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Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: Making a difference in your community

Kristi Honey
Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: Making a difference in your community
Kristi Honey

With the changing economy and employment landscape, including the increasing demand for health care and skilled trades workers, Durham College’s (DC) role as a leader in education is becoming increasingly critical in training the next generation of employees.

In 2016, DC’s economic impact in Durham Region was estimated at $913.3 million, equalling approximately 4.9 per cent of the total gross regional productivity. This impact means one out of every 24 jobs in the region is subsidized by the activities of DC and its students.

As the college’s governing body, DC’s Board of Governors is responsible for setting the vision, strategic direction and overall goals of the organization; hiring and delegating authority to the president; approving the college’s annual business plan and budget; and taking appropriate corrective action as necessary, where expected outcomes are not achieved.

Accountable to the students, employees and communities the college serves, the board is comprised of 17 members, including 12 external members with a diverse range of knowledge and backgrounds, who draw on their lived and professional experiences as well as their passion for post-secondary excellence to ensure the college is effectively and appropriately managed and necessary services are provided.

A leader in education, DC serves its communities by preparing qualified graduates to meet industry demands.

In a 2019 survey, the Ontario Construction Secretariat estimated that 118,000 new jobs will be created in the construction industry over the next 15 years, which means employers will be looking for new talent in skilled trades to close the labour gap.

In order to meet this demand, the board is currently seeking applications from community members with a background in the skilled trades or agriculture sectors to fill two vacancies starting on Sept. 1, 2022 for a three-year term.

Giving back to your community as a volunteer board member is immensely gratifying as you gain far more than you give. Over my five years on DC’s Board of Governors, I have developed professional and personal relationships that will stay with me for life, learned new skills and gained an appreciation of differing perspectives.

If you know a dynamic, creative individual with the experience, expertise and commitment to help us achieve our goals, please encourage them to apply. To learn more about the position, visit

Kristi Honey has been a member of Durham College’s Board of Governors for more than five years and currently serves as its chair. Send Industry Perspectives comments and column ideas to

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