WEtech Alliance is pleased to welcome the newest member of our team, Kaitlyn Karns as our Talent Engagement Coordinator!
Kaitlyn Karns is an active member of the YQG community through her past work and volunteer experiences, and especially through her role as the current Executive Director of the Ford City Business Improvement Association! With a Masters of Education from the University of Windsor, Kaitlyn is a published researcher and educator. Her research focuses on student retention and transitions within higher education, as a result of institutional influencers. In addition, Kaitlyn is an active member of the Windsor music and theatre communities. Through her creative works, she strives to build opportunities for local talent across all disciplines and show that Windsor is the place to be!
We sat down with Kaitlyn for a rapid-fire Q&A to get to know her better.
Q: Describe yourself in five words.
A: Giving, organized, creative, active & fun!
Q: Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
A: Gather- I am always willing and want to learn new things, meet new people, and gain new experiences.
Q: What would the title of your autobiography be called?
A: “I Can’t Believe I Had Time to Write This” – An Autobiography by Kaitlyn Karns
Q: If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
A: I would be a horse! Active, majestic, and loving with a kind soul. They also like to graze and snack whenever they please, and that sounds pretty good to me!
Q: What’s your favourite ’90s jam?
A: “Jumpin’, Jumpin'”- Destiny’s Child… or really any Destiny’s Child song.
Q: What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?
A: From endless treats to cuddles and the new toys she buys me, even though my Dad says, “no more toys”. I would say she is a pretty sweet lady and super giving!
Q: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
A: Ocean blue- Calming yet bright, but not too bright. A colour that reminds me of being out on the water in the warm sun.
Q: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
A: An Oyster- and I will never eat one ever again.
Q: What do you work toward in your free time?
A: I work towards making time to relax and explore the hidden gems of Windsor-Essex and Detroit! I also work towards my creative project, The Broadway Bunch which is a professional performance group that brings high calibre cabarets to YQG.
Q: What were you like in high school?
A:I was the theatre kid who always ate lunch in the drama room and who was involved in every student society possible.
Q: Favourite superhero?
A: Elastigirl from The Incredibles.
Q: What Friends character do you most identify with?
A: I haven’t really watched Friends (sorry), but I am told I am most like Monica.
Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: Completing and publishing my thesis! Grad school had so many ups and downs and I found that writing my thesis was a very personal journey. I learned a lot and at the end of the day, I am truly proud of what I created.
Q: Who would play you in a movie?
A: The female lead in some kind of theatrical movie! The performer, lounge singer, or perhaps the hidden star ready to get her big break!
Q: What is your best feature?
A: I think one of my best features is my willingness to take on a new project and make it happen!
Q: Have you ever tried to do something and you knew that you were going to be really bad at it, but you did it anyway?
A: Yes! Ice skating… I am SO bad, but it just looks so much fun!
Q: You’re on death row. What’s your last meal?
A: A super decadent lobster mac & cheese with a glass of expensive cab sav. For dessert, anything with Oreos!
Q: What is one thing you’re most excited for in joining the WEtech Alliance team?
A: To continue to have a positive impact on our community by sharing opportunities and showing what Windsor-Essex has to offer! I am also super excited to meet and learn from new people with so many different backgrounds!
Talent Engagement Coordinator, Kaitlyn Karns