As 2019 shortly comes to a close and we finish our second year of the three-year strategic plan, we look ahead to 2020 and wonder what some of the new and exciting challenges will be faced next year. It is also the time that we take a moment to reflect and highlight what the Association has accomplished this year from the hard work of ORFA staff, Committees and the Board of Directors:
- As we build on our strategic alliances we continue to have strong partnerships with Marmak Information Technologies, Ontario Good Roads Association, Jet Ice Ltd., I.B. Storey Inc., Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (formerly the National Swimming Pool Foundation), Public Services Health and Safety Association, Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Intact insurance (formerly Frank Cowan Company) and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.
- Our CAO, John Milton, was approved as a new member of the TSSA Boiler and Pressure Vessels Council. Thank you to John and Terry for continuing to build upon and strengthening our partnerships for the ORFA.
- The new ORFA online store. The one stop shop for all your logbook needs and more. This is an addition to the great website we already have. If you haven’t visited the website lately to use any of the member resources I encourage you to do so as this is a huge benefit to you as a member.
- Draft Guidelines & Best Practices, under the discussion section of the ORFA website. This is your chance for you as the member to review and add information to the topics at hand.
- Recreation Facilities Emergency Management Forum 2020. We are really looking forward to bringing this much needed event to the membership in June next year.
- After a lot of hard work from ORFA staff and Committee members we had some course updates this past year at the APDP in Guelph with the revised Legal I and II/AFO/BAR/IMEO/IMPT courses.
- This year marked another first for the ORFA. An instructional team crossed into the United Kingdom to deliver an Ice Making and Painting Technologies course at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, England.
- The new Accessibility and Inclusion Award. Recognizing those members who are working hard to ensure everyone has the same independence coming through our facilities.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to say a huge thank you to the ORFA staff, they consistently go above and beyond. The continuous hard work and dedication that you provide is noticed by all and very much appreciated.
I would like to say thank you to the Board of Directors for your professionalism, support and friendship over this past year. I have enjoyed all of our discussions and how each of you bring your insight and experience to the table to put the Association first. I look forward to working with you again this coming year as 2020 will be even more exciting.
To the membership, I was fortunate enough to have some great opportunities this past year, to meet more people and network so I thank you for that. I would like to encourage you to put your name forward to become more involved with your Association during next year’s fall elections for the 2021/2022 term.
Ed Greer, CRFP, CIT, CARPT
President and Chair of the Board