Dick Dandurand first became interested in Gateway more than 30 years ago when he was assigned to the agency as a member of a United Way Visiting Allocation Team. Shortly thereafter, he became a Board Member and began his distinguished service as an advocate, steward, and leader of this continuously evolving agency.
He’s seen many changes over the years. Gateway has changed from two local programs operating out of a couple locations to over 10 programs and many statewide locations, including those in Jefferson & Shelby Counties, as well as Huntsville. He’s been with Gateway through name changes and seen alternative funding sources and programs come and go.
According to Mr. Dandurand, there are some things, however, that remain constant. Although the words to our mission statement have changed over the years, the one thing that hasn’t changed is Gateway’s commitment children, families and those in need and that you see that commitment in the staff, foster parents and counselors as they provide Gateway’s services in a professional and caring manner. In addition, Gateway's quality of leadership has remained steadfast. From Executive Director, Mary Edna Porter to our current President and CEO, Jim Loop, we have been fortunate to have knowledgeable, strong and visionary guidance. They have been able to marry changing community needs with United Way, private and government funding.
We are thankful for Mr. Dandurand’s dedicated service to Gateway!
Posted on Wed, September 5, 2012
by Karin Park