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Letter from the Wildcats President
Submitted By Kim Bailey on Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Hello Members

As everyone is well aware, the hockey season has come to an unexpected and abrupt end.  For some that has meant missing out on a few ice times and for others, not having a chance to finish the season on the best note possible.  While the precautions are necessary, it is still a very sad situation no matter how it ended for everyone.

The Wildcats board is looking to the future now and doing our best to plan and prepare as much as possible for next season, although we are still faced with many unknowns at this time.  We will continue to stay on top of the situation and guidance from OWHA and Hockey Canada in order to make sure that we set our girls up as best as possible for the fall and upcoming season.


As you know, cancellation of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year was also necessary. The AGM is always a fun way to wrap up the season for the families and organization. Normally at the AGM, we discuss the year ending, the year’s financial statements and take nominations for the executive positions that are open for the next 2 years.  


Instead, this year we sent a survey out to all members twice looking for feedback.  We hope Wildcats families can take the time to complete the feedback survey if they haven’t already, as this is an opportunity to provide any feedback to us - positive or constructive.  We want to have the best organization for our girls and families possible, and we need your feedback for that to happen. If you haven’t already, please complete the feedback survey here.  


I will be posting the year end financial statements on our website when they are complete.  Obviously, because of the incomplete ending to the year, we have more of a surplus than what we normally would, which puts us in a very good place to enhance next years’ experience for our Wildcats.  


Thanks to the support and hard work of all our volunteers, our tournament this year again was a great success and brought in $28,000.  This money goes right back to the girls - into their development and keeping registration fees as low as possible.   


At the moment, we have been in discussions about providing more player and goalie development sessions to all teams.  The feedback we have received so far is very supportive of the development options and many parents have requested more of them.  So, we have heard this message and are committed to making it happen.  


Every year, half the executive positions are up for nomination.  Below are the positions up for renewal.  Please contact me directly if you have any questions regarding the position or have any interest in submitting your name for a role.  


Open positions for 2020-2021 are:

  • Vice-president

  • Volunteer Director

  • Secretary

  • LLFHL Director

  • Website Director

  • Marketing Director

  • Time Keeper Coordinator

  • Kittens & Novice Director

**All positions are for a 2-year term.


This year, we are excited to announce that we are creating a brand-new position on the board for a Kittens & U9 (Novice) Director.  This person will be responsible for providing communication to the coaches, managers and most importantly, the families in the U7 (Kittens) and U9 (Novice) age groups. This age can be confusing for some parents since this is their first exposure into hockey and/or our association.  It is preferred that this person have experience with the Wildcats and a strong familiarity and understanding of both these age brackets.  


We are almost done updating our association handbook for the upcoming season.  When it is posted, please take a bit of time to review. It will answer many questions that have come up throughout the season. 


Please check the association website and Facebook regularly as they will be updated with new information and updates on the planning that we are doing for the upcoming season.  


Please stay healthy and safe during these challenging times.  


Sincerely,

Krista Wilson 

President

Woodstock Wildcats Girls Hockey Association


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