Golf Canada Wraps Annual General Meeting

Golf Canada concluded their Annual General Meeting in Vancouver over the weekend and on top of the usual pomp and circumstance, for the first time in several years there seems to be some hope on the financial end of things for the organization.

Montreal Diane Dunlop-Hébert gave way to Michael Carroll of Vancouver as the 110th President with Doug Alexander of London, Ontario now becoming the First Vice-President. Paul MacLean of Richmond Hill, Ontario moves in to become Second Vice-President.

Carroll, Alexander and McLean will lead Golf Canada’s 2013 Board of Directors which also includes Charlie Beaulieu of Lorraine, Que., Leslie Dunning of Calgary, Liz Hoffman of Thornhill, Ont., and Roland Deveau of Clare, N.S. as well as immediate past President Diane Dunlop-Hébert and Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons. New Board members joining in 2013 include Nick Marrone of Toronto, Harvey Goehring of Winnipeg and Don MacKay of Sudbury, Ont.

In addition to the induction of the new President and Board of Directors the meeting saw the recognition of several individuals.

Vancouver Sun writer Brad Ziemer and Anne Peabody, the first female President of the British Columbia Golf Association, were co-receipients of the Golf Canada Distinguished Award.  It recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the game of golf in Canada.

Edmonton’s Enid Blotchett was named as the Golf Canada Volunteer of the Year for 2012.

Another Edmontonian, Karen Rackel, was appointed as an Honorary Life Governor of Golf Canada.  Rackel served as the 108th President of Golf Canada in 2011.

On an even more important front the meetings allowed Golf Canada, as the National Sport Organization and Governing Body, to present their Strategic Plan to the representatives from the provinces in attendance.  Rather than interpret it, we’ll let you view it for yourself and make your own decision on it’s validity. You can find the One Vision Strategic Plan at this link: Click here  

And the bottom line goes to, well, the bottom line.  After a net loss of $2,337,228 in 2011 Golf Canada embarked on some major plans to streamline their operations and they appear to be having some impact.  The Net Loss for 2012 was $328,332.

Golf Canada is targeting a positive $400,000 positive cash flow for 2013.

Click here for a link to Golf Canada’s 2012 Annual Report including a recap of the past season as well as the association’s 2012 Financial Statements.

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