CLWR Executive Director to Retire
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) has announced the forthcoming retirement of Robert Granke, Executive Director of the organization. Marcus Busch, President of the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) Board of Directors, announced the news in a release March 16.
Executive Director Granke will retire effective March 31, 2018. He has been Executive Director since March 1, 2006. Granke first began his career with CLWR in March of 1977—meaning he had completed 40 years of service at the time his retirement was announced.
CLWR President Marcus Busch praised Robert Granke’s long-time service. “Bob has provided exemplary leadership to CLWR and the international community for more than four decades,” he said. “Countless lives have been changed and saved by his service in the name of Canadian Lutherans. We will take time in due course to acknowledge his many contributions to the mission of CLWR. In the meantime, we appreciate your prayers as we seek new leadership to ‘steer the CLWR ship’ into the future.:
Executive Director Granke explained: “There comes a time when change must naturally occur, in an orderly and planned fashion. It has been my mission to make a difference in the lives of people each and every day, and I will continue to be driven to do so during this time of transition.”
The CLWR Board of Directors has established a succession planning process that will result in a formal invitation of applications for the position of Executive Director, expected to begin in the second half of 2017. Bob will remain fully engaged as Executive Director until the official transition of leadership occurs in March of 2018.
Motivated by Christ’s love, CLWR and Lutheran Church–Canada work in effective partnership to improve day-to-day life and provide opportunity for long-term sustainability in communities around the globe. Within Canada, CLWR assists Lutheran communities engaged in refugee resettlement.