As per the current by-laws, and outlined in section 50. The board of directors has unanimously voted to amend the by-laws to expand the number of elected position, and to formally recognize the non-voting officials involved in the day to day operations of the OGHA. In order to formally sanction these changes, an affirmation vote of two-thirds of those registered to attend the 2021 AGM is required. The fully revised document can be found here.
The following is a summary of the amendments:
My daughter is in her fifth year as an OGHA player. We came from West End (WEHL) and moved to OGHA because of the great coaching staff and a hands-on attitude within the association. I joined the BoD as VP Marketing in 2018 for the two year term and started working on an OGHA that is more visible within the community. With very limited online and community presence, some of the tasks we took on were renewing and expanding Social Media; engaging with main stream community media (Ottawa Sportspages; Community newspapers); building relationships with radio and TV (CTV; CFRA; Rogers) and much more. In addition, we rebuild communication within the organisation; joined community programs like the Strathcona Tigers and the NHL First Shift and built a close link to OSEG; PWHLPA and others. Another part was lobbying the City for more equitable access to ice. With the return to a more "normal" season of 2021/22 we can build on this basis and form OGHA as Ottawa's premier hockey association for girls and women.
I have two daughters that are heavily involved in hockey and have been for many years. Having one daughter in house league and another playing top level competitive hockey allows me to look at issues from very different perspectives which I believe would be an asset for a member of the board. Over the years I've been involved as Manager and/or Treasurer for multiple teams, was responsible for entering scores for entire age groups for the ODWHA for two seasons and last season I managed the U15 Cohort 1 which my daughter was a part of. I believe my experience and organizational skills would qualify me to be a valuable member of the board particularly in the role of Registrar.
As a member of OGHA since 2016, I have acted in a trainer and den-mom capacity at the peewee and bantam recreational levels. Prior to this, I was a trainer with OEMHA at the novice and atom level. Growing up, I played competitive women's hockey year-round and enjoy giving back to the game. Professionally, I am a Registered Nurse, Registered Psychotherapist and doctoral student (counselling psychology) with a private practice. I am passionate about women's health and empowerment as a mental health professional, and am motivated to build a strong rapport with members to understand their needs, helping them to learn and develop life skills through the game of hockey.