At the Ottawa Valley Curling Association's Annual General Meeting there was a round table discussion as to how to recruit new curlers for our clubs. The OVCA board of directors continued this discussion with the CCA. Through these informative discussions the OVCA realized it was time to revisit our mandate and mission to ensure we are meeting the needs of two vital stakeholders – the clubs and curlers.
For many years, the Ottawa Valley Curling Association (OVCA) has provided an array of services to clubs including a number of bonspiels, coaching/teaching programs, funding for capital projects and web communication. We continue to be committed to providing the most relevant services to its member clubs and curlers. As such, it is important that the OVCA consult and listen to its members.
With the changing nature of curling clubs and the demographics of curlers, the OVCA must ensure that its mission, goals, objectives and resulting services are aligned with the needs of its members. Therefore, the OVCA Board of Directors has decided to conduct a review of this direction.
This review will begin in December and be completed by spring at which time the OVCA Board will decide on any changes necessary. The first step in the process will be to gather feedback from clubs and curlers to provide input to the review exercise. The review team will be contacting club presidents and managers to obtain their perspective with respect to the OVCA and its programs. In addition, short questionnaires will be used to collect information from curlers. After discussion of the data collected and the view of curlers, the Board will decide on what if any changes are appropriate and clubs will be consulted on any proposed changes.