On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to announce the retirement of Marie Pringle, Executive Director.
Over the past 8 years, Marie has led KWSC through many changes. The club has moved from a completely paper registration system to an online system across all our programs. The transition has streamlined our accounting systems, increased our real time reporting capacity, and eliminated long registration lines for registrants. Marie has also worked effectively with staff to realign our organizational structure to include a full-time Technical Director to better serve our membership.
Lesley Germann was club president when Marie started at KWSC in 2010. Lesley remembers, “Marie enthusiastically aligned herself with the Passion Lives Here and Skater First philosophies of the KWSC Board of Directors upon arriving at the club. She brought robust financial ideas forward in the pursuit of continued best practices of due diligence with our members fees.”
Marie is particularly proud of our SchoolSkate program and Stars on Ice STARSkate Summer Camp. After three years of SchoolSkate, more than 3000 area Grade 1 students have enjoyed the opportunity to try skating. This was made possible by partnerships with Skate Canada, the Government of Ontario, Waterloo Region School Boards, the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, local service clubs, and business. These partnerships and program could not have flourished without the steadfast committed efforts of Marie. The Stars on Ice STARSkate Camp is now a highly anticipated summer program entering its 8th year. It is effectively aligned with Skate Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development pathway as a positive and enjoyable performance opportunity.
Dr. Paul Mallet was club President from 2013-2017. He reflected, “Marie’s tireless efforts on the innovative SchoolSkate program has served to introduce skating to thousands of KW children who would otherwise have been denied an opportunity to fall in love with skating. This program now serves as a model for skating clubs across the country. I am also grateful for Marie's efforts on club finances, which saw the introduction of a zero-based budgeting approach and best practices in financial organizational management. Part of Marie's financial strategy involved renegotiating with our partners at the City of Waterloo the terms of our lease agreement for use of the Carolyn Fedy Skating Centre and the Athletic Centre. This has resulted in an agreement that permits more flexible scheduling and budgeting of our skaters' programs without compromising the needs of our community partners. These important behind-the-scenes contributions will have a lasting positive impact on the financial health and continued success of KWSC.”
Marie will join her husband, Pat, in retirement. We wish them both happiness and good health in retirement. Marie’s last day will be March 15, 2018.
Following Marie’s retirement the Board of Directors will conduct a search for an Executive Director for the organization. It is anticipated that this process will require a few months. In the interim, Rachel Kerswill, our Programs and Event Manager will assume the responsibilities of the Executive Director. Rachel started working at KWSC in January of 2017 as a Client Relations Coordinator. After 10 months, she was promoted to Programs and Event Manager. Throughout her employment she has learned quickly about both our sport and our community. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a post-graduate degree in Sport and Event Marketing from George Brown College. Rachel’s experiences prior to joining KWSC included Dragon Boat Races – Great White North Events; NFL Canada - Junior Operations for Southern Ontario university campuses; Ontario Volleyball Association Member Services Coordinator focussing on Customer Services, Events Management, Pan Am Games volunteer recruitment, and Hall of Fame. She has also volunteered her time to coach minor soccer while she was a student. We thank Rachel for taking on the increased responsibilities during our search process.
Alison Sims, President