The MS Society of Canada has recently welcomed its new Lloydminster chapter manager. Lacey Flichel officially assumed the gig on Aug. 31 and is now settling in to her new roles and duties.
“It’s a little daunting,” Flichel said with a laugh. “I’ve been in a management position before with a bigger organization, but it’s still a little daunting. I’m up for the challenge and I’m excited to go through the yearly cycle and see what the walk has in store and the process of running that.”
Her duties as chapter manager will involve what she says is “a lot of liaison” with the local MS Society board members, the media, and chapter members and to make sure fundraising and the fund development of the chapter is successful.
Flichel says she became interested in the position, both because she has some personal ties with people affected by MS, and also because she likes to help people in general. Being in this role she feels that through her efforts she’ll be able to see the immediate results of the work she puts in to help those afflicted with the disease.
The other members of the local MS Society, as well as the people in the community who help with the cause, are also aspects of the job she has been enjoying so far in her run as chapter manager.
“I’ve met some of the chapter members and the support group that is in the Lloydminster community is phenomenal,” said Flichel. “Just knowing that I have a backing of such a great team here is really comforting and a relief and I can’t wait to work more with them.”
Flichel previously worked as a recreational therapy department manager at a long term care centre in Edmonton where she supervised daily recreational activities, planned calendars and worked with a team to make sure that residents were getting the best treatment possible.
Originally from Battleford, Flichel studied at the University of Regina in the faculty of kinesiology and health studies. She started out studying human kinetics then switched to therapeutic recreation, leaving school with a bachelor of sport and recreation studies, majoring in therapeutic recreation with a double minor in human kinetics and psychology.
Part of the appeal for Flichel in assuming the job as chapter manager was that she could move from Edmonton and be closer to home. Now that she’s adjusting to life in Lloydminster she says, “I’m enjoying it so far and excited to see what the future holds.”