KGCA board members share their experiences
By Amanda Ducheminsky
A year ago Cale Runions was looking to meet other ambitious, talented, and diverse Killarney-Glengarry residents, so he decided to offer his time and experience to the KGCA board. As Director of Development for a year now, Runions says it’s rewarding to work with like-minded and enthusiast people.
Through his experiences thus far, he says it has really helped him imagine the potential of the community that we all see as possible for Killarney, and how implementing a collective vision could take our community from good to great.
The KGCA board has brought so many special memories to the people involved.
During the Great Soup Debate for Ward 8, Director of Communications Jen McKay looked around a packed hall of engaged and excited people, and “felt pride in having played a role in bringing them together to discuss the community issues most important to them.”
Both Past President, Mike Cundall and current President, Carolyn Johnson say watching the Killarney pool playground come to life was uplifting.
“We had the opportunity to work with leaders in playground design for the inclusive project. Over 200 kids came out on opening day in 2015! We were recognized not just in Killarney but on media channels for our collaborative effort,” says Johnson.
Rob Kopitar, the Director of Community Programs & Operations, agrees that “seeing the development and improvement in the programs around the community” is very motivating. Like when the board first proposed the Brown Bag 4 Kids lunch program. He says, “It felt amazing to unanimously agree to proceed and offer the facility to help with the program.”
“Our board is professional, vibrant and dynamic. Many of us have only been involved for a couple of years. New ideas are always flowing and everyone is really excited to see new things happen. We are just setting our three year goals, so it’s a great time to join. Being a board member entitles you to free training as well. It’s also a great place to try a new skill in a supportive environment,” says Johnson.
Cundall explains that there are opportunities for everyone to get involved, and with “the more people pitching in the easier it is.” He says that when it comes to deciding to join the board or not, “there are roles with varying levels of time commitments.”
Want to learn more about what it’s like to be on your community association’s board? McKay says to reach out.
“We're happy to give you a good understanding of the kind of commitment and work you would be taking on.”
Kopitar explains that you can even ask to see what it’s like first hand, and to “come and ask to sit in on a board meeting,” if you’re serious about starting your journey to help make Killarney an even more vibrant community.
Are you ready to step up your community engagement? Could you see yourself on the board?