new Executive Director, Kahir Lalji. Kahir started earlier this week and brings with him over 10 years non-profit leadership and community development experience including deep roots with United Way.

Kahir holds a fellowship in developmental leadership & evaluation, and a Masters in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University. His passion in working with underserved populations has driven his success in supporting community-based programs and services across the Province. Kahir has worked with a diverse set of stakeholders in creating healthy, inclusive communities.

In addition to his work as Provincial Director of Population Health for the United Way Lower Mainland, he has facilitated effective, longstanding partnerships with all levels of Government, Civil Society organizations, and has supported several non-profits in senior leadership capacities. Kahir serves on several community-based boards including being President of the British Columbia Original Minds Association.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are incredibly excited to announce Kahir as the new Executive Director of the SIBC team”, says Sinead Scanlon, United Way Board Chair. “His wealth of experience in the not for profit sector, as well as his depth of knowledge of the United Way movement made this a perfect fit to lead our United Way. We look forward to welcoming Kahir to his new home in the Okanagan where he can spend time throughout our newly expanded region and continue to build on the strong community partnerships across the Southern Interior of BC.”

Kahir plans to meet with all key United Way stakeholders and champions in early 2020 as well as dive into the development of the United Way strategic plan for the next 15 months. To contact Kahir, call 250-860-2356 or email:

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About United Way Southern Interior BC:

United Way Southern Interior BC serves the communities of the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen regions. Formed by the merger of United Way CSO and United Way NOCS, United Way SIBC builds on over 65 years of community investment. Our mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The United Way invests time and resources in three focus areas that support all that kids can be, move people from poverty to possibility and build healthy, strong communities. For more information, visit or call 1-855-232-1321. For the North Okanagan office, call 1-866-GIVE4UW.

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