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2024-2025 KCCS Board of Directors

The Kerrisdale Community Centre Society (KCCS) would like you to meet the 2024-2025 board of directors! Following the February election and AGM, these new and returning directors look forward to guiding the society and the community centre at large in the year to come. Photo below: (top row, l-r) Humaira Akhtar, Miran Aziz, Mani Bala, Kathleen Bigsby, Oscar Bisnar, Dorothy Chan; (middle row, l-r) Claire Cheung, Lo Ming Lee, Wendy Ma, Kathy McKay, Seun Oyeneye, Morag Pansegrau;

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Help Save the Vancouver Park Board

Dear Community Centre Patrons: You may be aware that Vancouver City Council, by a vote of 8-3 on December 13, 2023, passed a resolution to eliminate the seven elected Vancouver Park Board Commissioners, and to ask the provincial government to pass legislation to transfer the Park Board responsibilities to a City department under the direct control of City Council. The elected Park Board has existed for more than 130 years. The Commissioners are elected by

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Enter the Exercise Room

While fitness and exercise have always had a place at the Kerrisdale Community Centre, it wasn’t until January 1995 that the Exercise Room officially opened. Popular ever since, the facility now sees around 5,000 visits monthly while continuing to welcome patrons of varying ages and fitness levels. “There’s a lot of variety of people,” says Barry Petkau (below, left), personal trainer and fitness attendant at the centre for almost 15 years. “I have clients who are trying

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Poolside Chatter

A neighbourhood fixture for almost seven decades, the Kerrisdale Pool continues to make a splash with patrons of all backgrounds. Recently reopened after its annual maintenance, the facility now boasts better ventilation throughout – thanks to new air handling units – and a new accessible pool lift in the shallow end. Opened as a 30.5-metre, six-lane outdoor pool in 1956, when Canadian champion swimmer Helen Stewart Hunt took the first lap (below, left), it would eventually be converted into an

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Have you heard about our Youth Committee?

When it comes to inspiring, empowering and motivating youth, the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society (KCCS) has come a long way. Launched in 2013, the KCCS Youth Committee began exploring ways to encourage 14-19-year-olds to become more involved in the community. At the time, youth could volunteer at centre-organized events and connect with peers in the Youth Games Room and pool. Revitalized in 2015 and fine-tuned since, the committee today oversees a wide range of events, activities and programs that

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Arena of Ages

If these rafters could talk. After all, the Kerrisdale Arena is where Bill Haley and His Comets made local history playing Vancouver’s first rock concert in 1956 (below); where Frank Zappa offered “$10 to any hippie who’ll cut his hair right here on stage tonight” during a Mothers of Invention show in 1968; and where a raucous Motörhead gig in 1982 ultimately brought the venue’s concert days to a close. Opened in 1949 under the sponsorship of the

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Kerridale Community Society AGM-Feb 20

Join the members of your community at our 76th Annual General Meeting Kerrisdale Community Centre Society AGM Wednesday February 20, 7:30pm •    Meet other community members •    Review 2017-18 KCCS Financial Statements •    President’s Annual Report •    Approve proposed changes to the Society’s bylaws* •    Ask the Board any questions •    Elect in the 2019-29 KCCS directors •    Coffee/tea and snacks will be served All participants attending the AGM must carry a current KCCS membership

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JOA Update Fall 2018

JOA Update Fall 2018 It is my pleasure to provide this report to Society members and others in the greater Kerrisdale community.  After more than seven years of very difficult discussion, consultation, and legal actions I can now report that the Society has finalized and signed the new operating agreement (the Joint Operating Agreement or JOA) with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (Park Board). The final step in this process was to negotiate

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Presidents Report to the Membership-Fall 2018

Presidents Report to the Membership-Fall 2018 It is my pleasure to provide this report to Society members and others in the greater Kerrisdale community. After more than seven years of very difficult discussion, consultation, and legal actions I can now report that the Society has finalized and signed the new operating agreement (the Joint Operating Agreement or JOA) with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (Park Board). The final step in this process was

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