KNCLN welcomes new Executive Director Ian Fanning

Ian Fanning joins the KNCLN team as incoming Executive Director. Submitted image.

The Kingston Native Centre and Language Nest (KNCLN) has announced its incoming Executive Director, Ian Fanning, who transitioned into the leadership role of the organization on Monday, Mar. 4, 2024.

According to a release from KNCLN, Fanning will assume a co-leadership with the current Executive Director Constance Carrière-Prill for March and April 2024, in order to ensure a smooth transition for the organization.

“I am delighted to take on the role of Executive Director at KNCLN. Constance has left an incredibly positive impact, and I look forward to continuing her critical work for the organization, and in the local community,” Fanning shared with Kingstonist.

“With the dedication of our amazing staff and community partners, I look forward to KNCLN leading the way to increased supports and programming for our local community.  Though I have been an educator for the past several years, it is wonderful to be back in a role where you see direct, tangible, and heartwarming results from the efforts of such a strong community-based organization.”

Fanning holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, an MA in Religion and Modernity, and a Master of Theological Studies, all from Queen’s University. He also holds a three-year Business Administration & Human Resources Management Diploma from St. Lawrence College.

Most recently, Fanning worked in the world of education. For nearly a decade, he has worked as an educator at Queen’s University, with his teaching spanning many interdisciplinary topics, including Indigenous Studies and Global Development Studies. He also teaches several courses within the Public Administration and Governance Program partnership between First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI)  and Toronto Metropolitan University, according to KNCLN.

“This, along with his experience as the former Director of Students Services and Service Delivery for FNTI on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, means that Ian has worked extensively with Indigenous community members, knowledge keepers, elders, and students. Prior to academia, Ian also worked for many years in the not-for-profit sector and has an intimate understanding of the many needs faced by our community,” the organization stated.

In an email to Kingstonist, Carrière-Prill shared how she feels as she hands the reins to Fanning.

“It has been an honour and privilege to have been given the trust of our Board to lead this organization for the past two years. So much time, energy, visioning and heart-work has gone into getting us to where we are today. It is a tremendous gift to know that, as I move on, I am passing this important work on to someone in whom I have implicit confidence – in both his ability to make sound decisions to lead this space, in harmony with our guiding principles, and to ensure KNCLN continues to meaningfully respond to the needs of our local urban community,” she stated.

“I know Ian to walk with integrity, humility and kindness. These qualities are invaluable to effective leadership. I am grateful to our Board of Directors for their wisdom in knowing exactly who KNCLN would need moving forward. I cannot wait to work with Ian and see all he will do to support the organization’s mission in the years to come.”

Effective Wednesday, May 1, 2024, Fanning will assume the sole position of Executive Director as the outgoing ED takes on a consulting role as KNCLN Director of Strategic Development.

More information on KNCLN can be found on the organization’s website.

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