08 Mar Meet Our Team: Myrna Stark Leader, Connector Program Coordinator
Welcome…Myrna Stark Leader, Connector Program Coordinator
Since the beginning of her career in print, radio and television journalism, Myrna’s purpose has been to share stories and information to help foster greater understanding, connect people and ideas, and inspire action or change.
About ten years in, she transitioned into PR and communications, and has held progressively senior management and leadership roles in the private and public sectors (ranging from healthcare and education to agriculture and local government).
As an alumna of the Connector program, Myrna has first-hand experience of the program’s success. Her understanding of what it is like to move to a new city and to feel comfortable and to get connected with the community will be a huge asset as she leads the program for 2019.
Getting to Know Myrna – Q&A
Where are you originally from?
- Born in Swift Current, Sask., grew up in Moose Jaw, lived in Saskatoon and Calgary for education and then spent my career back in Sask., mostly in Regina.
How long have you lived in the Okanagan?
- Since September 2017
How did you end up in the Okanagan?
- It was a choice. Our family wanted to relocate here for the next phase of our lives.
- I remember visiting my great aunt and uncle – Vera and Joe Stark – in Summerland when I was a kid, and being on top of Giants Head Mountain, looking out on the beauty of the valley and thinking “Maybe, someday I’ll live here.”
What are your favourite things to do in your free time?
- Writing – I’m an on-going contributor to Country Life in BC, FCC Express, Okanagan Life, The Grower and other publications
- Enjoying and exploring nature. Living by mountains and water is just amazing.
Learning new things and meeting people
- Attending local events, discovering local products, talents and businesses
What do you love most about living in the Okanagan?
- How easily it’s felt like home mostly due to the people, fresh fruit and easier winters
What are you looking forward to in your role running the OYP Connector program?
- I hope to be able to do for others what the Connector program did for me – provide a valuable network to help make the Central Okanagan feel like a great place to call home