Growing up and living in Canada, skating was a sport I participated in for many years. I took community centre lessons and joined in recreational skating with friends. My family once owned a cottage at Sugar Lake in Parry Sound area where we would go skating in the winter. Having a cottage allowed my cousins and I to skate and play hockey on the lake endlessly during the winter months. Now, many years later, I have my own children and I want them to enjoy skating as much as I do.
Having recently purchased a cottage in 2012 my children showed increased interest in learning to skate and we’ve spent many weekends clearing the snow off the lake to make an ice rink. A year later, my children were signed up for skating lessons at the Woodbridge Figure Skating Club (“WFSC”) and they really enjoyed learning different skating techniques and developing their skating abilities.
As a sport so many families participate in and enjoy during the (long) winter months, I decided to join the WFSC’s Board of Directors as a volunteer. I was interested in learning more about the club and the responsibilities that are required to run and organize the Club. I really wanted to provide my support, experience and expertise. I also wanted to ensure my children, and all the community members who enjoy skating, continue to have the opportunity to develop and improve their skating abilities.
In May 2014, at the Club’s Annual General Meeting, I was elected Treasurer. In the few months I have been treasurer, I have reviewed the past financial documents (financial reporting and budgeting), updated government filing information, prepared bookkeeping and payroll, worked with the board on setting some new policies for the Club and reviewing and setting pricing for the upcoming season.
I’m looking forward to the year ahead as the fall and winter programs begin and working with the board, coaches and members of the Club.
About the organization:
The WFSC was founded in 1958 and is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer Executive Board and Skate Canada Registered Professional Coaches and has over 500 members. WFSC offers figure skating and Canskate classes for toddlers, children and adults. It is also one of a few clubs in Vaughan sanctioned by Skate Canada; the national organization that governs learn-to-skate and figure skating programs across Canada.