On Sunday, April 27 at 1:00 PM, a special general meeting of the OCA will be held at the Mississaugua Golf & Country Club. At this meeting, the executive of the OCA will lay out a proposed pathway for the future of the organization. On the agenda, there are non-confidence motions with respect to both the current president and the current board of the OCA; the details of this pathway and the meeting itself represent a clear crossroad for the OCA’s current executive.
The TCA Board has been watching the Ontario Curling Association and its challenges very carefully over the last eight months. Our concerns have mounted and we have begun actively communicating with the Ottawa Valley Curling Association (OVCA) and the Hamilton Area Curling Association (HACA) about an unconscionable state of affairs. It is apparent the organization is not operating efficiently or effectively and the credibility of the OCA’s leadership is currently in question. We are all very concerned with what we have been witnessing.
On Sunday, March 30, the OCA hosted a special general meeting at the Annandale Golf & Country Club. The objective of that meeting had been to clarify the issues surrounding the OCA’s challenges in working with the Canadian Curling Association (CCA) and to explain why our provincial association found itself “a member not in good standing,” of the national body.
The minutes of this recent meeting will accessible before the end of April. (A draft set of these minutes has been circulated and can be provided on request.) In these minutes you will find an OCA admission that its communication efforts with both OCA reps and with member clubs have been sorely lacking and that it needs to improve its efforts. You will also find an OCA commitment to greater transparency and to a review of governance and policies.
The Toronto Curling Association believes that the OCA must clean house in a significant manner. The OVCA and HACA hold the same general belief. We will be very pleased if the OCA’s communications between now and the 27th of April — and its presentation at that meeting — can rebuild the confidence of Ontario curlers in our provincial association.
TCA member clubs are urged to attend this important meeting, to voice their concerns and to communicate with their OCA reps regarding the current state of affairs.
If you have questions, comments or concerns, I am available to speak about the TCA’s perspective on the matters.
Hugh Murphy, President
Toronto Curling Association
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