Kirk is armed with 17 years of non-profit experience; he completed his Masters Degree in Social Work in 2009 and has worked as a supportive independent living worker and as a counsellor. He has also had extensive involvement in community development, anti-poverty and collaborative intersectoral social change initiatives. Kirk oversees our Social Enterprise Division, Family Services Employee Assistance (FSEAP) program, strategic initiatives, and is a valued operational support to our CEO.
“I came to FSR in October of 2006 to work as a counselor and held that role until 2012 when the Director of Operations & Business Development role was created and included things I was passionate about.” said Kirk.
When he’s not juggling multiple tasks, you can find Kirk spending quality time with his wife and son Zachary, cooking delicious food and posting his recipes to his blog. Learn more about Kirk in our Staff Spotlight.
- What would you say are your 3 major strengths? How have these strengths helped you in this position?
My job is very diverse and I have to juggle lots. I think one of my strengths is that I become bored very easily and need lots on the go all the time to stay interested! My training is in social work, and since I oversee a social enterprise I have had to learn lots about business. This has been lots of fun and so a love of learning must be a strength as well.
- What do you enjoy the most about working with FSR?
My favorite part about working with FSR is the creative opportunity to be involved in developing new programs and initiatives. I am especially interested in the role Social Enterprise has in developing independent revenue to invest in social programs we are passionate about. I love that our organization is not bureaucratic and we get to have quite a lot of influence over what we do and who we want to be as an organization. I also like that we have a positive culture and look to possibilities and strengths.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I am most proud of my son Zachary who is three. My wife and I waited a long time for the stork to arrive and had started adoption planning. Zachary arrived suddenly into our lives 9 weeks early and 2lbs 13 ounces. He is amazing and doing well and is an example every day of how resilient and eager to thrive children are.
- What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Cooking and eating well are passions of mine. My favorite meals start with a wander around my garden, which I have created by digging up quite a lot of my front lawn. I love to watch the seedlings grow and turn produce into creative meals. I love cooking and talking about food so much that I started an online food blog called Eatable: A Journal of Simple Cooking. It can be found at www.eatablejournal.com.
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