What others have to say about Lorch and Associates
Rhonda is an absolutely wonderful presenter. She has tremendous knowledge about working with non-profit organizations and was extremely helpful in helping us to find solutions to the obstacles and challenges we face working within a Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation. Rhonda was very understanding and put a lot of effort into focusing on workshops and topics that were beneficial to our organization. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent learning from her and are looking forward to working with her again in the future.
-Crystal Morrish, Executive Director, The Pas Community Renewal Corporation
As a small not for profit agency, with a limited training and organization development budget, it is a constant challenge to find training opportunities that are affordable and relevant to our situation. As a representative of the West Central Community Program, I have been fortunate to attend one of Rhonda Lorch’s workshops for Executive Directors as well as have had her help to update our risk management policies. In both cases, I was extremely pleased with what I got out of the workshops and the final product for my organization. Rhonda ‘gets’ small agencies, understanding the challenges they face and at the same time, not making us feel less than adequate because we haven’t addressed an area of organizational development. I have no hesitation in recommending Rhonda to any other agency.
-Mark Titheridge, Executive Director, West Central Community Program
Rhonda is one of the most intelligent, resourceful and personable individuals I have met. She immediately captures your attention in discussion and through her leadership. She has a way of leading workshops which challenge you to honestly assess your weaknesses and set realistic goals for your organization, while keeping you engaged and involved in her sessions through her humour and wit. Rhonda does her homework, tailors her sessions to your organization and shows that she truly cares about her clients. You learn from Rhonda in every workshop, training session and conversation you have with her.
-Sharla Boychuk, B.Env.Sc
I have had the good fortune of working with Rhonda over several years; Rhonda has facilitated community efforts both large and small with the utmost professionalism and competency. She is an effective listener and has a special gift for assisting groups reach consensus and more importantly achieve their goals. She has facilitated the Youth agency Alliance strategic planning session, and 18 agency member group as well as the GAIN gang strategic planning effort that boasted well over 100 attendees from a range of stakeholder agencies. She has a keen knowledge of the social service sector and the issues we all commonly face. Her skills are transferable to any audience and in any setting. I personally have employed Rhonda’s skills to assist with board development efforts , along with strategic planning for RaY. IF you are looking for a competent facilitator you have found one. Please accept this testimonial as my wholehearted endorsement of Rhonda Lorch and the excellent service she provides.
-Kelly Holmes, Executive Director, Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY)
In 2009, my role at the ministry was changing from frontline ministry to that of an Executive Director when an e-mail arrived in my Inbox from Volunteer Manitoba offering a 4 session ED Coaching Series facilitated by Rhonda Lorch. It was an amazing course that helped me understand my role as ED, the role of a Board in governing an organization, how to address issues regarding human resources, time management, risk management and so much more. Rhonda is an energetic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable facilitator well versed in the field of organizational development. She is able to share that knowledge and empower others to ‘be the best they can be.’ Rhonda made my transition much easier and has helped me avoid some of the ‘newbie’ pitfalls and develop good practices to start this part of my professional journey off on a solid foundation. She is a fount of wisdom and a source of inspiration to us all! Thanks again, Rhonda! Couldn’t have done it without you!
-Juanita Lowe, Community Minister, St Matthews Maryland Community Ministry
Rhonda Lorch has been an invaluable source of information, guidance and support for both myself as an Executive Director and our organization’s volunteer Board members. From facilitating controversial meetings to providing critical human resource guidance, Rhonda ‘s straightforward communication style and wealth of experience have made our work easier and more effective.
-Greg MacPherson, Executive Director, West Broadway Community Organization
Rhonda has helped me think though difficult situations and always provides solid, reliable direction. You’ve provided me with amazing guidance – always helping me to do what’s best, even when it’s hard. An incredible mentor, guiding us through challenging situations and reminding us to celebrate the successes. Rhonda is an incredible resource to Executive Directors – always positive and reassuring.
-Jackie Hogue, Executive Director, West Central Womens Resource Centre
Working with Rhonda Lorch has made me 100 times better as the executive director for the Spence Neighbourhood Association. We have been fortunate to contract with her for HR and board supports, meeting and consultation facilitation and more. With her vast expertise and the knowledge she brings to the table, it makes it easy to navigate even the toughest management decisions. But beyond her skill set, it is her passion, compassion and caring for community and the issues with which agencies are dealing that sets her apart from other consultants!
-Jamil Mahmood, Executive Director, Spence Neighbourhood Association
The Manitoba Chapter (Canadian Hemophilia Society) has engaged Lorch and Associates to facilitate two strategic planning sessions and to conduct a needs assessment of our membership. Rhonda Lorch has a unique ability to facilitate groups through difficult decision processes. The chapter has benefitted from Rhonda’s wealth of experience working with not-for-profit organizations. Our Board of Directors always looks forward to working with her.
-Christine Keilback, Executive Director, Canadian Hemophilia Society, Manitoba Chapter
Rhonda Lorch has been an outstanding HR consultant for our staff leadership team. (As a smaller not for profit, charity, we do not have the resources for a dedicated human resources professional as part of our staff contingent. ) We have contracted with Rhonda on a number of occasions for assistance in this area. Rhonda’s depth of experience and HR knowledge has been invaluable. Her ability to tailor her services, ensuring relevance to the presenting needs of our organization has been a important asset to us. Rhonda knows her business. She is extremely capable in assessing, listening, responding, guiding and coaching us through a number of challenging situations. Her insights and gentle, yet professional encouragement have brought significant value to us and to our organization.
-Diane Doth, Executive Director, Manitoba Children’s Museum
I have had the pleasure of working with Rhonda Lorch of Lorch and Associates on a number of occasions and would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for expert guidance on governance/board education. A day spent working with Rhonda is not like work at all! Rhonda manages to educate, guide and entertain all at the same time. With her easy going manner and fun personality Rhonda has everyone focused on the task at hand and the results are amazing. You find yourself coming up with new and innovative ideas that you didn’t even know you had! After a day working with Rhonda you will find yourself energized, motivated and excited about the future of your organization.
-Kim Wozniak, Association Manager, KJW Management
Information shared and discussed in these sessions provided a great overview of the basic requirements for effective board development. Rhonda’s experience in working with a variety of boards was evident in the anecdotes and examples she used when responding to questions regarding governance and board member responsibilities. The health of an organization is very dependent upon and related to the health of its board. The session(s) provides concrete, take-home examples, ideas and practices to assist in making boards operate more effectively.
-David Bosiak, Regional Manager, Recreation and Regional Services – Parkland
Rhonda has provided an invaluable asset to our organisation through strategic planning, board development, executive leadership and HR management. She has a rare combination of a wealth of knowledge based in the reality of the complexities of the non profit world. Her inspiring involvement with our organisation has been invaluable
-Kreesta Doucette, Executive Director, Food Matters Manitoba