For those who already know Kristin, you know she is adventurous, passionate, and a lover of life. She is that person who will greet you with a BIG smile and a genuine hug (even if it has gotten her into trouble now and then).
It is also a big part of why Kristin was one of the first to come to mind when we were considering who within our membership embodied “citizenship”.
The list of organizations Kristin has embraced include…
- Past President of The Rotary Club of Belleville
- CoChair of Easter Seals Camp Merrywood sweat equity project…annual Spring clean up and preparation for campers arrival
- Belleville General Hospital Foundation…ongoing support with time and donations for many years
- Loyalist College Foundation
- United Way Cabinet Member
- Canadian Cancer Society Volunteer and Fundraiser
- Honorary Chair – Sleep Out So Others Can Sleep In
- Honorary Co-Chair – Operation Red Nose
- Pedal For Hope
- International Women’s Day
- Supporting numerous galas and golf tournaments raising funds for various local charities
When asked what motivates her to be so involved, Kristin’s response follows…
Everyone has a story! I have a passion for listening, understanding and learning more about YOUR story. At home in our community or abroad when traveling, I am curious and gain much of my inspiration from others.
I LOVE CONNECTING people and watching those relationships thrive! Connecting people who can help one another, whether it be through business or personal relationships, encouraging and helping to create those situations where everybody wins really motivates me.
In my day to day life, I have learned SO MUCH about people, their struggles, their victories, how they have faced and overcome adversity and how we are really all in this together. Kindness is contagious! I’m inspired by one human being kind to another.
I have many stories about my own personal experiences with kindness and human connection. Below are a few that really speak to me….
Accepting the role of Honorary Chair for ‘Sleep Out So Others Can Sleep In’, Jan. 2016 was such a humbling experience. I was embarrassed to be honest as I knew SO little about mental health, homelessness and just how many people right here in our community are affected. Sleeping in a cardboard box, on the pavement behind Market Square in January was a night I will never forget.
My ride in Pedal For Hope, hearing stories of children fighting for their life, visiting elementary schools and feeling the energy in gymnasiums full of young children as they raise funds to help their friends…SO emotional! I recall much laughter and many tears that day. I was so honored to be part of such a powerful event!
Having lunch alongside children with some very serious physical disabilities at Easter Seals Camp Merrywood makes the annual sweat equity project I have Co Chaired for 9 years SO worth it! For these children to experience summer camp and the respite it also provides for their families…priceless!
I have wonderful memorable stories around all of the opportunities I have been given to serve. I see each and every one of them as a gift.
Honestly, I am still finding it hard to believe that I have been chosen for this recognition. There are SO MANY incredibly giving people in our community!
Kristin’s father, Glynn Reynolds, started in business as an electrician in the early ‘60s. Now celebrating over 40 years in business in a newly renovated and expanded space on Adam Street, Alarm Systems & Falcon Security is a second generation family owned & operated business; one of the largest privately owned security solution providers in south eastern Ontario.