KNA Executive Committee
Vice President: Ned Nolan
Ned is a proud Kirkendall-er, passionate about local issues in Hamilton including complete streets, local development and heritage preservation. After growing up in Hamilton, Ned spent years abroad, studying in the U.K, Costa Rica and Havana, Cuba. He completed law school in Ottawa, articled in Toronto and then was delighted to come back to Hamilton to put down roots in the Kirkendall neighbourhood. Ned works downtown as a lawyer, practicing in the area of employment and human rights law. He lives on Pearl Street with his wife and their dog and recently – their cat! In addition to sitting on the KNA Executive Council, Ned sits on the Board of Directors of Environment Hamilton and is a member of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.
Michele has lived in the Kirkendall neighbourhood since she moved to Hamilton from the east coast six years ago. She is a medical laboratory technologist by trade and currently works for her professional association. When she’s not at work or travelling for work, you can find her walking around the ‘hood or spending time with her cat and turtle.
Member at Large: Norm Newberry
Norm Newbery is a retired Anglican Minister. He is passionate about maintaining and improving the quality of life for all of the residents of Hamilton. Norm loves living in Kirkendall, and he wants to see it improved – with better and safer streets and sidewalks; more small local shops and more activities for people of all ages. Norm is a co-founder of the Senior Activities in Southwest Hamilton (S.A.S.H.); a promoter of Age-Friendly Hamilton (which includes free accessibility audits of business, institutional and public space) and a member of the newly-formed, Ward One Seniors’ Planning Committee.
Member at Large: Adam Guy Adam has lived in Hamilton for the last 3 years native to Sudbury, transplanted to Toronto for many years, his roots are now planted firmly in Kirkendall as a new homeowner. He is a traveler, cyclist, hiker and frequenter of Locke St. shops and restaurants and regularly engages in the spoils that the neighbourhood and region have to offer. He adheres to a philosophy of “complete streets” and community engagement, but is still learning how to put such ideas into practice. By trade, he is a management consultant in KPMG’s advisory practice and works primarily with government organizations – most often in the improvement of healthcare service delivery. He is passionate about helping organizations reorient themselves towards the customer, patient, client or citizen and his experience transcends every major part of transformation project – from strategic planning to implementation. He is very excited about the current and future promise of the community and hopes to get to better know his neighbours by being of service to the association.
Member at Large: Carolyn Ralph
Carolyn was born and raised in the Kirkendall neighborhood. After a short time in Strathcona where she was a part of the Strathcona neighborhood association, she moved with her family back to the hood and joined the KNA team last year. As a student at the school of social work at McMaster University, she is hoping to build community and create a sense of development and connection in her neighborhood. Carolyn is also interested in studying alternative/complimentary healing and music/art therapy. A homeschooling mother of two awesome people and a Celtic musician, you might find her with her little ones on Locke Street or playing her flute on the escarpment trails.
Member at Large: Alexander White
Alexander and his wife moved to Bold St. in 2013, arriving from Italy via Toronto. They love living in Kirkendall – particularly the community and cultural events, walk/bike-ability, great trails and lake access – and work in many ways to contribute to the bright future of the neighbourhood, city and region. Alexander is a Civil and Environmental Engineer, Chief of Planning and Development for a railway in Toronto and studies infrastructure development and operations through his ongoing doctoral research.
Member at Large: Doug Rumley
Doug has lived in the Kirkendall area for 15 years, residing on Charlton Avenue West. He is retired. Doug has a background in management and community service, and this is his first year on the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association. He is currently fulfilling the role of ‘Member at Large’.
Mark has been a member of the Kirkendall community since moving his family in 2012. Mark works at McMaster Innovation Park and walks to work on a regular basis. Focusing on community development, Mark is a member of the KNA Development Review Committee and Chairs the Planning Commitee developing Kirkendall’s strategic neighbourhood plan. Mark and his family are avid walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy the area for the ability to walk on the Chedoke and Bruce trails, as well as the quick walk to downtown, and Locke St. amenities.
Member at Large: Devon Krymyza