As my first year as President comes to a close, it allows me to reflect on the numerous accomplishments of our Board of Directors, committees, members and staff. Our three year, aggressive strategic plan, is coming to the end with many great achievements which I would like to highlight.
- Our continued relationships and partnerships with strategic allies that include: University of Guelph, U.S. Ice Rink Association, Sports Turf Canada, Hockey Canada, Canadian Recreation Facilities Council, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Association of Municipalities of Ontario, ParticipACTION, Ontario Municipal Health and Safety Representatives Association, Frank Cowan Company, Ontario Ministry of Labour, Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office, Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Public Services Health and Safety Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Ontario Turfgrass Symposium, Facility Owners and Managers Association, Ontario Good Roads Association, Local Health Units, and our newest partner the National Swimming Pool Foundation. These and many more allow ORFA to provide you as members updated information to allow us to be “to be the leaders in the recreation facilities profession.”
- Training programs continue to be strong at both the Annual Professional Development Program and Regional Training Courses. The Safe Ice Resurfacer Operator online courses have been well received.
- Membership remains strong.
- The Certified Recreation Facilities Professional professional designation has been offered to the ORFA membership with the recertification process explained.
- The Technical Advisory Committees continue to provide great input in their specific subject matter.
- The Canadian Recreation Facilities Council has dissolved as a corporation, but will continue as a group of like-minded individuals to share ideas.
We will be turning our attention to setting a new strategic plan in the new year and look forward to working with the Board of Directors and staff to chart a new course for your Association.
I would like to recognize our Board of Directors for their work and dedication. Our role is a governance role. I would also like to thank and recognize staff for their great work and dedication.
As I begin to focus on my second year as Chair and prepare for the new upcoming Board elections, I would like to ask our membership to consider allowing their names to stand. We are looking for people like you to be the future of ORFA.
Ross Rankin, CRFP, CIT
President and Chair of the Board