KNCLN names Linda Gerow Interim Executive Director

Lynda Gerow is the new Interim Executive Director of KNCLN. Photo via KNLCN.

In the third change of leadership announced this year, Kingston Native Centre and Language Nest (KNCLN) bids farewell to current Executive Director Lauren Smart-Lampl, who stepped in to the position earlier this year.

In a media release, dated Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024, KNCLN said it wishes Smart-Lampl the very best as she embarks on a new phase of her career and accepts an opportunity she could not refuse.

In the interim, while the board of directors conducts a search for a new executive director, Lynda Gerow has accepted the role of interim executive director, KNCLN announced.

“We are grateful that Lynda has agreed to take the role of interim Executive Director as we search for a new executive director,” said Carol Ann Budd, President of the Board of Directors for KNCLN. “We are also very appreciative that former executive director Constance Carrière-Prill continues to support the organization and the interim Executive Director in her role as our Director of Strategic Development.”

The original change of leadership was announced in January 2024, when Carrière-Prill moved into her Director role. In early March 2024, KNCLN announced Ian Fanning would be taking over the Executive Director role with the expectation he would transition into the role after two months working with Carrière-Prill. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, Fanning was not able to make the transition, and instead took on a part-time role at the organization. In April 2024, Lauren Smart-Lampl was announced for the leadership role. She held the Executive Director position for approximately two months.

Gerow has been with KNCLN as the Manager of Programs and Operations. According to the release, she is an experienced, passionate Social Service Worker and Early Childhood Educator and a member of the Wet’suwet’en from Ts’il Kaz Koh, formerly known as Burns Lake Band, BC. Her teachings are predominantly Anishinaabe with some Haudenosaunee, a good fit for many local Indigenous community members.

KNCLN said Gerow also volunteers as the President of the local Kingston Thunder Women, an Ontario Native Women’s Association ONWA-affiliated community organization.

Learn more about the Kingston Native Centre and Language Nest on the KNCLN website.

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