With 35 years in Parks and Recreation Facilities management, I’ve had opportunities to work in every level of our industry. It’s been an incredible journey so far! I’ve logged hours cleaning toilets and ice surfaces, mowing sports fields, and ensuring events go off without a hitch. Even though I’m working at the management/supervisory level, I still like to work alongside my co-workers, volunteers and colleagues whenever I am able to do so. This connection to the day-to-day operations helps me keep tabs on what is happening with people, public, facilities, wildlife and park systems I’m responsible for.
My work with the ORFA is an integral part of my career. I’ve completed numerous courses and designations offered by the Association, and now enjoy being part of a skilled and experienced team of professionals on the teaching and facilitation side of the organization. I applaud the students we have seen go through our programs over the years, in many parts of the province, especially those who are continuing their education at every opportunity! I am passionate about the value of our courses, and endeavour to provide opportunities for my own staff to complete training through the ORFA alongside their peers. I work every day to ensure that I stay abreast of current trends and industry standards. I strive to pass on the most current information available, both to the students I teach, and the colleagues I work with. In this endeavour, I truly appreciate the professional connections and insights that arise from being an active member of the Board of Directors, and the ORFA community as a whole!
Being voted back in as a Board Member At Large will allow me to continue to work with my peers to move the ORFA through what has become, for our industry and many others, one of the most trying times in memory. Though we have learned many lessons so far, there is still much to be done! I look forward to continuing to research and explore new best-practices and technology, so that I can be part of solutions for the future. It is my hope that I can continue to use my experience and connections to help bring the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association into the “new normal” of our COVID-19 world.
I humbly look to your vote and in this, I pledge my energy, passion and support to our Association and all its members when and where I can!
The Recreation Facility Profession