VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT – Suzanne Nakagawa
2010 – present
In keeping with write-ups about current volunteer board members on the community association, here are a few details so you know some of the behind-the-scenes fun that goes on as a volunteer. As the person taking care of website and Facebook communications by keeping the sites updated with current news for the association, I get to share some of the perks of being on the board and being able to be part of a few different things going on.
Initially a Member At Large back in 2010, I moved to Website/Facebook Communications in 2018. That means taking care of the community association Facebook page by posting about neighbourhood events, programs, construction-related issues, local business news, contests being run by the community association, etc. The website also remains a place to post important neighbourhood news.
Being a volunteer with the comm. assoc. means I enjoy a fair bit of freedom and can help out where needed and also run with a few ideas of my own if I want to. I get to enjoy organizing annual events like the Snowflake Art Project for youth, help run Tobogganing Day (with Anna and her fabulous firepit), help draft letters on behalf of the community association, take photos of the neighbourhood and its events for the comm. assoc, and run neighbourhood-wide online Facebook contests like Fall Into Fudge, All About Autumn, and Caption This Photo where residents can submit their entries and win a small prize (sponsored by the comm. assoc. or a local business).
The above-mentioned contests, along with December’s “Winter Nights, Winter Lights” contest, give me a chance to not only deliver prizes to adults and kids in one of our 3 neighbourhoods, but also meet a variety of people of all ages. Taking a box of long john doughnuts to a 9-year old Kelsey Woodlawn resident, who won a recent contest through the community’s Facebook page, was one of my best days in recent months.
Mostly, I get a lot out of being able to volunteer with other board members and general residents who like to get involved in the community and take action when needed. Thanks for giving me many reasons to stick around these past few years.
A big thank you to Evan Cole for his assistance in maintaining this website for the past year and gradually changing it over to a more user-friendly site for us all.
Thank you, Evan, we appreciate it!
Thank you Janet, for 15+ years of volunteering with the Community Association and helping make the community a nicer place for everyone.
See poster below for details on Janet’s role in the new outdoor rink in Henry Kelsey Park (written in summer 2019).
A big thank you to Matthew Gibson, long-time rink maintenance person and keeper of one of the nicest outdoor community rinks in the city. We will miss Matt as after many years, he is taking a break. Thank you for all the time and effort at the rink, it was appreciated by all of us.
Shelley Marshall 2016 – 2020
The community association wants to thank Shelley Marshall for all the time and effort she gives as a volunteer in her community. Shelley has worn a couple of different hats these past couple of years, and often works quietly behind the scenes so many are not aware of everything she’s doing.
Shelley has had a big role as one of the community association’s indoor coordinators for the past few years, organizing classes for kids and adults, booking the school classrooms and gyms needed for the activities, and also helping find instructors.
What many don’t know, though, is that she played a large role in the successful makeover of the community’s only outdoor rink on Valens Drive this past summer. Rink coordinator, Janet, explained that “Shelley helped every step of the way. She helped organize all the fundraisers. We also met regularly to discuss everything from fundraising to grants, as well as finding volunteers. Once we were close to having the funds in place, we met to discuss all the logistics of tear down and then rebuilding.”
Shelley made a huge difference in her community that will impact our community for years to come. We’re so happy to have her on the community association board again this year – thank you Shelley!
Dave Newton – 14 years and counting
The Community Association is very thankful Dave Newton has been volunteering in the community for 14 years. When he first joined, it was to fill the role of Soccer Coordinator for 10 years. He coached when his kids were young and playing soccer, and then stayed on as the community’s soccer coordinator even after his own kids aged out of community-level soccer. In addition, for the past 4 years, he’s been a volunteer Member At Large on the board and is always around to help out at various community events.
Thank you for being such a strong and long-time supporter in the community, Dave.
Kaela – 2017 -2020
Kaela joined as a volunteer board member in 2017 and accepted nomination for the role of Treasurer and filled that position for 2 years. Kaela’s attention to detail was greatly appreciated in bringing our financial records up to date She has lent her support to the Spring Clean up planning and is always there to help when needed. At our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the fall of 2019, Kaela decided to volunteer as part of the newsletter team and advertising and assists with organizing the delivery of community newsletters 3 times a year.
Margaret Johnson 2015 -2020
Thank for, Margaret, for being a steady presence in your different volunteer positions with the Community Association.
Margaret started volunteering in 2015 as a Member At Large, helping out wherever needed, and in 2016 moved into her current role as an Indoor Coordinator. She is responsible for making indoor classes happen in the community for residents of all ages in Hudson Bay Park, Mayfair and Kelsey Woodlawn. She not only finds instructors to teach various programs, but also books the different school classrooms and gyms needed for all the activities. Margaret’s role takes strong organizational skills, patience, and a desire to make nice things possible for everyone in the community.
Thank you for helping give residents of all ages many opportunities to get active and also meet and have fun with others in their community.
Newsletter Coordinator – Mike Yerhoff – 2019-2020
A big thank you to Mike for stepping forward in spring 2019 to be a volunteer Newsletter Coordinator for the Community Association. The newsletter helps residents learn more about neighbourhood events, programs, and local businesses and is available 3 times in paper format and online.
We really appreciate the time and effort Mike puts into designing the newsletters and he also often assists with helping make online documents more user-friendly for other board members.