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IMAA Executive Director retires after 29 years of service

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

The Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association is celebrating the accomplishments and leadership of its Executive Director as he gets ready to retire.

IMAA hosted Ron Buzard's retirement party Friday afternoon as they bid him farewell and thanked him for his 29 years of service.

Buzard started working at IMAA in 1989. He moved from Kansas city to Rochester as a pastor of Baptist Church.

The reason he's resigning from IMAA is to be closer to his children and grandchildren who live in Colorado state.

He said everyday working at IMAA has been an "adventure and a joy," and that the mission of building bridges between cultures and bringing people together is an outstanding mission to be a part of.

"From the very beginning, from the first time I stepped foot into this building, it was the mission that resonated with me; of bringing people together," said Buzard. "Families that we're working with many times are here in crises, and so we have individuals here who are trained and have the capacity to reach out, and really encourage them and empower them."

Buzard said even though he's leaving IMAA he is going to be looking for other opportunities and ways to get involved in the community. He said he looks forward to spending time with his grand kids and family.

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