The Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre Association Board of Directors jointly operates the Kitsilano Community Centre with the Vancouver Park Board. Some of the responsibilities of the Board include approving an annual budget, developing policies and strategic direction, monitoring financial assets, making decisions on membership issues, and strengthening personal and business relationships with the community. Board members believe in the importance of neighbourhood-based community centres and have a desire to work in a team to develop and foster community engagement throughout the Kitsilano community. Community members are welcome to volunteer as committee members, or they can be elected onto the Board at the Annual General Meeting, or during the year as space permits.
PresidentJerry is a retired public school teacher with a lifelong interest in health and fitness. He has lived in Kitsilano for 20 years and has served on the Board of Directors of the Community Centre for 18 years. He is excited to be working with the Board and Centre staff on community engagement strategies and programs to better serve the recreational needs of the Kitsilano community. He welcomes your ideas, suggestions and participation.
As Robert looks back on almost 35 years of work with Vancouver Community Centre associations, he still finds it intriguing and encouraging that virtually any member of the community can make the choice to step up, have input, and effect change.
In the case of Kitsilano, the association was created by local veterans, friends and neighbours returning from WWII. The group approached the City for assistance providing recreation in Connaught Park and enabled construction of a gym and Centre in the early 1950’s. This spirit of self-empowerment in local decision making lives on in our Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre Association today,
The Association maintains several committees, which do not require election to the Board to participate within. Any active user of the Centre can be a catalyst and advocate for improvement, building upon the successes of our activities. I urge you to get involved with YOUR Community Centre – it’s good for YOU and OUR community!
Heidi is the founder of Vital Health and one of two Vice-Presidents at KitsCC. In both her roles, she strives to co-create healthy, sustainable, purpose-driven communities and a thriving planet.
Outside of work, she enjoys fossil collecting and strolling this beautiful city of ours with her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Mister Kane.
Vice PresidentDon’s history of service in various roles in a variety of not-for-profit societies spans five decades, and continues with the Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre, where he has been a member of the Board since 2013. Born in Vancouver, Don is a longtime resident and happily (busily) retired senior. Don is a member of many committees including Marketing, Program, and Special Events and can often be found at Kits Beach Tennis Courts.
TreasurerArlene has been a resident of Kitsilano for 20 years, and a member of the Kitsilano Community Centre Association for 17 years. Arlene is a regular user of the Kits CC Fitness Centre, and currently serves as both Chair of the Program Committee and Board Treasurer.
Alfred G. Lam
SecretaryBorn and raised in Vancouver, Alf has lived in Point Grey for forty-four years. Retired from the City of Vancouver following twenty-eight years as an Electrical Inspector, Alf became a Kitsilano Community Centre Association Board member in 1988. In the time since, he has acted as Association Treasurer for eight years and is now the Secretary. Alf also chairs the Building Committee, and is a member of the Program Committee.
Member at Large
Liz is a teacher, counsellor ,workshop leader and parent of 4 children including an always inspiring son with special needs.
In addition to her work in Arts education, she has been actively involved as a volunteer in a variety of local non-profit organizations including co-leading (with Yuko McCulloch), the Vancouver Parent Transition Group) which supports families of youth with special needs.
Member at LargeStephen Cooke is a recently retired lawyer. He worked for 32 years as a prosecutor with B.C. Crown Counsel, for much of that time specializing in commercial crime prosecutions. He is also a volunteer at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House. In the past, he has been a board member of McLaren Housing Society and was active on committees of the Canadian Bar Association.
Member at LargeBen became a resident of Kitsilano in 2010, and became a Dad in 2011. This enhanced his perspective on community and he feels enormously blessed to be “pushing 40” with an awesome family, and is looking to serve Kits in a direct way. Ben has stepped into a 2 year term until 2018 and enjoys contributing to vendor procurement processes and other business development projects at KitsCC. He is a Senior Account Manager with REC Media – serving amateur sport facilities with digital engagement campaigns; as well as private consulting in family business development and succession planning. Ben is the very first Stand-Up-Paddle member at Kitsilano Yacht Club and can be found doing some form of exercise (log-lift-on-beach; pull-ups-at-KCC-park) throughout “the most beautiful neighbourhood in Canada” – his words. He can also be contacted on Instagram and Skype: @benjaminland
Member at LargeGabriel Pliska is an urban farmer based in Kitsilano, growing vegetables in local residential gardens and is really passionate about growing food! Originally from Ottawa via Japan and Germany, he now calls Vancouver home. Gabriel understands the importance of growing and cultivating your own food and sharing with others. He hopes to share his passion for gardening, cooking and growing vegetables with others in the community. Gabe is a proud member of the Garden Committee, Marketing Committee and Kitchen Committee.
Sue Ann Sargent
Member at LargeEducated at UBC, Sue Ann had worked as an Architect. Currently, Sue Ann writes, self-publishes, and produces thumbnail sketches of famous people. Sue Ann has been on the Board of Directors at Kitsilano Community Centre for 10 years, and is a graduate of Gentle Fit, an exercise program for Seniors here at the Centre.
Member at Large
Chris was born in Montreal and raised in England. He is a proud dad of a 19 yr old son.
He is passionate about the Kitsilano community and feels we are very fortunate to reside here.
Chris is the Founder and President of Kits Beach Tennis Club, a nonprofit association that was created 2 years ago to provide affordable tennis membership for the local community.
He is also on the KitsFest Tennis advisory board.
Member at Large
A graduate of UBC, Nona Thompson was the founding teacher of Step Up School, an alternate Vancouver School Board school for youth on probation. Nona operated the school for 30 years, while serving on the Board of Directors with the Learning Disability Association, Elizabeth Fry Society, Mokoyokai Society, UBC Special Education Association, the Alternate Education Association, and the Kitsilano Community Centre Association, where she was Volunteer of the Year in 2005
A passionate advocate for multiculturalism, Nona has hosted more than 1200 international students in her home, inviting many to participate in Kits CC as volunteers throughout their stay. Nona has taken on leadership roles with Older Adults Special Events, the Multicultural program, while serving on four different Committees at Kits: Older Adults, Multicultural, Program, and Kitchen Committees.
Member at Large
In her first year on the Board of Directors at Kitsilano Community Centre, Rosalba received the Parks Board Volunteer award for her support of KitsCC. In her 9 years of service, Rho has founded the Fundraising program to raise funds to support the Seniors by holding bake sales, Christmas and Easter basket sales; she is active in several committees, including: Program, Older Adult, Kitchen, and Events. Special Events at Kits are annual highlights for Rho, especially Picnic in the Park, Breakfast with Santa, Family Day, Tiggy Winkle Preschool Year End BBQ and Kitsilano Community Appreciation BBQ.
Professionally, Rho is loving retirement from her 32 year career with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. While at CMHC she received the President’s Excellence Award for service.
Rho enjoys her involvement with the talented and dedicated group of individuals on the Board of Directors and Staff at Kits, is grateful for the opportunity it provides to serve the community she lives in, and looks forward to continuing her support of the Kitsilano community Centre in the coming years.
Member at Large
A new member to the Board as of May 2016, Brenda feels fortunate to have lived in Kitsilano for the last 17 years and enjoys being involved in the community-spirit of our neighbourhood and services. Brenda loves to walk or bike everywhere she needs to go, enjoying all that beautiful Kitsilano has to offer.
Brenda hopes to becomes even more involved since her recent retirement from her career in healthcare and education, and is already offering herservices to a great program called Walk and Be Seen which is a pedestrian Visibility Campaign for seniors by seniors.
Brenda looks forward to many other programs to support in the years to come!
Member at Large
Annette is a longtime community member and volunteer; she focuses her efforts at Children’s Hospital, Kerrisdale Community Centre, and here at Kitsilano CC, with our Seniors’ programming, Special Events, Program Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors.
Annette loves photography, and enjoys spending time with friends at Kits.
Honourary Lifetime Member