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AGM: Board Member Nominations
Submitted By Jane Sedo on Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday June 5, 2019. Voter registration will commence at 5:30 pm and run until 7:00 pm. The meeting will start promptly at 7pm. 

Multi-purpose Room
Abilities Centre 
55 Gordon Street, Whitby

The WMHA Board of Directors is comprised of 16 members. This year our Association has six outgoing Board members who have spent countless hours of volunteering their time to help support our Association. All members have worked to propel forward positive changes and implement transparency and accountability. We would like to thank them for their leadership and commitment. 

Outgoing Members:

Vince Carere
Lee Kennedy 
Shelagh Jones
Colin Oldman 
Rahim Karmali 
Melanie Burt 

2019-2020 Returning Members:

Bill Bowden
Mark Elsenaar       
Matt Evans                   
Scott Ross      
Neil Wright
Mike McMahon
Jim Lafleur  
Dan Player

This year the Board of Directors will have seven (7) two or three year terms available.
We are happy to announce the following list of nominees:        

Colleen Goodchild
Rahim Karmali
Scott Glew
Amy Knowles
Sean Brown 
Shelagh Jones 
Lee Kennedy
Greg Harper 
Tony Sorichetti 

Below is a short summary of the nominee provided by each candidate. Elections take place at the AGM on June 5th at the Abilities Centre, voter registration begins at 5:30pm. Members are entitled to one vote per registered player, not exceeding two votes.  

All nominees must be in attendance at the Annual General Meeting to stand for or decline nomination. Proxies are not permitted as per our Bylaws.

WMHA 2019-2020 Board Nominees 

Colleen Goodchild

Thanks in advance for your consideration to represent your family’s interests on the Whitby Minor Hockey Association Board of Directors.  I previously served on the Board for two seasons from (2016-2018), holding the positions of Minor/Major Atom House League Director in Year 1, and Secretary-Registrar in Year 2.  During my time as Secretary-Registrar I oversaw an overhaul of our Association’s Bylaws to modernize our operations and conduct.
For the 2018-2019 season, I was busy, still volunteering by contributing to the 75th Anniversary celebrations, helping with the Canadian Tire First Shift Welcome events, assisting with House League Championship weekend, among other jobs. I have managed the social media channels for WMHA since 2015 and have grown our Instagram page in the last year from less than 200 followers to almost 1,000 followers.  My passion is the House League/Community hockey side.  It is the backbone of our Association.  With the new Development Pathway being implemented for Atom and Below, now more than ever, parents and families need guidance to navigate this new approach.  I also believe that the key to any successful organization is communication.  This improves transparency, and in turn, will improve the Association as a whole.
I have two sons involved in WMHA.  My eldest is entering Peewee House League, where my husband is on the bench with his team.  My youngest is on the Atom AA team for next season.   I also have previous Not-for Profit Board experience at the Whitby Curling Club, where I progressed through various positions, serving as Secretary, Vice President, President and Past President.
I work locally in Whitby for the Regional government as a City Planner, managing a team of 8 planners.  My work experiences help me understand how Whitby is going to grow over the next 30 years and provide insight to how the Association can be responsive to the community’s needs.

Rahim Karmali

Since my son started playing in the Whitby Minor Hockey Association, I’ve always been involved and volunteered my time. On ice as a trainer, assistant coach, and now a head coach, being part of the process is what I enjoy.  This willingness to give back and make a difference is what continues to motivate me to this day.

Running for my second term on the Board, many strides have been made but there is much more to do. During my first two years on the Board, I’ve held true to my principles of being honest, transparent and communicating with integrity. I’ve been visible and active, trying to create positive change with the players always being the first and foremost priority.
Having had conversations with parents and coaches, I recognize that the kids must come first.  We have challenges facing us such as the continued growth of half ice hockey, to MD programming, to player and coach selection, I want to continue to be involved in every facet. Making Development a priority, my goal moving forward is to build capacity and forge relationships. A proud resident of Whitby, I take a lot of pride in our Association and all the people who make it what it is. 

Being a Board member is a privilege, not a right.  This role requires a lot of commitment and time.  I’ve always been taught that if you’re going to do something, you do it right.  And so, I am running again to continue to push this Association forward, create systemic growth and build bridges between all the integral parties that make Whitby Hockey one of the most successful organizations in the OMHA.  Our community is growing, we need to create an inclusive environment on and off the ice where all families and players feel a sense of pride. Your support in giving me a voice at the table that echoes the voice of the families and players to create positive change would be very much appreciated. 

Thank You,

Rahim Karmali

Scott Glew 

My Name is Scott Glew…I am a long term resident of the Town of Whitby. My family (including both my sons, ages 8 and 5) have been involved in the Whitby Minor Hockey association for the past five seasons. My sons as players, obviously, while I have been a Trainer, Asst. Coach and the Manager of an Original 4 Team, respectively. My youngest son enjoyed his first full season of hockey in the Tyke Roberts division, where I was fortunate enough to be his head Coach and the Convener of this Division. The role of Convener afforded me the opportunity to meet many great Coaches and families throughout the year and gain some experience within the League setting.

 The final member of Team Glew, our family’s backbone, my wife Tobi, has been the champion of support for the boys and me, to get us where we need to be, on time, fed and hydrated!

The past five seasons have been a wonderful experience for my family and I, getting to know so many kids and their families making friends, learning about being good teammates and having a positive attitude. All of the teams we have been involved with have been supportive, allowing my son’s love for the game to grow, while rekindling it for me!

The Kids! That is why I am doing this, the volunteering, the coaching and the hours of writing emails and pouring over the financial statements, it is all to foster and grow the kids love for the game.

I want the players to want to come to the rink, to feel a part of a team, to learn not just hockey skills but life skills!

Our first year of hockey, those 6am practices were tough, but the kids were troopers! They were all smiling and laughing in the dressing room at the end of practices or games, making friends, telling jokes and hanging out, with some of those friendships spilling over to outside the rink, to play dates and other sports!

I am running for the Whitby Minor Hockey Association Board of Directors to give back to the community, help the organization and grow the kids love for the game. I want every kid to have the opportunity to put on the Jersey, have a favourite number, win the hardest working player belt, receive a medal at the end of the year and say…”I can’t wait to play hockey again!”

I am committed to helping in any way that I can… I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to run for the Board and be part of the team that leads the organization! Again, my name is Scott Glew and I appreciate your support!!! 
Thank you!

Amy Knowles 

My love for hockey came as a young girl, watching games with my father. Yes I am a Leafs fan, through and through (or should I say blue and blue). When I moved into media 20 years ago, one of my first jobs was with The Hockey News magazine.

This was my dream job, until I had Jackson 9 years later and realized there was more to life than advertising. After some time off with Jack, I went back into sales with my own company JK media. Quickly after my husband and I started our own publication Total Sports magazine for Durham Region.  For the past 8 years we have owned and operated the #1community sports magazine in Durham Region, working with almost every sports organization in our region. I also work full time downtown Toronto for Porter airlines, CAA magazine, The Hockey News and British Airways Media.

Multi tasking is something I take pride in! Sports is a passion of mine and I know my knowledge of the game, my organizational skills, my relationships in Whitby will all help to make me a successful board member for WMHA. 

Thank you for your consideration.

Sean Brown  

I have been a resident of Whitby for the past 11 years and am a father to one boy, 10 and one girl, 8. My son has been a player in the Whitby Minor Hockey Association (WMHA) house league program, since we first put him on skates at the age of four and he will be playing next year with the Atom AE team. In support of my daughter, who has Down syndrome and is Type 1 diabetic, I have volunteered my time and attended various awareness and fundraising events in support. Sports have always been a major passion for me, with an intense love for hockey.  My wife and I have taken great pride in ensuring our family has been involved in healthy activities since they were young.

I have coached both hockey and soccer in the Whitby area throughout the last six years, most recently as a Minor Atom house league coach with the WMHA. The last two years I have also volunteered as the Convener for Novice and Minor Atom/Atom, respectively, and have enjoyed working with the various coaches maintaining scores, notifying of upcoming events and assisting with the management of concerns by coaches and parents.

I am looking to involve myself in a meaningful and impactful way with the WMHA, by participating as a Director. My goal is to work alongside the other Board members, and support the WMHA’s vision of organizing, developing and promoting minor hockey for the youth in Whitby.

Shelagh Jones 

My Name is Shelagh Jones and I have been a member of the WMHA Board of Directors for the past 2 years, I have been the Team Manager for my son’s hockey team for the past 4 years, I was a member of the Whitby Figure Skating Club for 2 years and in my full-time job I am a Human Resources professional.  

During my first year on the Board I held the role of Rep AA Director and last year I transitioned into the new role of VP, Governance and Strategic Planning.  In this new role, I worked closely with the President to ensure effective governance of the Board, consistent with the WMHA By-laws.  

Over the past year I have worked diligently to update the Rep Rules of Operation (ROO).  When I first started volunteering as a Team Manager 4 years ago I realized that the ROO was significantly outdated, therefore one of my first priorities was ensure that the ROO was current, up-to-date and reviewed on an annual basis.  Our By-laws and Rules of Operation are critical to ensure the success and transparency of our association.  In the VP, Governance role I am tasked with oversight related to the adherence and accountability to the By-Laws.  Some might say I’m a bit of a “rules follower”.

The organization has taken great strides over the past two years to improve the overall experience of WMHA.   Saying this, I feel we still have a lot of work to do to continue to grow WMHA and improve our children’s experience.   Over the next couple of years we have great opportunities ahead as we implement the new Initiation and Novice to Atom programming initiated by Hockey Canada which encourages the growth of foundational skills and the overall quality of the hockey experience. The future of hockey lies with today’s youth, the success of our hockey programming lies with us; dedicated parents, volunteers, coaches and all others associated with the great game of hockey.  

I am committed to continue to have you and your child’s best interest in mind.  I am hopeful you can support me by voting for me and allowing me to represent you and finish what I started.  Together, let’s make WMHA the best hockey association in Ontario and something you can be proud to be a part of.

Lee Kennedy 

4 year actively volunteering within association 

2015-2016  1st year as a Convenor for Novice where I assisted the Tyke Director in communication to parents and coaches.

2016 asked to run for the Board of Directors by the Tyke Coordinator; attended the AGM where I as given a 3 year board director mandate by the association 

2016-2017 Representative “A” Director. Assisted coaches and teams from  Novice to Midget with any issues.  

2017-2018 VP Risk Management and OMHA contact. Oversight for association as it related to Code of Conduct for the membership and was the direct contact to the OMHA for any communications for our association. 

During my time as the VP of Risk  I started the external discipline committee, this is a fundamental shift in the way our association responds to and investigates any code of conduct matters. No longer are matters investigated by the Board of Directors and all matters are reviewed and assigned by the OMHA and WMHA where applicable. 

2018-2019 Rep Coordinator. Responsible for the oversight and implementation of all representative level  hockey programming.
During my time as Rep Coordinator I have focused on programming with the implementation of cross ice and half ice hockey being my main focus. I have also introduced more AE teams, shifted the focus of rep hockey from Minor Peewee down to include 2 AA teams where possible and finally for the 2019-2020 season introduce MD hockey at Minor Bantam and above; a move that will allow more players to enjoy representative hockey in a non-contact setting 

Other key initiatives underway establishing a second Silver Stick hockey tournament for our community. Our Gloria Rints Memorial Silver Stick is one of the very best run tournaments in Ontario and provides valuable  money to help keep the costs of hockey down. Over the past two years I have been working towards gaining further tournament sanctions from the international Silver Stick committee in efforts of getting more high quality hockey into our community. 

Being a volunteer within our organization has been a tremendous amount of work but has also been a tremendous honour. 


Lee Kennedy 

Greg Harper 

My name is Greg Harper and I've been volunteering with WMHA for 20 yrs. During this time, I've coached kids at all levels, from House League to AAA. I was also a coaching mentor. This experience gave me an understanding that players' needs and priorities differ depending on age and level and that each child learns in their own way. Those who know me know that I believe strongly in fairness and creating an environment that gives each player the opportunity to develop to their maximum potential.

Tony Sorichetti 

Born, 1965 in Whitby Ontario. Youngest of 7 boys and has 1 younger sister.

Tony has been married to Niki since 1996 and has 4 children (2G/2B) ranging from 10 to 16 years of age of which two sons are currently involved in hockey and lacrosse at the rep level and a daughter playing field lacrosse.

As a life long resident of Whitby, Tony attended St. John The Evangelist Catholic Elementary School, Henry Street High School, and Ryerson obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Science with a major in Project Management. 

From graduation to present day Tony has been operating family business’ within the construction industry and and has been based out of the Durham Region, with the exception of being a Construction Manager for Clearnet & Telus Mobility. 

Tony has seen the minor sports organizations evolve and grow in Whitby while its population grew from less than 10 000 to its current population of 128 000

Tony has provided many years of volunteer service including several years on minor sports board of directors most notably:

St John The Evangelist Parent Teacher Council

2011, 2012

Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association

Coach - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Convener - 2010
VP House League - 2011
President - 2012
VP Rep - 2016, 2017

Whitby Minor Hockey Association

Team Manager - 2011/12 Select 7,
Team Manager - 2012/13 Novice AAA,
Team Manager - 2016/17 Select 6,
Team Manager - 2017/18 MD7,
Team Manager - 2018/19 Novice AAA

Whitby Warriors Jr. A Lacrosse Club

Treasurer - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
VP - 2015, 2016

Tony is firmly committed to providing his managerial and organizational skills while striving for continuous improvement in all endeavors for the benefit of the players involved in minor sports.

Thank you to all nominees.

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