Christina Carlson to leave FIRC |

Christina Carlson to leave FIRC

HARRIET HAMILTONsummit daily news

DILLON -The Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) executive director Christina Carlson submitted her resignation last week to the center’s board of directors. Because the Friday board meeting lacked the numbers for a quorum, the resignation has yet to be accepted formally by the organization. Carlson cited “personal reasons” as the explanation for her decision. She said she hopes to continue in her current position for as long as it takes a successor to be found and trained, but finalized arrangements for the transition will be up to the board of directors.”This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made,” she said. “Because I love my job.”Executive director since October, 2002, Carlson has overseen FIRC during a period of intense growth. As of December, 2005, the agency was helping 8,000 to 10,000 clients a year with parenting programs, general assistance and integration services. A powerful advocate for the immigrant community for the past three-and-a-half years, Carlson’s voice could often be heard at public meetings.She expressed confidence that FIRC will continue to prosper, even after she’s gone.”I couldn’t leave this job if I didn’t feel like it was in good hands,” she said. “I honestly feel whoever comes next will make it better than it is now.”Although unsure of where she’ll be in her next professional position, Carlson was adamant that working with families and children in the nonprofit sector is in her future.”I was brought up by my family to understand the importance of being community-minded,” she said. “That’s a value that I’ll always hold dear.”Harriet Hamilton can be reached at (970) 668-4628, or at

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