2017-18 Deputy Governors
Ashley Dempster, Kinette Club of St.Anthony
My name is Ashley Dempster, and I am a member of the Kinette Club of St. Anthony and Area. I am originally from a small outport town called Flowers Cove on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, but have been living and working in St. Anthony for the past 4.5 years. I am currently employed as a Computer Support Specialist with Labrador-Grenfell Health, and have been a member of this incredible organization of Kin Canada since 2013.
While I have always strived to help others, it wasn’t until I joined the Kin family that I began to realize just how important volunteerism and community is. My love for volunteering my time and helping others came at an early age through my parents. While they were not active members of community volunteer groups, they gave their time generously. From my Mom preparing meals for those in the community who were mourning the loss of a loved one or helping to prepare food for wedding receptions, to my Dad helping a buddy out with shingles or siding on a house, they did and still do practice the art of caring. As I got older, I began to grow a fondness to lending a helping hand as well. Volunteering is a work of heart, and I am so proud and humbled by what we do as one big association of Kin.
My first District Convention in June 2017 was a real eye opener for me. There are times now when I can sit back and think back to it and still get goosebumps. It’s an amazing feeling when you can walk into a room full of strangers, but yet feel so connected to them because of the purpose that we all serve.
I have served on our club executive for four years, with two terms as Secretary, one term as Vice-President , and my most recent term being President. I am very much looking forward to serving in my new role as Zone E Kinette Deputy Governor for the upcoming 2017/18 year. Being one of the younger members of my club at 26 years old, I would like to extend a thank you to those Kinette clubs in my zone for instilling your trust in me to help guide the way as we approach the upcoming year.
Here’s to another great year for D7!
Brian Leslie, Kinsmen Club of Corner Brook
Brian was born and raised in Corner Brook, NL and is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is beginng his 16th year as a French teacher at Pasadena Elementary.
As a Life Member and a member of the Kinsmen Club of Corner Brook for seventeen years, he has twice held the office of Club President, as well as every executive position except treasurer. He has chaired or co-chaired numerous club projects and has been awarded the Kinsmen of the Year Award and the Founder’s Award For Achievement. Brian is also a GEM award winner and has been recognized by the National Charter & Expansion Committee in their “Reach For The Stars” campaign.
As a seven time Deputy Governor for Zone E (seven for seven), Brian has been very active in the association having attended seventeen National Conventions, thirteen District Conventions, ten FLC’s, and fifteen Spring Zone events. He is an active member of Kin and is presently serving his second year as a Director on the Kin Canada Foundation and current Chair of the Hal Rogers Fellow committee.