There’s a new face in downtown Carleton Place. Kate Murray is the new admin support contact at the Carleton Place Business Improvement Association (BIA). Murray volunteered with the BIA a few times before applying for and accepting the position. She started in October.
“I’ve never come to a new place and felt such a warm welcome – the people are truly amazing,” Murray says. Murray moved to Carleton Place in March with her husband and 4-year-old daughter when her husband accepted a job in Ottawa. The family lived in Regina before this.
“It was really important to me to continue the small town theme after leaving Regina,” Murray says. For her, supporting downtown is important because it’s the pride of any community. If people can say they love the town they live in, it’s better for everyone, she says.
Murray lives off High Street and is excited to plant her roots in Carleton Place. “I love to jump right in,” Murray says. “I love to be involved and to find the people who have spunk, the people who are determined.”
Murray is excited for what the future of the BIA looks like, adding that she thinks her role as admin support is a great fit for her and the BIA members. “I want to hear about their dreams and visions for their business and then take their needs to the board.” Murray said she is prepared to do a lot of listening. “Listening is very important for the success of our downtown.”
The long-term goals of the BIA will be carved out by the membership and what they need to succeed as a team, Murray said. “The thread to latch onto in the future is that all of our members want to do well – we all want success.”
The admin support position is responsible for managing the Downtown Carleton Place BIA phone number and e-mail address and directing inquiries to the right contact – like social media or event planner. Murray is also responsible for record keeping and other admin support duties assigned by the board.
“We’re so close and I think it’s 100 per cent possible to take our town’s downtown to the next level,” Murray said.
Murray says her door at the BIA is always open and she encourages people to get involved and share ideas. She loves chatting and meeting new people.
Murray was born in Toronto and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick. She majored in philosophy with a minor in psychology at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. She said she has always loved learning about the way people think and said the hardest and most awesome thing about people is that everyone thinks differently.
“I’m very happy. I love my job,” Murray said, smiling. “It’s hard, but I do love it.”
Photo by Jane Hobson: Kate Murray is the new admin support contact for the Carleton Place BIA. She started at the BIA in October.