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.
Jerry 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!
Arlene 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
Born 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.
Sue Ann Sargent
Member at Large
Educated 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
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
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.
Honorary Member. Peg Hillman was continuously involved with Kitsilano Community Centre Association throughout the 80s and 90s – as Secretary, and as representative of Vancouver Ringette Association. Her husband, Ken Hillman, was Vice President. Along with her late husband, Ken, they were involvement with the Community Centre began when their children were attending pre-school.