To the Ottawa Ospreys Rugby Football Club Family,
As the incoming President I wanted to take the opportunity to wish all the members of the Ottawa Ospreys a wonderful holiday season.
It is December again and I’m pretty sure none of us could have predicted the year that we have had. Most, if not all, of the challenges we have faced as an organization and individuals has been off and away from the rugby pitch this year. Dealing with Covid has brought to ourselves/our families physical and mental health challenges, among others. However, despite this tough year I have taken heart and hope from the hard work put in by the previous executive group in keeping this great club going during a year and season that barely happened. The positive engagement we have seen over the course of the year to stay in touch, keep each other going, and to be there for each other has been inspiring and really brings into focus that we need to cherish the little things in life – such as our rugby community – that bring us fullness, enjoyment and a community for which I can call my extended family and I for one am proud to be a part of.
The new year is upon us and as we’ve seen around the world “we aren’t out of the woods yet” so I implore you all, to maintain the spirit of the season of hope, family, togetherness as we continue to meet the challenges of the upcoming year, including this virus. Similar to many a ruck, we can conquer this as a team, family and community to continue to support each other through this challenging moment in time.
In closing, we have many challenges ahead of us, but let’s take the time during this holiday season (perhaps more than past years) to take stock in who we have around us and make thanks for the small things in life that bring enjoyment and peace in our lives, I know for me rugby and the rugby club is one of those things.
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
Ottawa Ospreys Rugby Football Club
New Year with a New Executive
At the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Ottawa Ospreys RFC welcomed new members to the executive team to help tackle the next two years in the following portfolios:
- President: Jason Duff
- Vice President: Jason Gray
- Director of Rugby: Jonathan Inman
- Director of Administration: Kim Gray
- Treasurer: Martin Duff
- Director of Communications: Danielle Smith
- Registrar: Kim Gray
- Director of Social: Anne Fagnan
- Volunteer Coordinator: Audrey Heron
- Youth Protection Officer: Danah Aris-Burger
- Director of Senior Women: Andrea Pretty & Leanne Mandzuk
- Director of Senior Men: Adam Desjardins
- Director of Junior Men: Craig Moore
- Director of Junior Women: Danielle Smith
- Director of Minors: Melissa Duff & Matt Waters
The new executive has a lot of work cut out for them with the upcoming 2021 rugby season. Planning will begin in the new year, focusing on indoor training as well as the realignment of the organization to better serve our members.
For more information on the results of the 2020 Annual General Meeting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ottawa Ospreys RFC receives Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund Grant
In September 2020, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities announced an $8 million sports relief fund to help sport and recreation organizations continue to deliver programming in 2020 and beyond.
As you may be aware, many community organization have shut their doors due to the financial burden created by COVID-19, including lost of revenue and increased program costs. The Ottawa Ospreys RFC has experienced the impact and challenges of the pandemic first-hand.
Our Club received confirmation that we are amongst 668 sport and recreation organizations nationally to be provided with the grant support through JumpStart’s Sports Relief Fund. We are thankful to have received this news and to know how positive an impact it will have on sport and recreation organizations, not only in our area, but ultimately, for kids across the country.
With Jumpstarts support, it will enable our club to continue to operate and open opportunities for improved rugby activities in the 2021 rugby season.
For more information on the Canadian Tire Sports Relief Fund, please visit the following website: https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/sport-relief-fund