Jocelyn Bouchard has resigned as CEO of the Maui Humane Society. After 20 years at the central Maui facility, Bouchard has accepted a position with the Hawaii Humane Society, based on O’ahu. Bouchard released the following public statement:
“It is with mixed feelings that I announce my resignation as CEO of Maui Humane Society. I have been offered a truly wonderful opportunity with the Hawaiian Humane Society on Oahu that will challenge me and enable me to learn new skills while still allowing me to do what I love…the advocacy and protection of animals. After much consideration and soul-searching, I have decided to accept the position. Despite my excitement at what the future holds I will sincerely miss the Maui Humane Society and all the people associated with it. It has been my honor and privilege to work at the Maui Humane Society for 20 years, serving as the CEO for this amazing organization for over 10 years now. I credit the success and growth of MHS to all the people involved with this organization–board, staff, volunteers, donors, adopters. EVERYONE has played a major role in making the Maui Humane Society what it is today. I am confident that MHS is in good hands with its current leadership and will continue to grow and do amazing things long after I am gone. The Maui Humane Society will always have a special place in my heart. A hui hou!”
A statement from the MHS Board of Directors says, “We were surprised to receive Jocelyn’s resignation, but we understand that she has taken a position with the Hawaiian Humane Society that offers her more responsibility and potential for career growth. Jocelyn has been a steadfast leader for the Maui Humane Society these past ten years, and our agency has seen tremendous growth under her guidance. She is highly qualified and respected in the animal welfare industry on a national level, and we were fortunate to have her at the helm of MHS for this long. We will miss her. Maui’s loss is Oahu’s gain.”
Bouchard has presided over the growth of the MHS – including some turbulent times involving animal control and euthenasia issues. Her departure is receiving mix responses from the community. On MauiWatch, one post read, “Here’s to a better future for MHS.” Other posts wished her well and expressed hope that another qualified leader will fill that position.