November 30th: WMHA Update, News (Whitby Minor Hockey)

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November 30th: WMHA Update
Submitted By Jane Sedo on Monday, November 30, 2020
Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding. Please know that we truly appreciate it, now more than ever. 

This past summer, our Board of Directors and operations staff worked to build a safe, financially responsible, and inclusive program that put our players back on the ice. This process took a tremendous effort from everyone involved, but most notably you! Your commitment to following safety protocols and your patience made our return to hockey possible. Specifically, our volunteer Coaches, Trainers and COVID-19 Contacts who have done a tremendous job ensuring players could safely participate in the game we all love.

On November 20th, the Government of Ontario made the difficult decision to place the Durham Region under Red Zone restrictions. This was needed to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. At that time, a decision was made to pause our current programming giving us time to evaluate what our path forward would be under these new restrictions.
The WMHA Board of Directors has taken the past 10 days to evaluate all possibilities. This included discussions with the Town of Whitby, Durham Health, and the OMHA.  
After meeting last night, the Board of Directors has committed to keeping our season on pause while we are under Red Zone restrictions. Currently, the Government of Ontario has implemented Red Zone restrictions until December 20th. Therefore, any decision to return to hockey will be determined by the Government’s direction after December 20th
We know this may be disappointing to our members and we want to stress that several scenarios were discussed extensively over the past 10 days.
The WMHA Board of Directors took many factors into consideration when arriving at this decision. The priority of the Association is to ensure the safety of our membership and preserve our future financial position as a not-for-profit organization. 
With over 200 House League and Representative teams and close to 2000 players, it was not possible to provide an equitable cost model for all members.
Earlier this season, the WMHA Board of Directors committed to spending a significant part of our reserve funds and has a responsibility to ensure the remaining reserve funds can sustain the Association in the future.
We are also concerned with the rise in COVID-19 cases across Ontario and specifically in the Durham Region. After examination, we deemed the COVID-19 risk as a high point of concern. 
Again, we know this is not the outcome many of you were hoping for, but the Board is united and confident that we have made the right decision. Unfortunately, the right choice is often the hardest to make.
We will be providing a more detailed update in the form of a FAQ within the next 24hrs.
Thank you!
WMHA – Board of Directors
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