Bluewater District School Board is pleased to highlight some of the many examples of excellence and success stories of our former graduates! Learning a bit about their diverse career choices, life experiences, and contributions following graduation makes us truly proud and humbled to have played a role in their learning. Please join us as we celebrate our latest Graduate Profile:
Name: Kara Van Myall
Current hometown: Port Elgin
What Bluewater school(s) did you attend as a student? Northport Elementary School, Saugeen District Secondary School
What year did you graduate from Bluewater? 1993
Please provide a brief summary of the career pathways (e.g. post-secondary studies and subsequent employment) you pursued after graduating from secondary school.
1993 – 1997: University of Guelph Bachelor of Science Environmental (B.Sc.Env)
1997 – 2000: University of Guelph Masters of Landscape Architecture
1999 – 2006: City of Waterloo Landscape Architect
2006 – present: Bruce County – currently Director of Land Use Planning and Economic Development
2016: York University – Master Certificate in Public Management
Please tell us a bit about your current career.
As a Registered Landscape Architect and Professional Planner with a passion for changing the future of Rural Ontario through community economic development, I have spent 19 years promoting the power of place making through asset based community development. My professional experience includes a number of community planning and development positions, most recently as the Director of Planning and Economic Development with the County of Bruce.
What do you consider your greatest career achievement thus far?
Over my career, I have worked to bring together the fields of land use planning, design, business development and tourism into comprehensive economic development and land use planning approaches that foster growth while building community. By combining the technical skills I’ve learned with my passion for community, I have spearheaded the development of the award winning Spruce the Bruce community development program, which has recently expanded to incorporate the launch of the unique Business to Bruce entrepreneur and community matching tools. With a focus on diversifying the economy, I have been involved with supporting Bruce County to advance its innovation strategy. Recent partnerships with Saugeen First Nation to advance hydrogen technologies, and with Bruce Power to foster
innovation and economic development, are positioning Bruce County for the future. Every day, I go to work to change the future of Bruce County, and I couldn't think of a better job to do that through.
How has your education in Bluewater prepared you for your career?
My education throughout Bluewater District School Board was the foundation for my career path. When I trace that path back, the origins start with my Biology and Geography classes in high school. The passion from those teachers created a passion for this field. I love this work and the career that I have, and I am proud to call Bruce County home!