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President's Message - Spring, 2022

As we say good-bye to 2021 and look forward to a fresh start in 2022, I can't help but be positive and believe that this year will have better days ahead. We as a society definitely deserve it, and as a person who is a "glass is half full" kind of guy, I have to believe it will be, and am going to do my best to focus on the positive things going on in our business for my reports.

Golf courses once again had a great year in 2021, with many facilities reporting record rounds played. The BCGSA has also seen its highest numbers ever, with over 400 current active members. Thank you all for your continued support on being a part of our growing association, and helping us continue to improve on what we can offer our members in the years to come.

We were fortunate to be able to once again host the Professional Development Days in Victoria in November. Attendance was strong, even though there were several last minute cancellations due to travel restrictions, mainly due to the floods the province suffered, many still made the trip and enjoyed getting back to seeing each other in person. The speaker line-up was outstanding, and we were once again able to raise some money for M.S. A big shout out to all those who made the event happen, our events committee, our incredible volunteer Dena Gent, our delegates, our M.C. Miranda Robinson who did an amazing job, and last but most importantly, our industry sponsors who make this event possible!

I would also like to recognize Mr. Tom Altmann, who had to resign from the board as he moves on to a new career outside of our industry. Tom spent nine years on the BCGSA Board as our Kootenay Representative, and was always a voice of reason and compassion at our meetings. When Tom informed me he was stepping down, he said his only regret was that he didn't volunteer sooner, as he truly enjoyed his time on the board and the relationships he built within our industry. Thank you for your service Tom, and we wish you and your family all the best with your new career, and look forward to seeing you at the next Exchange event in the Kootenays.

It's also been another year of success for some of our BCGSA members as they are being recognized at the National level through awards handed out by the CGSA for 2021. On behalf of our provincial board and all our members, I'd like to congratulate the following members for their accomplishments and dedication to their facilities and their profession. Dean Piller, winner of the CGSA/Gord Witteveen Award for best Article, Paul Davey, winner of the CGSA/Toro Assistant Superintendent of the Year, and Keith Lyall for winning the CGSA/Rainbird Environmental Achievement Award. Well done gentlemen!

Wishing you all a great spring and 2022 season!

Respectfully submitted

Warren Blue
President, BCGSA


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