CEO Farewells Apunipima
It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Apunipima Health Council announces Cleveland Faganâ€™s departure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) today. Since 2006, Cleveland has played a pivotal role in the development and success of the organisation. Throughout the past 11 years Cleveland through the guidance of Cape Communities, the board and his team he made many significant organisational accomplishments. Some of these include the establishments of the foundation to community control in Cape York to five communities and the transition of four wellbeing centres from RFDS to Apunipima.
Cleveland has the led the organisation from 34 board members and 15 staff to one of the largest community controlled health organisation in Queensland with over 180 staff with 50% of our workforce identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and 30% of those are community based employees.
These are just a few of the noted accomplishments that Cleveland has made in his time.
Chair of Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Thomas Hudson shares his gratitude for Clevelandâ€™s time, passion and commitment to see through several aspirations.
â€śCleveland has poured love and passion into the organisation to nurture it to where it is today, without his commitment the people of the Cape may not have as strong a voice to what they have today, I am proud to have worked alongside him as Chair.â€ť
Cleveland shares his parting words of guidance for the next chapter of Apunipima;
â€śI came to this organisation knowing of the future challenges ahead and had a clear vision on how to obtain those goals, with many accomplishments gained already this year alone, I know the passion of our board and executive team will lead the organisation to further success, I have worked with some of the most inspirational leaders across the Cape and the leaders within the four walls of this organisation, I have no doubt that Apunipima will continue to be strong advocates for the people of the Cape.
â€śI have a mix of emotions as I move into this next chapter of my life and career. I feel at ease knowing I have done what I came to do for our mob in Cape York, thank you to all the board and staff for supporting me on this journey.â€ť
Apunipima cannot thank Cleveland enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation he has given Apunipima over the past 11 years. He will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, members and partners alike.
Working alongside the Board of Directors, Paula Arnol our Primary Health Care Executive will act in the CEO position while recruitment for a new CEO is underway. This will ensure that Apunipima will continue along this successful trajectory.