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Lance Novak Congratulates Diane Draper on 40 Years with CKC

February 26, 2019
Diane-5.jpgThis week, the staff at CKC had the pleasure of celebrating a major service milestone at CKC.  Diane Draper, Manager Regulatory marked her 40th anniversary at CKC on February 7. 

For those that don’t know, Diane has worked much of her career in the area of Regulatory meaning that she oversees the development and maintenance of our by-laws and policies and procedures.    She also oversees a contentious side of CKC; complaints, and discipline and appeals files.   

In comparison to 40 years, I’ve only been here for 6 years but over that time, I’ve worked with Diane through a lot of interesting challenges and cases and projects, many of which were unique, not only for me but also for Diane after 40 years.   I’ve heard her say may times, “we’ve never had this happen before”.   While it’s true, if you heard Diane say it you would also hear in her voice that she is probably just as captivated and stimulated by her job as the first day she started.   
Diane-1-1.jpgAfter 40 years, she continues to approach each new situation with an open mind and prepared to consider and reconsider and promote change to find a solution. 

In any kind of positive relationship in or outside of work, one important factor to enjoying a relationship is to continually learn from it.  So, I’d like to share my thoughts from what I’ve learned from Diane.
 
  1. The polices and by-laws are boring and bureaucratic.  They have a bad reputation BUT I’ve learned from Diane that they are also tools that can save the day in situations that can be very exciting, or tense, or confusing or controversial or UNIQUE.    So as tools, they can build a long-standing foundation or fix things that aren’t working properly.  Diane has worked on this for much of her 40 years at CKC.   With that kind of experience, I can say without doubt that her fingerprints will be found all over those tools for many years to come.  Because she has done such a good job in crafting the tools, fine tuning them when required and coaching us on how to use them safely and responsibly. 
  2. Any obstacle can be worked though.  When faced with obstacles, whether they be physical, personality clashes, business restriction, Diane has envisioned the end results and solution and worked through it with a plan while seemingly never phased.  After 40 years, this could be anything from a financial crisis, chairs flying at a meeting or snow banks taller than her.    
  3. That you can make the greatest progress with cool head. Like the old adage “Never Let them See you Sweat”, Diane has taken this approach and used it with respect, fairness and transparency.    I’ve often made the comment that if we had the advantage to design the person and the personality best suited for handling complaints, discipline and appeals, we would design Diane.  She has seen our passionate members at times that may cause them to be heated, and she has never waivered on her commitment to stay cool.   And that is a commendable trait, especially for someone I have come to know as sensitive and compassionate DIane-3.jpgand dedicated to her colleagues and our members.    
 
So Diane; Thank you for my lessons learn and the inspiration they have provided.

Diane, we offer you our congratulations and sincere thanks for 40 years of contributions to the legacy of the Canadian Kennel Club.   Just like the case files and situations you deal with at CKC; you are one of a kind!

The opinions expressed by authors on the Canadian Kennel Club Blog and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Canadian Kennel Club or any of its employees.

Les opinions et les commentaires exprimés dans le blogue du Club Canin Canadien sont ceux des auteurs et ils ne reflètent pas les opinions du Club Canin Canadien ni de ses employés.

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Lance Novak has been the Executive Director and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Kennel Club since 2013. He is proud of his more than 20 years experience at the senior management and executive level, in the not-for-profit and regulatory industries. Lance’s life-long personal involvement with purebred dogs fuels his dedication to the CKC.

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Richard Paquette
Congratulations Diane !!!
2/26/2019 8:25:04 PM

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