2007 Elections

The 2007 elections are underway, and to assist members in their selection the following short biographies are available.

PRESIDENT-ELECT nominees (in alphabetical order) (One is chosen)

1. Guy Bourbonnière

2. Peter Patafie

Guy Bourbonnière Guy is the Director of Canadian Government and Institutional markets for Trane. He has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa since 1996. He has chaired the New members committee, and the Air Cadet committee, and has been a member of the Circle K, Hands On, Youth and Community Services, Strategic Planning, and Key Club committees over the years. He remains a member of the Key Club committee and has been attending most of the weekly Tuesday meetings of the Sir Robert Borden High School Key Club over the last 6 years. He is very involved in helping those students in their community projects, volunteer hours, and fundraising.

Guy has been a board of director over the last few years, and has been a club VP during the present year. He was recently awarded with his 10 year perfect attendance pin. His goal is to help lead the board to invigorate the membership by focusing on one high impact community service project, while still maintaining our strong support for our youth programs. He believes that if we were to rally together on this one high impact community service project, we would be helping the membership, the board, and the community, better understand our identity through this project. Once this project is understood and embraced by both the board and the membership, we can then act in unison to make real impact in our community.

Guy believes this effect will enable better membership retention, member recruitment, easier fundraising, and make the Kiwanis experience much more fun and fulfilling for all of us. Guy is committed to continuing his hard work for the club in whatever role the electorate chooses.

Peter Patafie

I joined Kiwanis in February 1983 at the recommendation of my employer Vic Jones. At the time, I agreed because I wanted to give back to the community. One of the first Committees I became involved with was the Seniors Committee under the guidance of Norm Torontow. I volunteer for the Seniors’ Christmas Dinner and have not missed one in 25 years. I was also involved with the Duck Race and was Coach Quacky for 10 years. The club nominated me to represent them at the Children’s Miracle Network in Florida. I was given that honor and spent 4 days in Florida with the Children’s Miracle Network.

In my years as a Kiwanian I have been on the following committees: Ways and Means, Seniors Committee, Benefit Dinner, Circle K, Interclub, Sports and Social, Membership Committee, Charity Golf Tournament and Camp Smitty.

At the present I am on the Board of Directors and I am a Vice-President of Kiwanis. My ambition is to increase the club membership and also to have fun as a member of Kiwanis. I think we can attain this by having the Kiwanis name attached to a big community activity that involves our volunteers, that benefits the community, and makes us proud of who we are and what we stand for.

Peter Patafie

VICE-PRESIDENT NOMINEES (in alphabetical order) (Two are chosen)

1. Guy Bourbonnière

2. Harold Feder

3. Doug Wilson

Guy Bourbonnière

Guy is the Director of Canadian Government and Institutional markets for Trane. He has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa since 1996. He has chaired the New members committee, and the Air Cadet committee, and has been a member of the Circle K, Hands On, Youth and Community Services, Strategic Planning, and Key Club committees over the years. He remains a member of the Key Club committee and has been attending most of the weekly Tuesday meetings of the Sir Robert Borden High School Key Club over the last 6 years. He is very involved in helping those students in their community projects, volunteer hours, and fundraising.

Guy has been a board of director over the last few years, and has been a club VP during the present year. He was recently awarded with his 10 year perfect attendance pin. His goal is to help lead the board to invigorate the membership by focusing on one high impact community service project, while still maintaining our strong support for our youth programs. He believes that if we were to rally together on this one high impact community service project, we would be helping the membership, the board, and the community, better understand our identity through this project. Once this project is understood and embraced by both the board and the membership, we can then act in unison to make real impact in our community.

Guy believes this effect will enable better membership retention, member recruitment, easier fundraising, and make the Kiwanis experience much more fun and fulfilling for all of us. Guy is committed to continuing his hard work for the club in whatever role the electorate chooses.

Harold Feder

I have been a member of this great Club since 1996 and served on the Board of Directors since 2002. I have seen many different Presidents with varying leadership styles face the challenges that have been presented in our membership and fundraising. In order for this club to succeed our leaders have to lead. The President, Executive, Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs are all leaders of this Club. With so many leaders, the Strategic Plan for the Club becomes vitally important to ensure that we are all moving in the same direction.

The Strategic Plan helps us to focus on the programs we do well: Read-a-thon, Sponsored Youth, and the Golf Tournament to name a few, and it helps us to identify new opportunities. I have seen the Strategic Plan in action at the Committee level and it works. We need to stick to it and then celebrate our successes. I often hear members asking about what we have to do to succeed. If you take a moment to read the Strategic Plan, it’s already there. The challenge is for the club leadership to buy in and lead those around us to do the same.

Doug Wilson

Dear Fellow Kiwanians, Thank you so much for including me amongst your nominees for one of the Club’s Vice-President positions for 2007 – 2008. Over the past five years in Kiwanis, which have gone by in a blur, it has been my privilege to serve 3 terms on the Board of Directors, chair 5 separate committees and, to participate as an active member on 5 others. This broad exposure to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and to so many tremendous and tireless Kiwanians continues to motivate and energize me. My personal goals, while preserving and cherishing our past, are to explore new and creative ideas and processes which will allow the Club to flourish, despite the present challenging environment brought about by a world of professional fundraisers and foundations each supporting their own worthwhile causes; and, to return to a greater focus on keeping Kiwanis more ‘hands on’ and thus more exciting and fun for both new and long time Kiwanians.

It is most important that out great Club and its huge contributions to the Ottawa Region over the past 90 years are not only remembered but are also enhanced over the next 90 years as collectively we all strive to “changing the world, one child and one community at a time.”

Yours in Kiwanis, Doug Wilson