Kim Brown (nee Dykstra)
Hi! I was asked to submit a little something about myself, as a graduate from Beacon Calvin Memorial) going backto 1989. It’s neat to see the banner from our graduating class hanging in the halls of the school, with our themeverse from Proverbs 16:3, “Commit yourself to the Lord and your plans will succeed.” After Calvin Memorial, I went to Laura Secord Secondary School , and then to the University of Toronto in Mississauga where I studiedArt and Art History. It was in university that my love for hockey started, and I was the goalie for the intervarsity UTM team.
After graduation in 1998, I travelled to Europe on my own for a month, visiting family in Holland, art galleries, andso much more! Shortly after being back home, I got a great job at Hostelling International in Niagara Falls for a few years. I kept up hockey, playing for Stoney Creek Sabres and then St. Catharines Women’s Recreational Hockey. I met my husband-to-be, James Brown, when I began playing ball hockey in the area and we were put on the same co-ed team, I as the netminder and he was my defence! James and I were married in September 2002, bought an old house that we gutted from top to bottom and renovated (and I don’t think it has ever stopped!). That is a good test on a first year of marriage! By that time I was also working at the Niagara Falls Art Gallery, where I taught kid’s art classes and visited schools, teaching art lessons for grades K-8. Our first child, Wilem, was born in 2004, followed by Thomas in 2006, and then we had Adriana in 2008. After two children, I decided to stay home, and began doing home daycare, which I am still currently doing.
We go to Jubilee Fellowship Christian Reformed Church where I am the Chair of the Visual Arts Ministry Team, which has done some pretty cool congregational art projects and installations. I am also on the Board of Directors at Beacon and am the Chair of the Development Committee which oversees the fundraising events and relations of the school. In my spare time I play ice hockey over the winter months and co-ed slo pitch takes me through spring and summer. I also enjoy being on the Applefest Committee and volunteering my time designing and painting the scenic back drops for the recent productions Narnia, Rescue In The Night, and Annie Jr. I look forward to many more years of being involved with the school I was able to attend and to also see the generational blessings continue as I witness this in my own children at Beacon.
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