Head of Calgary Drop-In Centre set to retire

Sixteen years after taking the reins of the Calgary Drop-In Centre executive director Dermot Baldwin is ready to call it a day.

Baldwin spearheaded and oversaw the construction of the downtown DI shelter and two other affordable housing projects. It’s long been rumoured Baldwin’s health has been failing which was hinted at in a profile piece written by Jeremy Klaszus last year.

The 68-year-old has long been a critic of Calgary’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness the city’s redevelopment plan in the East Village and other homeless shelters.

The official announcement of the retirement is expected to be made Friday. It’s reported that assistant executive director Debbie Newman is tapped to takeover when Baldwin steps down.