Hello! My name is Heikki Helaniemi.
This year I have acted as the chairman of the board of KY association. My responsibility is to be the face and voice of KY and steer KY to the right direction in the big picture.
On a daily basis most of my time goes to meetings with the executive Board and other personnel of the KY office. With the Board we meet twice a week in a form of so-called “Morning Schools”, where we discuss important topics and make big decisions. Of course, this year we have had to have meetings quite a lot more often because of Covid-19. The main part of my job is seeing that the resources at KY are effectively utilized.
A lot of people have been asking me whether I wished I knew before the beginning of the year about how this year will turn out and would that have affected my decision to apply. This year has absolutely been challenging and surprising in every sense. All in all, I can say that this year has been a great learning experience and the way the community has come together in this time has been amazing. If I had known what I was getting myself into, I would have definitely applied.
The most important thing for me this year has been the people around me. Seeing the community function through a year like this has been amazing, but even more amazing has been meeting the people of the community. All the volunteers, employees of the school, members and alumni willing to give back to the community and of course the whole of KY Office. The people I have been working with in the office and the people on the Board have become friends, who I am certain will be a big part of my life, always.
Should you apply for this position? Absolutely!! I am not saying that the work would always be easy, but everyday is rewarding in its own way. The people around you will make everyday even better than the last. There aren’t many opportunities for young people to work in such positions at this point of their life. I have learned a lot about leadership, life and myself throughout this year! In conclusion Friends, Experiences, Learning and Memories. What are you waiting for?! The application period is open!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call me or send me a text and we can talk more about the subject!
Chairman of the Board 2020