On Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, the Board of Directors at Kingston Native Centre and Language Nest (KNCLN) announced that they have started the search for a new Executive Director for the Friendship Centre.
“Constance Carrière-Prill has been our Executive Director since February 2022, coming to our organization at a time when we were moving from the grassroots to establishing our physical operations at 610 Montreal as the Kingston Indigenous Language Nest,” the board said, highlighting the amazing work she has done over the past two years.
“While she originally committed to six months with us because she was about to head into full-time graduate studies, Constance fell in love with our work and found a way to stay in her role as she also navigated her first year and a half in law school. During this time, Constance has led our organization through rapid expansion and our ratification as a new Friendship Centre under the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, helping us respond to the pressing need for increased Indigenous programs and services in our area,” the board continued.
According to a statement from KNCLN, under Carrière-Prill’s leadership, the organization has grown its board and staff, brought in employee benefits, developed a strategic plan, developed and implemented programs for children and youth, brought in an Indigenous Languages mentorship program, secured funding to expand its Indigenous languages capacity, expanded into the Alternative Secondary School Program, partnered in Indigenous-led community research, established the Gibanemindimin community sharing space, developed and expanded its Indigenous community gardens, provided critical culturally competent programs serving high-risk families and those living in housing precarity, launched the Intergenerational Strength and Resiliency program, established drop-in groups and programming, launched the Indigenous Youth Mountain Biking program, organized large-scale community events, and developed a pilot project focused on intergenerational child development.
“We have built new relationships, and strengthened existing ones, with our fellow community members, organizations, funding partners and all levels of government,” the board noted.
In the statement, the board shared that Carrière-Prill is passionate about the vision for KNCLN to grow into a full-service Indigenous programming Centre as the next phase of its growth into “new and exciting spaces.”
“While we are sad that Constance is leaving us as ED, we are thrilled that she has agreed to stay on as our new Director of Strategic Development, a role that will allow her to focus support on KNCLN’s involvement in several major community projects, while also establishing and leading our Building and Fundraising Committee and the development of an Indigenous Legal Services program,” the board expressed.
“As we begin the search for our new Executive Director, we would like to say a big Chi Miigwech to Constance for the time, energy and care she has poured into her work over the past two years. We are happy that as she moves to her new role on May 1, 2024, we will still be able to count her as part of the KNCLN family.”
Learn more about KNCLN on the organization’s website.