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Uptown Waterloo BIA Staff

The Uptown Waterloo BIA has four staff members: an Executive Director, who reports to the Board of Directors; and a Marketing & Communications Manager, Office & Program Coordinator and Events & Outreach Manager, who report to the Executive Director. Learn more about them below.

Tracy Van Kalsbeek

Tracy Van Kalsbeek

Executive Director

Tracy joined the Uptown Waterloo Business Improvement Area (BIA) as Executive Director in April 2018 after three and a half years as the Executive Director at the Stratford Perth Community Foundation. She has also been a project Manager for Manulife’s Philanthropy & Sponsorships team, Manager of Marketing & Communications at the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) and Program Manager for Junior Achievement. Tracy is an avid volunteer within the community. Her current positions include: Board Vice Chair at Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort, Council member of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, member of Oktoberfest’s Advisory Committee, member of the Uptown Vision Committee, member of the KWCF Grant Committee and Board member of Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation.

Natalie Gallo

Natalie Gallo

Marketing & Communications Manager

Natalie came to the BIA in March 2014 from the Town of Milton, where she worked for three years in Marketing and Communications for both the Community Services and Engineering Services departments. Natalie graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2010, and subsequently completed two magazine internships, as well as a variety of volunteer and freelance writing and blogging. Natalie volunteers for the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region, lives in Uptown Waterloo and is passionate about her community.

Dawne Taylor-Gilders

Dawne Taylor-Gilders

Events & Outreach Manager

Prior to starting work with the BIA in 2019, Dawne owned snapd KW Media for 13 years, and is passionate about photography and community. Dawne is excited to incorporate these passions into her role as Events & Outreach Manager and to continue cultivating positivity in her community. Dawne also gives her time as a board member for the Centre In the Square as well as a PFAC (Patient Family Advisory Committee) at the WHLIN.

 

Tahnee Hipel

Tahnee Hipel

Office & Program Coordinator

Starting with the BIA just this year, Tahnee is a creative professional from Kitchener who dabbles in many creative mediums. She lived in Toronto for 12 years, studied fashion and was heavily embedded in the arts community. While Tahnee has many creative interests – from audio production to photography, blog writing, content creation, and all things digital media to singing, songwriting and website design – she is also an analytical and critical thinker.  Tahnee’s passion is bridging her left and right brain to build and nurture meaningful relationships and create and curate purposeful content. Her mission is to add value to the community and to forever add to her creative toolbox. 

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