Welcoming the new CEO, Michael Kromwyk

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Greetings to the LDS community and thank you for the many well wishes that we have received since the announcement of my appointment. I feel blessed to work for LDS and to lead our community and I thank you for your support, prayers and many blessings I have received in recent weeks.

I also extend a thank you to John van Ruth, our current CEO who is retiring on July 7. John has been an exemplary leader and I have learned so much from him over the past three years at LDS. I have known John for many years and always said that I would like to work with him and can now proudly say that JvR (as we know him) has had an impact in my life.

In Colossians it says to serve as for the Lord and not for men. This summarises what I see as our mission here at LDS. Our role is to serve God through supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community, providing our clients high quality service and respecting their right to choice and control. At LDS we live and breathe this everyday and I want our community to be assured that the LDS you know today will continue to serve our clients and their circle of support through high quality faith-based service.

Over the next few months I am looking forward to visit every house and meeting with clients, staff, families and friends. I want to hear from you about what we are doing well and where we can improve. Our goal remains to create happy homes and to serve through our values of faith, empowerment, excellence and fun.

I am looking forward to leading LDS and serving you in my new capacity from July 3.