March 18, 2019

Megaphone begins search for next executive director

For Immediate Release: Megaphone begins search for new executive director

Monday, March 18, 2019 (Vancouver, BC) - Megaphone announced today that it has launched a search for its next executive director. Jessica Hannon, who has been at Megaphone since 2011 and executive director since 2016, will step down in summer 2019.

Hannon led Megaphone as it expanded its vendor program services, peer mentorship and leadership opportunities, launched a cashless payment app, hit the milestone of more than one million dollars earned by its low-income vendors through calendar sales and launched a new project on dismantling stigma in response to the overdose crisis.

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“We are so grateful for Jessica’s many years of service. The organization wouldn’t be where it is today without her leadership, vision and work ethic. Now, we’re looking ahead to build on Megaphone’s recent successes,says Whitney Brown, Chair of Street Corner Media Foundation’s Board of Directors. “As we begin the search for Megaphone’s next executive director, we are excited to hear from leaders in the social enterprise and charitable sector—and to offer the opportunity to continue building a strong and inclusive organization.”

Each year, Megaphone creates meaningful work and community connection for hundreds of British Columbians marginalized by poverty through its vendor program, photography contest, writing workshops and speakers bureau. The organization publishes the monthly Megaphone Magazine alongside the annual Hope in Shadows calendar and Voices of the Street literary issue, all sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by people experiencing poverty through a low-barrier employment program. Since its launch in 2008, the organization has put over one hundred thousand dollars each year into the pockets of its vendors and enjoyed broad-based support and recognition for its impactful programs, dynamic campaigns and and commitment to community.

“Megaphone has the power to change lives. It has certainly changed mine,” says Hannon. “Given the strength of our team and the overall health of the organization, this feels like the right time to make space for new leadership. I'm deeply grateful to have worked alongside our vendors, speakers, and supporters to build toward communities where everyone has a safe home and can participate fully in society. And now I need to get back to work, as there is a lot I want to accomplish yet before my time here is up.”

Megaphone begins a search process for its next executive director immediately. Find the full job posting and information on how to apply here.

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About Megaphone

Megaphone offers people experiencing poverty and homelessness products, platforms, and training programs to help them earn a living while advocating for themselves and their communities. Through programming like Megaphone Magazine, the Hope In Shadows Calendar and Megaphone’s Speakers Bureau, Megaphone is working to change the story on homelessness and poverty in our communities.

Media contact:

Jessica Hannon, outgoing executive director

Phone or text: 604-341-5005

Email: executivedirector@megaphonemagazine.com

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