Position description for Oshawa City and Regional Councillor:
This is a public service position. As such the successful candidate will possess excellent oral and written communication skills and will have training and experience which exemplify such skills. The candidate must be able to deal effectively with differing points of view on any number of issues both between members of the public, fellow Council members as well as City Staff. A demonstrated ability to deal with conflict and differences of opinion is a must. In addition, the successful candidate must possess experience dealing with issues in a committee setting. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated background and record in community service.
Resume: Rick Kerr, Candidate for City and Regional Councillor
Honours Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Ontario
Certificates in Dispute Resolution and Advanced Dispute Resolution, Durham College, Centre for Integrated Justice Studies
Additional course work (in addition to dozens of seminars and other courses):
Organizational Behaviour and Development, MBA program - York University
Familiarization and Skills Training program, 42 seminars - Durham Regional Police Service
Municipal Finance - Lorne Cutler & Associates
Marketing and Subscription Building - Theatre Ontario (plus 7 other theatre technique courses)
Work experience (post-graduation from university):
1974-77 - The Fitness Institute, Toronto - Fitness Instructor, then Supervisor, then Director of Fitness
1977-2014 - Durham College - Manager of the Athletic Complex (7 years), Mature Student Admissions Officer (6-month pilot project), Professor (30 years) researched and taught 28 different courses in 14 different programs, including Coordinator/developer of the Advanced Law Enforcement program (2 years), Coordinator of General Education (6 years)
1989-2001 - Kerr Productions (sole proprietor entertainment industry productions): Magic Car Dinner Theatre, Touch of Class Dinner Theatre, Murder/Mystery Evenings, One-Man Shows
Oral and Written Skills:
Professor, Durham College - 30 years, taught Communications Techniques, Communications Writing Skills, Business Communications, Law Enforcement Communications, Debating Techniques plus 24 other different subject areas in 14 different college programs
Actor/Director in 116 theatrical productions for many different theatre companies
Author: custom publication textbook, McGraw-Hill Publishers, "Contemporary Canadian Social Issues and Problems"
National conference presenter: Evaluation Techniques (U of Guelph, U of Saskatchewan, Concordia U, Dalhousie U, Durham College)
Conflict Management Skills:
Certified in Dispute Resolution and Advanced Dispute Resolution (Durham College). This training was invaluable in the conduction of my duties on various boards of directors in both leadership and committee member roles (see "Committee Work" for details).
Committee experience (among others):
President, Whitby Courthouse Theatre Company (1993-97)
President, Durham Region Concert Association (2007-10)
Chair, General Education Committee, Durham College (2009-14)
Academic Council, Durham College (2009-12)
City Council Committee experience
Chair, Corporate Services Committee
Member, Community Services Committee
Regular attendee at both Development Services and Financial Services Committees
Mayor's Appointee on the Board of Governors, Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame
Council Appointee on the Oshawa Senior Citizen's Centers Board of Directors
Council Appointee, Multicultural Council of Oshawa/Durham
Council Appointee, Heritage Oshawa Advisory Committee
Financial management experience:
Manager, Athletic Complex, Durham College (7 years) - always at or under budget, in the black
President, Whitby Courthouse Theatre (4 years) - under budget on expenses, in the black
Personal finances: debt free
The successful candidate should have a demonstrated background and record in community service.
1977-1989 - United Way/Durham College Turkey Trot, Race Director, United Way fundraising/Sports Administration program educational event
1989-1999 - Fiesta, Dew Drop Inn, member of The Entertainers which performed for Fiesta crowds and helped to raise over $110,000 for Denise House, the shelter for abused women and children
1992, 1993, 1994 - Kedron Park Tots Soccer coach
1987, 2008, 2009 - Oshawa Little Theatre - wrote/produced/directed/performed in 3 separate fundraising events which raised over $18,000 for needed building repairs
2007-2010 - Durham Region Concert Association - President, proposed/created $20,000 bursary for the students of the Music Business Administration program at Durham College
2010, 2012 - Organized two fundraising events at Class Act Dinner Theatre which raised over $6,000 for The HEAT dragon boat club to help defray costs to attend world dragon boat championships in Macau, China (2010) and Hong Kong, China (2012)
1978-2017 - member of the not-for-profit Oshawa Little Theatre, Whitby Courthouse Theatre and Durham Shoestring Performers performing/directing 116 theatrical productions for the enjoyment of the community
Since being a City Councillor, I have had the pleasure of spearheading and helping with the following community initiatives:
2015 - The 3-Part Plan for Youth Employment and Hope - a series of three community meetings I organized which saw over 85 individual citizens and many organizations' representatives meet to discuss a forward plan to enhance the quality of life for our youth. The offshoot of these meetings saw the creation of: 1. the LPEC (Local Planning Employment Council) which brought together Durham College, UOIT, Social Services at the Region of Durham and the Durham Workforce Authority to enhance entrepreneurial opportunities in addition to what we already have, and 2. The Community Innovation Lab centred in Paul Dwyer High School where young entrepreneurs can develop and hone their business ideas, concepts, and business plans.
2015 to 2018 - Oshawa Animal Care Committee, Originator - comprised of fellow citizens with a passion for creating a safer environment for our animal companions. This project morphed into the creation of a current high level of trust between the City (Oshawa Animal Services and Municipal Law Enforcement) and all of the various animal welfare groups in the city such as: Team Chelsea, ODAWG, and AVA. The result is the successful passing of the revised Responsible Pet Owners By-law with all of its pertinent sections (Pet re-sale, Rescue Group registration and Oshawa;s first-ever TNRM Colony Manager Clinic). Well done all.
2015, 2016 - Doors Open - Committee Member, volunteer at the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame site.
2015 - Race Director for the OshaWOW! fundraising fun run for The Refuge. Worked with overall event organizer, Denise Marek, and a dedicated team of volunteers to raise $980.00.
2016, 2017 (and September 2018) - Artistic Director and co-creator of Scenes From The Cemetery, a fund-raising production for our Oshawa Museum. It brought together the Museum with the Oshawa Little Theatre as costumers to create a unique historical tour of Union Cemetery to give our citizens an understanding of significant people of our historical past.
2017 - Spirits of the Automobile - similar to Scenes From The Cemetery, this production was a fundraiser for our Canadian Automotive Museum (CAM) where the famous owners of some of the fabulous vehicles in the CAM were brought to life to tell citizens all about their famous vehicle.
2017 - The Cycle: Hope, and The Cycle: Courage. My concepts for multi-genre, multicultural art expositions to share and to develop the wonderful artists we have in our community. All funds raised by donations at the door were donated to the UOIT Student Bursary Fund (Hope) and the Denise House Emergency Shelter for Abused Women and their Children (Courage). Each event had a Media Launch which was well supported by our local media.
2017 - Art In The Garden. A community sharing event I initiated which saw the neighbours of the Albert Street Community Garden come together along with Dulux Paints (who donated the primer and finish paint) and three of our Urban Street Artists to "colorize" the elevated gardens of The Berry Patch Garden (the other side of Albert is The Pepper Patch). Brew Wizards donated the coffee for both days' activities.
2017 - The repainting of The United Steelworkers' Hall at John and Albert Streets. Using leftover paint from the Art In The Garden project plus some more purchased, the Albert Street neighbours helped members of the Hall prepare, prime, and paint the Hall's south wall which was a little "careworn". Now it looks great!
2017 - Gallery 67 at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. The Oshawa Art Association asked me to help them find a "home" since they had operated 50 years without one and wanted to reach out their services to our community more. Kudos to the Holiday Inn for agreeing to be corporate sponsors. Thanks to both the City's Economic Development and Building Inspections Branch for assisting in the necessary approvals to get the space ready. Grateful acknowledgement to the Downtown BIA, Economic Development, and the Holiday Inn for hosting the Grand Opening in June 2017.
2018 - Suits For Youths. In a working partnership with officers of the Durham Regional Police Service and Staff of the Oshawa Centre, we organized the first event of this kind for our male and trans-gendered youth to have a nice suit not only for Prom Night but also to keep for their first job interview and beyond. This event can now work in step with Gowns For Girls which has now been going for 5 years.
2018 - Flag-raising and Proclamation for the significant contributions by our Chinese community to the development of Oshawa. The Chinese Cultural Heritage Weekend will coincide with our Peony Festival. The peony is the National Flower of China. The Consul General of The Peoples' Republic of China was in attendance and is now committed to assisting with the enhancement of Chinese culture in Oshawa through our Peony Festival.