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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NOVEMBER 15, 2018                                                                                Contact:  Ellen M. Ganley, Director of Development  508 762-9807 
Executive Director Jill C. Dagilis Announces Retirement Plans
Worcester, Massachusetts -   Jill C. Dagilis, Executive Director of Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC) announced today that she will be stepping down May 31, 2019 after more than 12 years with the agency. Ms. Dagilis was appointed as Executive Director at WCAC in 2006 following 24 years with the City of Worcester.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of Worcester Community Action Council", said Dagilis in a statement. "Every day I am inspired by WCAC's mission and our efforts to help people in need move to economic self-sufficiency. I am humbled to work with such a dedicated Board of Directors and staff team. I am very thankful for WCAC's strong partnerships with public, private and non-profit partners, our generous donors, legislative leaders, and volunteers because together we have provided programs that contribute to the improved health and well-being of individuals, families and stronger communities in Central Massachusetts. WCAC is well-positioned for the future with a strong financial base, and a talented, experienced staff and Board of Directors. I look forward to working with the Board, staff, and our federal, state, and local funders to ensure a smooth transition. I have dedicated my professional and volunteer service to the people and communities in this region. I am now looking forward to spending time with family and pursuing my other interests."

Board Chairperson Noreen Johnson Smith stated, "The board of directors is deeply grateful to Jill for her dedicated service to the community and for her longstanding commitment to alleviating poverty and helping all families move toward self-sufficiency. She has devoted herself to public service for many years, strengthening the City of Worcester and communities throughout Central Massachusetts. Jill has been working with the Board during the past several months to ensure a smooth transition for the agency. The board will engage an executive search firm to support this process."
About WCAC

Since 1965, the Worcester Community Action Council has served as the federally designated anti-poverty agency for central and southern Worcester County, with a mission of helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships and advocacy.

Serving the City of Worcester and 45 neighboring communities of Auburn, Blackstone, Boylston, Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Holden, Holland, Hopedale, Hubbardston, Grafton, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Monson, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Palmer, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Wales, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield and Westborough.  
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