Linking, Listening and Learning

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A message from Lynne Short
Vice President, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation

At the time of this KWCF Update, I have been in my new role with the KWCF for two weeks, and many people have reached out to me. Conversations have followed a similar thread, so I thought it would be useful to provide answers to the two most commonly asked questions.

Question One - What made you decide to join The KWCF team?
My roots with The KWCF go back over 15 years as a Committee Member, Committee Chair and a member of the Board. I have seen first hand the impact that donors, in partnership with The KWCF through organizations they grant to, make in our community. The KWCF has a strong history in this community, and through the leadership of an innovative board and CEO, is embarking on a new and exciting chapter that quite honestly I wanted to play a part in.

I sat down for coffee with Elizabeth Heald before I applied for the position, and asked her "if I had to explain my role in one sentence to anyone in the community, what would I say?" With no hesitation, she told me that I would be accountable for "helping individuals and organizations in the community who wanted to do good, do better."  Who could say no to that opportunity?

Which leads to Question Two -  What have you been doing in the role?
I have been following the three "L's". Over the past few weeks, and for the next few months, I will be concentrating on Linking, Listening and Learning. One of the advantages of joining The KWCF, is that the organization is connected throughout the community to many of the projects, issues and programs that matter to residents. So, I am linking to individuals throughout the community and spending time actively listening and learning.  I have been charged with getting up to speed and action fast - so it will be important to focus on the high priorities that support the board's strategic plan.  At the same time, The KWCF team already has lots on the go that I am excited about developing further and rolling out to our donors and partners.

Thank you to those who have already shared their knowledge and ideas, and a thank you in advance to those who I will meet in the coming weeks and months.

I am looking forward to the chance to work together to do more good.  

- Lynne

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