A few months ago Kin Canada set out to find our next National Service Director. We knew that this person would be very instrumental in preparing Kin Canada for a second century of “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need”. We were fortunate to a have a number of applications for this role verifying that leadership at the National level is both rewarding, exciting and filled with opportunity.
Kin Canada’s Motto remains the cornerstone of our identity and Association-wide engagement will be needed to ensure we remain Canada’s first choice service organization. Continuing from where previous National Service Directors left off and bridging the future for many more to come will require a transformational leader. “This leader must be fueled by passion, armed with a vision and able to inspire and take this Association above and beyond our Mission”.
I am pleased to announce that Penny Lees-Smith has been appointed to the role of National Service Director for Kin Canada and will be transitioning into the role this coming summer. This appointment is for two years.
Born and raised in Alberta, Penny joined Kin Canada in 1993. She has been a member of the Edson Kinettes, Fort McMurray Kinettes and is currently with the Kin Club of Drayton Valley. Penny’s experience in the Association is extensive including several terms as Deputy Governor, Governor, National Director and National President. She has served on the National Awards Committee including a term as Chair and most recently she has been the Kin Canada/Canadian Blood Services Chair.
Penny has been awarded the Maple Leaf and Outstanding Maple Leaf Award as well as the District and National Outstanding Deputy Governor Award. She got off to a great start in the association by earning the Rookie of the Year Award and continued to live up to this by earning the Outstanding Kinette Award.
Penny is married to Kin husband Brian Smith and is Mother to sons Tyler, Brian and William. She is also a proud Grandma to Kayl, Madison, Ryder and Hailey. Professionally Penny is a Commercial Insurance Agent for Drayton Valley Insurance Agency and in has served as a Secretary/Volunteer Coordinator for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 269.
Thank you to all who participated in the selection process and Penny for accepting this role. Yours in Kin,