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National Board of Directors 2017-18


Welcome to the National Board of Director's (NBOD) area. Here you can review the latest Board work through meeting minutes, as well as learn about each Director - the city they live in, their various roles and achievements in Kin, personal facts, among other information that gives you an insight into who helps guide and make important decisions for the Association as a whole.

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National Director Candidate Videos

See the list of 2018 National Director Candidates and watch their video campaigns.

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Terri MacCannell, National President

  • Joined Kin in 1991 with the Spirit River Kinettes
  • Served in all capacities within the club
  • District 4 Governor - Winner of the Decew Phee Outstanding District Award 2009-10
  • Life Member since 2006
  • Kinette of the year (twice)
  • Current member of the Stampede City Kinettes
  • Married to Rob (Governor and Stampede City Kinsmen)
  • Daughter Daelyn (Stampede City Kinette), son-in-law Shaun, daughter Morgan and stepson Christopher



Erin Thomson, National Vice-President

  • Kin Kid from an extended Kin Family in Northern Ontario
  • Joined Kinette Club of Timmins 2001
  • Proudly served as Club Secretary, Club Vice-President, Club CF & Service Director, Club Membership Director
  • Maple Leaf Award of Distinction, GEM Award
  • Zone CF & Service Rep 2006-2007
  • Deputy Governor 2007-2008, 2012-2013
  • Vice Governor 2013-2014
  • District Convention Chair 2014
  • District CF & Service Director 2011-2012, 2014-2015
  • Governor 2014-2015
  • Community Chiropractor and Post-Secondary Educator
  • Team Doctor and Trainer for Iroquois Falls Eskis JR 'A'  Hockey Club
  • Serves on Board of Directors of Anti-Hunger Coalition Timmins
  • Honoured to be married to Pete Henry, former Timmins Kinsmen, Best Friend and Partner in Crime

James Doerr, Past National President

  • Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Currently resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Has been an active member of the Thunder Bay Hill City Kinsmen since 1992
  • Served as Club President in 1995-96 and 2005-06
  • Winner of the Maple Leaf Award
  • Outstanding Maple Leaf Award
  • Ritchie Senior National Bulletin Award
  • District 2 Keith Large Outstanding Kinsmen Deputy Governor Award 2007-08
  • Became a Life Member in June 2014
  • Has served in most capacities within the club and has held numberous positions at the zone, district and national level
  • Owns and operates Sign Design Inc.
  • Is committed and active in other organizations and roles within the Thunder Bay community


Darrell Cooper

  • Joined the Kinsmen Club of Chatham in 1982
  • Held a couple of club offices, including one term on zone executive, before moving to Mississauga and joining the Kinsmen Club of Meadowvale where he won the Outstanding Maple Leaf award
  • Held more offices and won the Master Kin award before joining the Kinsmen Club of Greater London in the late 80’s
  • Have held all club offices, Deputy Governor, District 1 Governor, and served on the National Board of Directors twice

Lesley Hanishewsky, National Director

  • Joined the Kinette Club of Yorkton when re-chartered in 2007
  • Served all roles in club except Secretary
  • Distrist Co-ordinator 2007-2008
  • Service Director 2008-2009
  • Telemiracle Foundation Board Rep 2010-2013
  • Married to PNP Ron Hanishewsky (Kinsmen Club of Yorkton) with 3 children - Marley, Kaeden and Alexandria
  • Works at Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) as a Personal Injury Rep

Brenda Dineen, National Director

  • Joined the Association as a Founding Member of the Palmerston & District Kinettes in May 1985
  • Has held all executive positions at the club level including President 7 times
  • Has held many Zone-level positions, including Kinette Coordinator (1988-89), Deputy Governor (2001-02, 2007-08 and 2008-09), Zone Cystic Fibrosis/ Service Representative (1988-89 and 2001-02)
  • District 1 Service Director (1997-98, 2006-07 and 2010-11)
  • Kin-Cystic Fibrosis Liaison Chair, had the opportunity to visit each district across the Association either at an FLC or Spring Convention (2011-13 term). Gave insight into the uniqueness of the Association as everyone works together for many causes but with the same commitment.
  • Attended numerous Zone, District, and National Conventions, as well as Cystic Fibrosis Canada AGM's. Continue to value the friendships made at every one of these events.
  • “I expect that my term on our National Board will give me better sense of the whole and add to the memories of my Kin family.”

 Amanda Naughton-Gale

  • Member of the Neepawa Kin Club for the last 13 years
  • Has held every position at the club level
  • Past president of the Chamber of Commerce,  current President of teh local Arts Council
  • Community Services Representative for the Neepawa Salvation Army Extension Unit. Manages and operates the Thrift Store as well as the Family Services, the Food Bank and Christmas Hamper programs, and manages the Volunteer Program.
  • Deputy Governor three times, Vice-Governor and then Governor in 2015/2016
  • Received the Decew-Phee Outstanding District Award in 2016
  • "I am passionate about helping facilitate change that positively impact people collectively and personally"

LeAnne Christiansen 

  • Joined in May 2000
  • Life Member/Fort Edmonton Kin Club
  • Served in many capacities on Club Executive (club President 2 times)
  • Member of the National Awards & Recognition Committee from 2013 (Chair 2015 – 2017) 
  • D4 Kinette Governor Winner – Decew Phee Outstanding District Award (2010- 2011)
  • D4 Kin Foundation member and Chair (3 times)
  • Kinette of the Year (3 times)
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal for 38 years

 Jennifer Burry

  • 15-year veteran of Kin Canada
  • Served three different clubs at the executive level, have served terms as both District Service and Membership Director, and have been fortunate to serve on the National Club Support Committee
  • "To ensure our Association evolves and continues on the right path, we need to increase opportunities for collaboration and discussion, thus allowing us to collectively chart the course for future generations of Kin. We need to continue having strong communicators, and results oriented leaders at the helm. I believe I can bring additional energy to the team while serving as a driving force within the Board, helping to achieve our goals."

Mitch Freeman

  • Life Member of Kinsmen Club of Charlottetown
  • Has served the Kinsmen Cluf of Charlottetown for nearly 20 years and held all club executive positions
  • Has also served as Deputy Governor, Governor of District 7 as well as a previous term on the Board of Directors