The board of directors for the Workforce Development Board is pleased to announce that Jennifer Lamantia will be assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer as of Oct. 30.

She is replacing Joe Celestini, whose tenure with the organization is coming to a close after more than four years with his retirement early next month.

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Joe for his dedication and welcome Jennifer to the team,” said Christian Vesnaver, chair of the WDB’s board of directors.

“She is very personable, knowledgeable, innovative and forward-thinking. She’s also extremely community-oriented and brings a lot of different skills to the table.”

CEO hs webLamantia has more than 15 years of experience in management positions in both the non-profit and private sectors. She most recently served as the manager of business development at Access Copyright, where she was responsible for driving business development initiatives for the education and corporate markets and supporting innovation work. Previous to that, she worked in the educational publishing industry.

The longtime Lindsay resident is actively involved in the community, serving as a member of 100 Women Who Care Kawartha Lakes and recently joined the area Alzheimer Society as a board member. She’s also an avid community gardener at the Lindsay Community Garden, a weekend fitness and yoga instructor at the Lindsay Recreation Complex.

“I’m excited and honoured to join the dedicated and accomplished team at the WDB to support our stakeholders with reliable local labour market information and relevant resources that meet their needs,” Lamantia said.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work together with a range of partners as workforce planning and strategies evolve in our dynamic local labour market.”

The Workforce Development Board is a not-for-profit organization serving Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton. Founded in 1996, the WDB is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to provide labour market information, coordinate employment and training services and engage employer communities.

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