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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 has lived in Vancouver for 45 years. She is a retired executive from the technology and telecommunication sectors. Presently, she operates a consulting firm and a property management business. She has also been the elected President on a Kitsilano strata council for more than five years.

Ella enjoys volunteering and was nominated President of the Saint Francis Xavier (SFX) School’s Parent Support Group for five years and the nominated Chairperson of the Parent Participation Program at Vancouver College for three years. For the last ten years, she has collaborated with a local soup kitchen that provides meals to the less fortunate (150 patrons per month) and with a group of tutors to aid students from public elementary schools. This year, Ella joined the Association with the goal to benefit the Kitsilano community.

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.

 

Suzanne Narvey

Member at Large

Suzanne is enthusiastic about giving back to the community she has been part of for the last 36 years. She and her family have participated in various fitness, recreational and educational activities at KitsCC. For the last five years, she has part of the Program and Special Events committees at the centre. Suzanne believes in the importance of community and feels that community centers are a hub where people of all ages and diversity can gather to enrich and strengthen their well being.

Suzanne is a retired special education teacher who has worked both at the school and district levels. She has hosted many educational workshops in Vancouver and volunteered for the Vancouver Film Festival. In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and bridge, reading her book club’s latest pick, spending time in her community garden and enjoying its produce.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Faisal Mirza

Member at Large

Faisal is an engineer/MBA that has worked with the City of Vancouver's Engineering department for over eight years in the areas of solid waste strategy and clean technologies.

KCC has always had a special place in his heart because it was there for him when he first moved to Vancouver from the Greater Toronto Area providing fun classes including swing and ballroom dancing. When not working on a financial model or at a construction site, he can be found playing guitar, trying not to get a noise complaint.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Amber Hunter

Member at Large

Amber has recently moved to Kitsilano from Montréal, Québec. She is an economic development consultant who works with regions across North America to help drive inward investment projects. A Montréal-based passion project saw Amber co-found a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization named Demoskratos – that offers interactive workshops to promote civic literacy and engagement to marginalized community groups. Amber is thrilled to be joining KCCA as she believes that community engagement and programs are paramount to maintaining a strong, healthy quality of life.

Anne Rooney

Member at Large

Anne has lived in Kitsilano for over 25 years and was previously on the Board executive. During that time, she was awarded Volunteer of the Year. Anne was also previously Chair of the Board of directors of the Queen Elizabeth After School Care Society.

Anne is a Manager and in house lawyer at BC Hydro and has rejoined the Board this year in order to better support the Association which her family and community rely on. In her free time, Anne loves being outdoors gardening, biking and hiking.