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Oct2WedAndrew Lennox steps down after 10 years as chair. October 2, 2019 by Kristin Ostensen
This month, the Canada and Bermuda Territory welcomes a new leader to the helm of the National Advisory Board (NAB): Jan Barton. A member of the NAB since 2009 and former vice-chair, Barton replaces outgoing chair Andrew Lennox.
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“The Canada and Bermuda Territory is indebted to Andrew Lennox for his dedication, commitment and leadership,” comments Lt-Colonel John P. Murray, secretary for communications. “He has served Canadians through The Salvation Army as an executive volunteer for 25 years and as chair of the NAB for the past 10.”
In recognition of his contributions, Lennox was awarded with The Salvation Army’s Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service during the British Columbia divisional congress and commissioning weekend in June. “His visionary leadership, wisdom and goal of helping the Army be as effective as possible will be a lasting legacy,” Lt-Colonel Murray adds.
As she takes on the role of chair, Barton says she feels “humbled and honoured.” She brings a wealth of professional experience to the NAB, having served in executive leadership roles for several decades. She is currently sector vice-president, human resources, electro-optical (L3Harris), a technology company that is best known for making heat-sensing cameras, often used by military and law enforcement.
As a member of the NAB, Barton has made a number of important contributions. Working with a team, Barton helped develop the Army’s Performance Excellence and Coaching Program (PEAC), a performance evaluation and improvement structure for officers and employees. She was also involved in a project developing policies around employee compensation, ensuring internal pay equity and external competitiveness. In addition, she has shared her expertise concerning various leadership development initiatives and worked on developing a white paper on the role and function of the NAB and how its task teams and advisory committees interrelate with each other.
“I’m very grateful for The Salvation Army,” she says. “I thoroughly enjoy my time working with the organization.”
As chair of the NAB, Barton hopes to “help identify those things that are strategically important to the Army” and focus on “the vital few things that will make the biggest difference.”
She adds, “When you have a hand-off like this, when a leader changes, it’s an opportunity to step back and look at what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and shape it in the best way possible for all of the people involved.”
Speaking on behalf of the Army, Lt-Colonel Murray says he is confident that Barton will have a positive impact as chair of the NAB. “Her warm personal leadership style, coupled with her desire to engage and support the Army’s mission through the NAB, will be valued and appreciated by leadership and those whom we serve.”