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Message from the President

President’s Message – March 2021

As your newly elected President, it saddens me to report that after 11 years of tireless dedication to the OGSA, Sally Ross decided to retire at the end of February to spend time with her family; including her sons Michael and Robbie and her two granddaughters Lucy and Madelyn.  While Sally’s presence as the executive manager will be missed by our members, OGSA staff and at the Board level, the critical work she accomplished during her tenure with the association has laid a strong foundation for the OGSA to move forward into the future with confidence.  We wish Sally the very best as she enters into this new chapter.

While there is still a great deal of uncertainty for 2021 and beyond, the OGSA is planning to expand their services and offerings for this upcoming year and the future.  Staff and the Board are working on new initiatives such as: expanded educational opportunities, a new website, and an Ontario Best Management Practices document.  Committees are planning for golf events and the 2022 Ontario Golf Course Management Conference is tentatively scheduled to be held in Collingwood.   The OGSA is currently looking at ways to increase our membership numbers and the goal is to attain 1000 members by the 100th anniversary in 2024.

Thank you to all members that participated in the 2020 OGSA Member Survey.  The results of the survey are being analyzed to see how we can better serve the membership.

I would like to personally thank outgoing Board members and Past Presidents, Cory Jansen and Jason Boyce for their years of service and dedication to the OGSA.  Also, welcome two new Board members Andrew Nieder (Deerhurst Resort) and Kevin Collier (Riverbend Golf Community).  While the OGSA Board has not met in person since February 2020, we continue to meet virtually on a regular basis.  If there are any questions, concerns, or you would like to write an article for ONCourse, please contact the OGSA office or speak to a Board member.

Keep well and stay safe

Al Schwemler