Squash BC's 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Squash BC held its 2018 AGM at the University of Victoria (UVic) on May 26th. A solid showing of squash enthusiasts attended the session to hear about how the 2017-
18 went, trends in our sport and Squash
BC's plans for the future. Voting members showed the power of their voice by raising squash racquets when electing the Board and voting on motions.
A word from our President, Natasha Doucas
I would like to thank the members, Zone Representatives, Board Members and Staff for attending this year's AGM hosted at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island this past Saturday, May 26th
It was a good turnout and as we reflect on the past year, Squash has had a busy season and has achieved many accomplishments.
This all would not be possible without the volunteers that support squash in the province including Zone Representatives, Committee Members and Chairs, Board Members and Community partners.
In March of this year, a significant change was made to the structure of the organization. A leadership model was adopted by the Board to bring sustainability and efficiency into the running of the organization, to enhance our core programs and services, and to focus on member growth and engagement.
Nancy Thompson was hired as the new Executive Director to bring this model to life in an expedited fashion. Her experience on the Board over the past four years and her career skill set will be instrumental in this transition. We look forward to the next two years to drive the goals of Squash BCs Strategic Plan - Preferred Five-Year vision.
Some changes to the Board are George James' departure as VP Finance. I thank him for his dedication and wish him well in his new endeavors. We welcome Leonard Bruce as the new VP Finance.
We are thrilled that Jimmy Valliere, Donalda Meyers, and Bruce Matthews remain on the Board. I would like to thank them for their exceptional contributions to their portfolios, their guidance with their committees and most especially their collaborative efforts to steer, reason and assess a new model that is sustainable for the future of the organization.
We would like to welcome three Directors to the Board: Rachel Au, Rory Johnston and Liz Macey. Portfolios have been assigned and orientation to these Portfolios will be provided by the President andExecutive Director over the coming weeks.
Our AGM ended with a tour of UVic's Advanced Microscopy Facility led by its Director and UVic Professor, Dr. Rodney Herring. Thank you, Rodney, for the opportunity of seeing this world class Supermicroscope in action (see article). "Scientists can see how cells move and function, allowing them to better understand diseases and ultimately lead to treatment."
And a word from our New Board Member, Liz Macey
It was an exciting weekend of discussion, planning, and all things squash in Victoria last weekend at the Squash BC AGM.
Having not previously attended this meeting before, I was thrilled to see so many people committed to giving back to the squash community and excited about growing the sport in our province.
Myself, Rachel Au, and Rory Johnston are all new to the Board this year and received a very warm welcome from the returning board members, zone reps, and participants at the meeting.
We are all excited to dig into our new portfolios and get to work on some interesting projects.
Some of the portfolios I was lucky enough to receive are Volunteer and Volunteer Recognition, Court Advocacy, and contributing to the social media and content of the Squash BC e-newsletter.
I have some interesting ideas for each of these portfolios and am looking forward to continued discussion and collaboration with Squash BC members and staff to do each of these projects justice.
I'm very excited to have an active role with Squash BC and strongly encourage anyone with any thoughts, comments, or ideas relating to the previously mentioned portfolios to please get in touch-I'd love to hear from you!