Jamil Mahmood named executive director of Winnipeg’s Main Street Project

Main Street Project has a new executive director.

The Winnipeg homeless shelter announced Thursday that former Spence Neighbourhood Association executive director Jamil Mahmood will take over the top spot.

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“I am really excited to join the Main Street Project leadership team,” Mahmood said in a release.

“Main Street Project is a leader in the homelessness sector and I couldn’t be more honoured than to work with these amazingly talented and highly committed people.”

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Main Street’s former executive director, Rick Lees, left the position abruptly in July at the same time Global News learned the non-profit organization was being audited by the province’s Auditor General.

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In July, Main Street board chair Vince Warden said Lees’ departure was not related to the audit.

At the time, a source with knowledge of the situation said a staff member from the Main Street Project approached the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in the spring of 2019 to complain about financial irregularities at the shelter.

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Main Street Project has been actively helping Winnipeg’s vulnerable populations for more than four decades.

Mahmood has a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from the University of Winnipeg.

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Most recently Mahmood has been working with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority providing mobile outreach services after spending more than 10 as executive director of the Spence Neighbourhood Association.

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Mahmood will officially start in his new role Jan. 4.

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