Thank you everyone for your patience with our “on again” “off again” AGM.
As many of you know, I place a very high value on open communication and transparency and I therefore feel that I owe each and every one of you an explanation for what has transpired over the course of this week. I will not go over the facts again: I believe everyone is aware of the issues, but if anyone would like more information, please feel free to email me directly.
In essence, as president of this association, I found myself in a very disconcerting position: I was instructed by the Board to hold an AGM; however legally, holding such a meeting placed me in a position of willful misconduct and any business transacted at this meeting would in essence be null and void. Potentially, this could have had serious consequences on my professional reputation (OFA is only part of my professional life). Therefore, I sought a legal opinion in order to get guidance. You will find here a preliminary legal opinion. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss anything further. A fuller document will be delivered over the next few days.
What do I have to say about the events of the past week? Well “It was the worst of times, it was the best of times” (with sincere apologies to Mr. Dickens). It was the worst of times because things were said and done which may or may not have showed us in our best light. But it is no secret that a significant number of members have been unhappy for a very long time; that members have expressed very clearly in the past that they were unhappy with the way we conducted our AGM. Things needed to be aired. It was the best of times because we have a passionate and engaged group of members who want to do what is best for this association. We may not necessarily agree on the means, but I think we all agree on the end. What is needed are appropriate channels and leadership.
What now? We have to hold an AGM. To respect our bylaws, this AGM can be scheduled anytime after October 28th, 2014. That being said, I would propose that we hold the meeting in December for the following two reasons: 1. November is quite full with tournaments; and 2. I strongly feel that everyone needs a “cooling-off” period.
Again, I would like to say that I am not rejoicing in what transpired this week. However, to paraphrase a a historian friend of mine: the civil war was probably one of the darkest periods of US history, but out of that turmoil rose a great nation. I am convinced that the OFA is greater than the sum of its parts and out of this week’s turmoil will grow a well managed, well governed and yes a more powerful association.
Thank you again for your contribution and support; and for reminding the leadership of this association of who put us here and why. And yes, for keeping us honest and on our toes.
Watch your emails for a new date, hopefully early December.
PS: A meeting is scheduled for tomorrow but it will not be an AGM. I have no set agenda. People may come or not, as they see fit.
The Ontario Fencing Association
The Ontario Fencing Association is the Provincial governing body for fencing and is mandated by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Health Promotion, to represent all aspects of the Sport of Fencing in Ontario. Click here to find out more about our organization.
Membership format will be different for the 2014-2015 year. Fencers registering for the Competitive, U15 Competitive, and Coaches and Officials will be registering through the CFF using THIS LINK. Recreation, Associate, and Clubs please follow instructions on our Membership Guidelines page. To determine which level of membership suits your needs, please also visit the Guidelines pages.
We have tried to move Recreation and Associate Memberships online this year. Weekly updates will be posted by day-end every Thursday. To find the list of active Recreation Members who have registered online, please follow this link.
Registration is Now Open for the Canada Cup East Senior, Team, University and Veterans / Cadet & Junior Nationals! For more details, please go here.
The TORONTO 2015 Youth Summit taking place next March 21 and 22, 2015 is looking for 300 youth between 16 and 24 years old to participate from across Ontario in a two day event with inspirational speakers, skill-building workshops and community-building activations.
The response to the call for applications has been strong and steadily increasing every day. In order to give as many people as possible a chance to get in their applications from all over the region and beyond, we have decided to extend the deadline by a couple weeks until October 31, 2014.
Please see the Program Overview(E/F/S) and the FAQ documents (E/F/S) for more information, and be sure to visit the Webpage to apply!
The deadline for OFA Executive Director (ED) resumes submission was Friday, September 26. We have reviewed each received resume carefully, and ranked them based on the job description prepared by June McGuire (our retiring ED) and previous Selection Committee discussions.
These resumes have been obtained through the various website postings (Monster, Charity Village, Kijiji, Craigslist, OFA website), and through direct recruiting by members of the committee, and also the members of the CFF. The 30 resumes which were received have all been sent to the Selection Committee members and have been categorised as follows:
1. Top Candidates with ED experience (6 resumes)
2. Top Candidates without ED experience (4 resumes)
3. Other Candidates (20 resumes)
We have spoken directly to the 6 top candidates with ED experience, and the 4 top candidates without ED experience.
The Selection Committee has selected the top four candidates that will advance to the next stage of interviews, which will take place next week.
We target to complete this process and present our recommended ED by October 19, 2014.
The Selection Committee is comprised of the following:
Bogdan Damjanovic, Chair (Toronto Fencing Club)
Lucie Hamelin (Metroblades Fencing Club)
Paul ApSimon (Ottawa RA Fencing Club)
Patricia Howes (RMC Fencing Club)
Kristina Han (My Fencing Club)
If you have any questions about this process, or would like to provide your input, please feel free to email the Chair or one of the other Selection Committee members.
Please find enclosed documents for the OFA AGM. As a reminder, the meeting will be held at the following date, place and time:
Sunday, October 19th
Room 307 Athletic Centre (Main Lecture Hall)
University of Toronto
55 Harbour Street
10am - 3pm
If you are unable to attend, please complete the proxy form and return it to the Secretary before the start of the business meeting, with a copy to June McGuire and Lucie Hamelin.
We will hold elections for two board positions: President (currently held by Lucie Hamelin) and Second Vice-president (currently held by Kyle Foster). Both are for a three-year term. Please complete the nomination and send it to the Secretary, with a copy to June McGuire and Lucie Hamelin.
Documents included (We will let you know of any agenda changes as we get closer to the date) :
2. Audited Financial Statements
3. Nomination form
Please email us if you have any questions. Hope to see as many of you as possible on the 19th!