On Thursday, May 30th, more than 50 people met in the
Rocket Room in downtown St. John's to elect a new board of
directors for Happy City, launch our "My Happy City Is" engagement
campaign, and workshop some ideas for what promises to be a busy
year for Happy City.
Our new board has 8 members. They are:
Hedi Hother-Yishay -
Hedi is nursing student at MUN who has led many grassroots
initiatives, including a research project assessing the health of
children in urban environments and is interested in the effects
that the built environment can have on our
Danielle LeBlanc - Danielle is a
student at MUN in Communication Studies and Public Administration.
Heavily involved in youth engagement, Danielle recently served as
the provincial coordinator for Franco-Jeunes de Terre-Neuve et du
Elizabeth Oliver - Elizabeth is the
vice-chair of the board of the Georgetown Neighbourhood
association, one of St. John's most active neighbourhood
Kathleen Parewick - A returning
director, Kathleen is a community development worker with
twenty-plus years of St. John's-based volunteering under her belt.
By day, she is a researcher and project manager based at Memorial
Dana Parsons - Dana's background is
in sports and athletics, dance, marketing and development. She's
also a volunteer. She has worked for MUN, City of St. Johns, and
currently for the Bennett Group.
Robyn Rechenmacher - Robyn is an Urban
and Regional Planner with Tract Consulting and recently directed
"CurioCity 2013", Saskatoon's first Urban Idea Symposium. Her
interests are focused on facilitating community building and public
Robert Ring - Robert is currently
writing his Master's thesis in Political Science at Memorial
University about democracy and the electoral system. He is from St.
John's but has lived in and spent time in many other
Josh Smee - Another returning member,
Josh Smee served as Vice-Chair and then as Interim Chair of Happy
City's Board. Josh works for the Community Sector Council NL and is
also the chair of the board of the St. John's Farmer's Market
The new board will be sitting down for its first meeting
soon. In the meantime, remember that board membership is not the
only way to get involved with Happy City. We welcome volunteers who
want to take on specific tasks, as well as those interested in
providing advice and guidance - drop us a line anytime!