President’s Message – Fall Message 2018
Greetings to the Thunderbird community and welcome to the program offerings in our Fall Brochure. The TNA Board hopes that you find much to interest you – please register early and bring a friend, the more the merrier.
More changes have come to Thunderbird Community Centre, most importantly, Ms. Gulbransen, our full-time Programmer for the last 6 years, has moved to a new role at the recently opened Killarney Seniors Centre. We thank Ms. Gulbransen for her many contributions to our Centre, particularly organizing the beautiful artwork projects inside and on the exterior walls of the building and the banners you see around our community. The Board wishes Ms. Gulbransen every success working with the Killarney seniors. Ms. Nicholson
has assumed the lead programming role at Thunderbird. She has worked as Programmer on several portfolios, dividing her time between Thunderbird and Renfrew Centres for the last 6 years. Ms.Nicholson organized the Celebrate Canada event held on June 28(hope you were there and had a great time) and has produced the Fall Brochure. If you have any suggestions for new programs that would be of interest to the Thunderbird community, please share your ideas with Ms. Nicholson.
Sadly, Ms. Heppner and Ms. Yang, who have been Special Needs Teachers in Thunderbird’s Preschool for 13 and 5 years respectively, will leave in August to pursue other opportunities. They have been a tremendous help in operating the Preschool with Ms. Geraghty and the Board wishes them success in their new endeavors. Interviews of applicants for the Preschool positions are ongoing.
We would also like to congratulate Ms. Chalmers, who continues to work in a few programs at Thunderbird and is now a regular part time facilities clerk at Sunset Centre. Ms. Kettleman has been hired for meal preparation on the Skeena Terrace programs. Lastly, Ms.Thomas, the Principal at Thunderbird Elementary School is leaving
for a new posting at Simon Fraser School. Our staff team has collaborated with Ms. Thomas on several events and new program directions
over the last 2 years. The TNA Board thanks Ms. Thomas for her community support and wishes her continued success with her
new staff team.
The TNA Board and staff engaged in a one-day Strategic Planning workshop on May 12, facilitated by Ms. Alison Brewin of Vantage Point. The group process indicated several strengths and vulnerabilities in TNA’s operations at the Centre and suggested some options to explore in the next 3-5 years. The new banners, to replace the faded ones on light poles around the community, have been printed, but await completion of construction on the Fortis gas line along East 1st Avenue.
The Board is in the process of renewing its By-Laws and Constitution. Some changes were passed at the 2017 AGM and additional changes will be proposed in a general meeting, yet to be scheduled in September. This year’s AGM will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018. At least 2 Directors are retiring from the Board and we are actively looking for volunteer applicants to fill these positions. If you have management or financial experience and would like to contribute time to the operation of the Association, please enquire about the nomination process through Mr. Balson, Thunderbird’s CRS, or through the office to me. We are also looking for volunteers to join our Programs Committee and Fitness Committee, both shape Centre programming and activities in. Ms. Nicholson will be happy to discuss roles, responsibilities and incentives with all interested patrons.
Happy Fall to all.