2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEE BIOS – DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS

Applicant 1/2 – Lonnie D. Homenuk

How long have you been a member?

3-5 Years

Why do you think you will be good in this role? Please list specific goals or objectives you want to accomplish.

I believe I meet all the requirements and experience both from my long history of being involved with the sport throughout North America, seeing how other clubs operate, as well as my general business experience in creating relationships and negotiating partnerships with various community and business related projects and organizations. My being retired from active daily work allows me to allocate a good deal of time to any activities the club may want to pursue.

What previous experience do you have related to this role?

I have fulfilled this position for the past two years specifically.

What are some of your major contributions to the club?

Establishing external relationships with a number of community based organizations including Riverdale Community Assoc., and the River Valley Alliance, negotiating our clubhouse lease renewal, providing input from the club to the City regarding the Dawson Park Plan, assisting with the purchase of new boats. I deeply feel that the position is most valuable when the relationships developed can be maintained for a good period of time, but ultimately understanding that a transition within has to take place and allowing that to occur at some point, just not yet. I feel there is more I can contribute to this effort further as the club looks to develop long term goals and strategies.

 

Applicant 2/2 – Shwan Tse

How long have you been a member?

1-2 Years

Why do you think you will be good in this role? Please list specific goals or objectives you want to accomplish.

One aspect that I think is missing from our club is the sense of heritage and cultural pride in Dragon Boat. I believe that with my established connections in the Chinese community, there are so many natural partnerships that EDBRC can develop to promote pride in heritage. More personally, I am an approachable, open-minded team player who has a good track record building healthy relationships and community here in the city. With my experience and connections I am interested to help expand the Dragon Boat culture and sport here in Alberta.

What previous experience do you have related to this role?

As a freelance media producer, educator and community advocate, I am constantly developing and maintaining diverse community and corporate projects. I have on-going projects funded by the City of Edmonton, AGLC (to name a few that EDBRC interacts with), and also partnerships with the Edmonton Public Library, Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative and many Chinatown organizations. I am currently on the planning committee for two local community events, serve on the Heritage council jury, and often requested to do community consultation on behalf of the Chinatown and Arts Communities.

You can view some of my work in the community at shawntse.com or click here for my CV.

What are some of your major contributions to the club?

I have only helped to do clubhouse clean-up and maintenance with my team but eager to dedicate more of my time to help the club grow. I didn’t expect I would be interested in a board position so soon however my dedicated teammates like John Nham, Katherine Lee, Chris Field, Sheena have done a great job setting an ideal example of what healthy sports team culture looks like. I hope to add to their work by continuing to foster a sense of belonging through sport and letting more Edmontonions know and experience the great culture and heritage of Dragon Boat racing.

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