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“Just so excited”: Flamborough Connects names new executive director
Lifelong Waterdown resident Colleen Stinson took over the post from the outgoing Amelia Steinbring Nov. 14 and said she is excited to serve the community.
“My dad was the president of the Lions Club, my mom was a teacher at Mary Hopkins school,” she said. “This community means a lot to me, and being able to give back to the community — having a really meaningful job where the work I do matters and make a difference in the lives of other people?
Stinson brings decades of experience in libraries to the role, having worked for the Town of Haldimand public library, the Town of Wainfleet public library, as well as the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board for 18 years and Mohawk College for the last year.
“I’m able to use a career of information skills and bring it to Flamborough Connects,” she said. “Putting a slightly different spin on information, but still being about providing information to Flamborough residents and making sure they have what they need.”
She said her background and skill set will allow her to help people find the exact information they are searching for in a sometimes confusing online world.
“As so much information now is accessible online, having the knowledge and the skillset to be able to search online and find information and also be able to understand exactly what people are looking for and get them the correct information that matches their question.”
She noted many people may not have access to reliable internet or if they do, may not have well-developed search skills, which can make it hard to navigate municipal, provincial or federal government websites.
Stinson added she hopes to take the organization to the next level, while continuing all the amazing programs it currently offers.
“This is already such an amazing organization — the opportunity I have to put my stamp on it and be able to take it to the next level is a great honour.”
For her part, Steinbring — who is retiring after almost seven years at the helm of the community organization — said she is really excited for Flamborough Connects and to have Stinson take on the leadership role.
“She brings fresh eyes, new ideas — she’s already had some new ideas,” Steinbring said. “I can’t think of a better person to take the lead.
“I’ve felt very honoured to have had this role for the last six years, and I know it’s going into really fantastic hands.”
In terms of new projects, Stinson said they are currently working to revitalize the community events page on the Flamborough Connects website, to make it a one-stop-shop for people to look for information.
“I’m hoping that people will learn that if you come back to the Flamborough Connects page every month, you’re going to see where you can find a Lions Club meeting, where you can find the food bank hours,” she said. “It’s going to be an at-a-glance calendar that will be really useful for people that will compile all that information into a single place so they don’t have to search all over.”
Overall, Stinson said she is “honoured, thrilled and excited” to be at the helm of Flamborough Connects.
“To give back to the community where I’ve spent my life — to me, this is an absolutely fabulous next step in my career,” she said. “I’m just so excited about how I can continue to add to all the momentum that’s been built for Flamborough Connects.”
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