A Look into the Association
The Association’s 37th Annual General Meeting was held on March 28. At that meeting the membership elected the directors for the 2014-2015 Board. Then on April 2 the directors came together to elect the officers and committee chairs. The following is your Board of Directors for 2014-2015: Dennis Hamilton (president), Sam Kalb (vice president and chair of the Governance Committee), Marian Burdsall (secretary), Marie Farnady (treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee) and directors Mary Lou Boudreau, David Crane, Greg Finlayson, Alicia Gordon, Roger Tétreault, and John Wesson. Mike Bowen moves to past president. There are a number of issues awaiting the new Board to tackle in the upcoming year and they are keen to get going.
Parking is one of those issues. There is no question that parking is a major concern for The Centre. It became a very serious issue this past winter when cars parked, both legally and illegally, on the street, blocked the bus and emergency vehicles trying to get to The Centre. To try and ease the problem we have:
• discussed the matter with the City, but the land around The Centre is zoned parkland and the City and some of our neighbours are unwilling to change that.
• worked with Kingston Transit to make travel by bus more convenient. The bus now travels both directions on Francis Street and routes have been reworked to be more direct and less confusing. We have had one bus shelter installed and are working on the second. You can even buy transit tickets here at The Centre.
• continually reviewed and revised the schedules to ensure programs and events with large numbers of participants are not occuring at The Centre at the same time.
• established and are establishing more offsite locations for programs.
• encouraged carpooling. What a great way to get to know your fellow members and neighbours!
But in the meantime, please be patient and considerate of your fellow members and our neighbours and perhaps try using transit or carpooling!
Diane Luck, Executive Director