She’s a lover of photography. She has served at the Ronald McDonald House. She’s a big supporter of The Eliminate Project. And as a member of Circle K, she has developed her potential as a service leader. With all that going for her, Kathy Le was inspired to use her knowledge and passion to help lead the organization. At the 2014 CKIx, Kathy was elected the 2014–15 Circle K International president. We are thankful for the chance to connect with Kathy and learn more about her service to the organization.
Q: Why did you want to be involved with Circle K at the international level?
A: My motivation truly comes from the passion of our thousands of dedicated members. I cannot emphasize how much I am inspired to work harder every single day because of the amazing service and leadership that our members, clubs and districts portray to better our communities. My hopes in serving at the international level came from being able to give back to the organization that made me the servant leader I am today. I have always enjoyed service, but through CKI I have learned to be passionate in helping others, critical of our everyday experiences, and thankful for being a part of an international family.
Q: What life skill has proven to be the most useful as CKI president?
A: I believe my ability to work well on little sleep has been of most benefit to me. Just kidding. I think my ability to adapt to different situations and responsibilities has served me well. It is really important when working with other people to understand their situations and perspectives and to take these into account when guiding my own thoughts and actions. Throughout my term thus far, many ideas have been brought up that have led me to change things to better fit my schedule and to make time where I may not have originally had it. I have learned that not everything goes as planned, but this sometimes works out for the better.
Q: What do you suggest for keeping CKI alumni engaged?
A: I think that our alumni truly deserve recognition for the commitment they’ve made to our organization. I encourage districts and clubs to collect alumni information so we can stay in contact with them and host alumni-specific events alongside CKI and other Kiwanis-family events.
Q: What are your favorite activities outside of school and CKI?
A: After having joined CKI five years ago, I can barely remember a time when I was without school and CKI. Some of my favourite things to do are to spend time playing board games with friends, visiting family at one of my many family functions and adventuring around the city of Edmonton. I personally just enjoy relaxing because it helps me balance my many academic and volunteer responsibilities. Photography is also a hobby of mine, but I still need to perfect my skills.
Q: What is it that you know now that you wish you knew before being president?
A: I wish I knew how quickly time would pass so that I would not have been caught off guard with how close I am to the end of my term. Convention marks the end of my year as president. Iit also marks my final moments in Circle K, and this realization has me thinking about what it is that I have really accomplished. Looking back, I am really proud of everything that the board, our districts, our clubs, our members and our organization have done.
Q: What is your major at the University of Alberta, and why did you choose it?
A: Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science with a specialization in Psychology as well as a Certificate in Community-Service Learning. During my fourth year of study, I was hired as a psychology intern at a correctional facility, with the opportunity to work closely with all offenders, especially those in the assessment and treatment unit. It was through this position that I truly realized my passion for the field of counselling. Everyone has potential, and I am so excited that my field of study allows me to help others reach theirs.
Q: How long have you been a member of the Kiwanis family?
A: I joined when I started my undergraduate studies in 2010 at the University of Alberta. Unfortunately a Key Club did not exist at my high school, as there is only one in Edmonton, but I have truly been blessed with having found Circle K. I am now nearing the end of my fifth year in Circle K and hope to continue on into Kiwanis, depending on where life takes me.
Q: What does the Kiwanis family mean to you? A: Being in Kiwanis means having another international family and support system unlike any other I’ve ever had. I hold this organization dear to my heart. I can honestly say: once a Kiwanian, always a Kiwanian.