Kevin Hilgers has been a Rotarian since 1997 with the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, transferring to Rotary Club of Victoria Harbourside, April, 2018. His wife and best friend is Janice McNeice.
Their 2 daughters have been a part of Rotary. Catherine attended McGill University and was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Brazil, she resides in Berlin. Karly Jasper is finishing schooling in Calgary and Stockholm, and was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Japan until the earthquake of March, 2011. Following that, she finished her exchange in Brazil.
Kevin’s background is radio; he was in broadcasting for 15 years hosting radio shows in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Saskatoon and other centers. Kevin is an entrepreneur with an ad agency in Grande Prairie, Alberta, with rental properties in Victoria, British Columbia. While business remains in Alberta, Kevin and Jan now call Victoria home.
Kevin has been 5370’s District Newsletter editor and PR and Marketing Chair, was Assistant Governor and active in the Youth Exchange program. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and he and Jan are Bequest Society members of the Foundation. Janice is an accounting technician and a big supporter of Rotary. She is a Paul Harris Fellow. Kevin was Rotary Friendship Exchange chair for 3 years in 5370.
Kevin and Jan have attended Rotary International Institutes in London, Ontario, Boston, Vancouver and Philadelphia where Kevin trained the Governor Nominees. They also attended the International Assembly in San Diego where every Governor in the world meets for a week of training. They have participated at International Conventions in Montreal, Chicago, New Orleans Seoul and Bangkok.
Kevin was District 5370’s youngest Governor in 2012/13. Highlights from the year as Governor include the Million Dollar Dinner where four million five hundred thousand dollars was raised for the Rotary Foundation. Following 12/13 the District received two awards at the Zone Institute in Philadelphia; District with highest membership increase in the Zone, and District that formed 2 or more clubs. Kevin was honoured to represent Rotary International President Ron Burton at District 5320 Conference at Temecula, California, in May, 2014.
Kevin has assisted Rotary International Zone 24 / 32 with several Zone Institutes including Toronto, Winnipeg and Philadelphia. Here, he focused on communications for the Institutes and hosted several workshops on social media and tips on running successful District Conferences.
At the club level Kevin has been active in youth exchange, marketing, events, speaker series, training and much more.
Kevin says “My family and I have received so much from Rotary I don’t think I could ever pay it back. But I’m certainly going to try”. He is now in a Rotary Club, a new Rotary District (5020) and even a new Zone (25/26) and excited to take on fresh, new challenges and opportunities to serve and inspire.