As a non-profit, Saskatoon Cycles relies on the generous efforts of its volunteers. One of the ways you can contribute to and help shape the direction of our work is by becoming a member of our Board of Directors. Elections for a number of Board seats will take place at our Annual General Meeting on November 14th. In the lead up to this year’s AGM, we are introducing you to a number of our current Board members. In this series of Q and A posts, they share why they are involved with Saskatoon Cycles and what they find most rewarding about being on our Board. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Board member, contact our Co-Chair, Cathy Watts (Phone: 306.664.3908 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Q: What do you do when you’re not riding your bike?
I work at the YWCA Employment and Learning Centre as an Employment Counsellor. I support and assist individuals in their job search.
Q: How long have you been on the Saskatoon Cycles Board of Directors?
Q: Besides being on the Board, what other Saskatoon Cycles activity/initiative do you volunteer your time toward?
I have done the following volunteering over the past few years: Bike Valet, the Fundraising Raffle held in Summer 2017, BikeART shows, Bike Swap in June 2019 and Bike To Work Day in Spring/Winter. I attended the Winter Cycling Congress in February 2019 in Calgary and presented about BikeART and the Velo-Canada Bikes Bike Summit in May/19 and presented about Bike Valet. Great experiences.
Q: In an average month, about how much time do you contribute to Saskatoon Cycles, between being on the Board and your other volunteer efforts?
It varies from month to month, busier in the Spring/Summer (16-24 hrs./mo.) and less busy in Fall/Winter (4-6 hrs.)
Q: What has been the highlight of your involvement with Saskatoon Cycles so far? What are you most proud of?
The highlight was the BikeART shows in 2018 and 2019, and working with other community groups (SCYAP Inc., Riverside Badminton & Tennis Club, SPSD’s Let’s Lead Program). I was proud to represent Saskatoon Cycles and Saskatoon at the Winter Cycling Congress and Velo-Canada Bikes
Q: Why are you involved with Saskatoon Cycles? What do you get from being involved?
I got involved with Saskatoon Cycles, because I appreciated the work that the organization is doing to promote cycling in the city.
Q: What would you say to someone considering becoming a board member?
I would encourage individuals to join the board who want to have fun and do something positive, be part of a grassroots organization, and to help foster change at a local level.