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The Board of Directors

The Board

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.

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Jerry Fast

President

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.

Joan Andersen

Vice President

Joan Andersen has lived in Kitsilano for almost 40 years and has been an enthusiastic participant in activities at the Kitsilano Community Centre.  She has more than 35 years of experience in the non-profit and public sectors both as an employee and as a volunteer Board member.    She was the Director of Employment and Language Services at MOSAIC for eight years and for three decades served in a variety of positions at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, including as Regional Director of CBC Radio British Columbia. She holds Masters Degrees in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto and Library Science from UBC.  Joan’s Board experience includes the Vancouver Public Library and Foundation Boards, Literacy BC, ASPECT, the City of Vancouver’s Transportation Policy Council and PLEA.

 

Alisia Adams

Member at Large

Alisia has had the good fortune to live in Kitsilano for the past 10 years.  She is a mother and a lawyer and is eager to contribute to the ongoing efforts of the Association.

The coming years promise significant changes to our neighbourhood and she welcomes the opportunity to assist the KCCA in its continuing efforts to engage and enrich the Kits community.

 

 

 

 

Ella Chan

Member at Large

Ella is a retired executive from the technology and telecommunication sectors and presently an entrepreneur operating a consulting firm and a property management business. In addition, she has been the elected President on a Kitsilano strata council for more than 5 years. Ella has lived in Vancouver for 45 years. She enjoys volunteering, and had been the nominated President of the Saint Francis Xavier(SFX) School’s Parent Support Group for 5 years and the nominated Chairperson of the Parent Participation Program at Vancouver College for 3 years. In her volunteer role at SFX, Ella also looked after the government budgets and was the approver for the school expenses out of these budgets. For the last 10 years, Ella has collaborated with a local soup kitchen which provides meals to the less fortunate servicing about 150 patrons per month, and with a group of tutors to assist public elementary schools to aid students who need extra help. The global pandemic unfortunately halts these two endeavors, however Ella is hopeful to resume helping students soon while a discussion with the schools of a digital platform is underway. This year, Ella joined the Association with the common goal to benefit the Kitsilano community. She is excited to participate in a Kitsilano Community Needs Assessment Project which will present to the Board with the outcome of the assessment, an updated understanding of the Kitsilano community needs, and services that can fulfill these needs.

 

Ian Jeske

Member at Large

Born and raised in Tsawwassen and a graduate of the University of Victoria’s Business Program, Ian has been an active member of the community and resident of Kitsilano for over 4 years.

Ian currently works for Canfor as an Account Executive and can be found either volunteering with the Canucks Autism Network or playing beach volleyball down at Kits beach

 

 

 

 

Clint McGuire

Member at Large

Clint McGuire is a Computer Consultant – specializing in Cloud, Virtualization and Security. He has been involved in Community Organizations around Vancouver since 2013 such as the Jericho Kids Club and Vancouver Fruit Tree Project. Clint’s interest lies with giving back to his community.

 

Annette Whitehead

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.

 

Liz Cochran

Vice President

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.

 

Alfred G. Lam

Secretary

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.

Emily Boardman

Member at Large

Emily was born and raised in Kitsilano. She has a passion for health and recreation, having earned a BA in Recreation and Health Education from the University of Victoria. While living in Victoria, Emily sat on multiple community boards and committees, many of which focused on facilitating the inclusion of people with disabilities. Emily is excited to once again connect with her home community and take an active role in advocating for the needs of community members

 

Daniel Conrad

Member at Large

Filmmaker Daniel Conrad’s 8 dance films and 2 documentaries have screened at Locarno, Montréal World, Seattle (Best of Fest Shorts), New York Dance on Camera (2 Silver prizes), Golden Prague (Dagmar & Vaclav Havel prize), Valladolid, ZDF’s Berlin Tanzfilmnacht, the Portland Art Museum, UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, PBS, CBC, ARTV, ZDF, TVE, Bravo, and some 50 others. He was co cinematographer on Mark Achbar’s The Corporation,  E.P./Co-writer on Damien Gillis’s and Fiona Rayher’s Fractured Land, and has MA’s in Immunology and Cinema. His publications include two articles for Contemporary Aesthetics and a book chapter in Robert Wilson from Within (Arts Arena, American University, Paris)

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Johnson

Member at Large

Claire is a new member to the Association and is keen to bring her skills in sustainability education and public engagement to the Centre.

She takes a particular interest (both academically and not) in water, food, gender, and climate change – and all the intersections in our communities.  Feel free to approach her for a chat!

 

Nona Thompson

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.

 

Robert Haines

Honorary Member

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.

 

 

Don Shaw

Vice President

Don Shaw, current Vice President of the Association, is a retired businessman who now has time to give back to his community. Don has served on a variety of Association committees, and special events since 2012. He enjoys contributing towards maintaining and improving programs that reflect the needs and interests of the Kits community.

 

Arlene Brown

Treasurer

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.

David Brooks

Member at Large

David is an Allocations Analyst for Lululemon’s Store Support Centre in Vancouver. Born in London, Ontario, David attended the University of Western Ontario and graduated with degrees in Political Science and Business Administration before moving to Vancouver, where he now lives and works in Kitsilano.  David loves cycling, hiking, camping, exercising at the Kits CC fitness centre and spending as much time as he can outside in the mountains.  David is excited to be working with the board and most interested in some of the infrastructure and sustainability improvement projects that are currently underway.

 

 

Christy Frisken

Member at Large

Christy is an exhibiting visual artist and administrative professional. She recently moved to Kitsilano from Mount Pleasant, where she has volunteered with the artist-run centre (The Western Front) for the past five years. When she’s not creating work in her studio,

Christy loves the outdoors and enjoys camping, foraging and learning about herbalism. She hopes to share her interests with patrons of the KCC Community Kitchen and Garden, as a means to reduce social isolation.

 

 

 

 

 

Holly Kretschmer

Member at Large

Holly is a recent resident of Kitsilano having moved to Vancouver from Newmarket, Ontario.  She has a diverse background in various areas including Human Resources, Training & Development, Finance and Mental Health.  Holly is a Registered Psychotherapist and Master Practitioner Clinical Counsellor and has a part-time private practice in addition to working part time in finance.  She has enjoyed being part of five boards over her career, the latest being Bridge for Health in B.C. as Treasurer and Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals as Treasurer, committee member for Public Policy, Governance and Risk Management and Ethics and Conduct panelist.  Holly is looking forward to integrating into the Kitsilano Community and looks forward to offering her support to the community and Board

Gabriel Viera

Member at Large

Gabriel, originally from Brazil, is employed as a Civil Engineer Specialist in green buildings that focus on environmentally responsible and resource efficient sustainability throughout a building’s life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.  Gabriel arrived in Canada about half a year ago transiting from South Africa, USA and Russia and has been a key contributor in= volunteer projects such as reforming the Rio’s community orchard by developing a sustainable project for solving sewage problems of the Slum of Querosene and as a member of the Green Building Council of Brazil. He is passionate about traveling, sports and music. 

Peg Hillman

Honorary Member

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.

 

 

 

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