The new Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network – a community building initiative of the local United Way and other nonprofit sector partners – is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Broadbent as its Project Co-Ordinator.   

Kim’s family moved to Chatham-Kent in 1996. Growing up, she was raised in a family that believed, and took part, in community volunteering.  After graduating from Ursuline College “The Pines”, Kim attended Wilfrid Laurier University where she participated in various charity fundraisers, as well as volunteering for tutoring and reading programs for children in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a minor in Religion and Culture.  She then moved to Thunder Bay where she received her Bachelor of Education in History at Lakehead University.  While there, Kim continued to be a part of the community by being a Sparks Leader for the local Girl Guides. After she and her husband completed their schooling in Thunder Bay, they made the decision to “come baCK” to Chatham-Kent. 

Returning to Chatham-Kent, Kim felt the need to engage in community and promote all that it has to offer. She began a new hobby of travelling all the trails in Chatham-Kent – taking her two young sons along and blogging about their adventures. Kim’s on-line stories were eventually discovered by a local citizen who approached her in February to help organize a new group called WalkCK. 

As a volunteer with WalkCK, Kim gained a new perspective on the inner workings of a nonprofit and a genuine appreciation for those who give of their time and talent to serve in the nonprofit sector.  Speaking of her experiences with WalkCK, Kim noted “Through my involvement with WalkCK, I have seen the hard work, dedication, and challenges faced by nonprofit organizations and I have been lucky enough to witness the passion such engagement brings out in people.  I have enjoyed the thrill of sharing experiences and new adventures in the building of a better community.” 

With the support of a five year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Kim looks forward to working with other staff members at “The 425” United Way’s Centre for Community Innovation as Project Co-Ordinator for the new Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network.  In this role, she will work with the hundreds of local nonprofits throughout Chatham-Kent to strengthen the capacity of the sector and to demonstrate the vital role it plays in economic development.  Kim enters this position with enthusiasm and dedication.  “The nonprofit sector contributes so much to the quality of life of Chatham-Kent residents.  It is time to give them a voice – a voice to speak of their needs and a platform to showcase, recognize, and celebrate the role of the sector.  I am delighted to play a part – with the United Way and its numerous community partners – in the building of a healthy, sustainable, and effective nonprofit sector in Chatham-Kent”, said Broadbent. 

For further information, please contact Kim Broadbent at CKNN@uwock.ca or call 519-354-0430.