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ESTHER’s Lead Organizer, Bill Van Lopik, Stepping Down

After almost six years of dedicated work with ESTHER, Bill Van Lopik has decided to step down from his position as Lead Organizer. He will begin his well deserved time of retirement at the end of June of this year. ESTHER will miss this gentle man’s presence with his effective style of leadership.

It is a leadership that flows from his lifelong awareness of, sensitivity to and passion for marginalized people living under systemic injustices. Bill has a unique ability to reach out to people, listen to them intently and make them feel welcomed in his presence. It was that grace that allowed others to share their own passion for injustices and then to become part of existing ESTHER task forces or to begin new ones.

Bill has played no small part in helping ESTHER clarify what it means for us to become an anti-racist organization and to become more particularly aware of the injustices experienced by members of our indigenous communities.

We are grateful to you, Bill, for making ESTHER a more respected organization state-wide and especially here in the Valley. How good it is to know that you Bill, will always be near for needed justice work even in your retirement.  

Gary Crevier

Gary Crevier

President of ESTHER

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