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President's Message - Summer, 2020

Living through a pandemic for the entire spring came with many challenges. From the province declaring a state of emergency days before spring began, to three phases of a re-opening plan, British Columbia has been applauded for how it has handled this global issue.

The relative success our province has had has surely had something to do with the fact that leaders, starting with Dr. Bonnie Henry and regional health authorities, reacted quickly and put numerous emergency measures in place such as physical distancing and self-isolation. Even with this direction, it was often difficult to decipher how specific industries should react, golf included.

As leaders at the golf courses we are employed by, we play key roles in helping shape the operation of the club and certainly the departments we oversee. Every club and circumstance was surely unique and hopefully you were put in a situation where you and your respective teams could succeed. As leaders, we tend to naturally place ourselves in the shoes of those we are making decisions on behalf of, try to do our best for the greater good, and represent those who may not have a voice at the table. With the curve flattening and as we adjust to this new normal there are many questions that remain but we are fortunate our industry and the game we love is thriving to not only support the economy, but act as a healthy option for golfers and employees alike.

Although it is with regret that we had to cancel the BCGSA Exchange for 2020, we appreciate the continued support from our members at a time when it could have been an easy decision to take a year off. With the Canadian Golf Industry Show that was scheduled for Vancouver 2020 having been cancelled as well, the Board of Directors and regional executives are continuing to seek opportunities for education and networking in modified formats.

In the interim, reach out to fellow members including industry as there are many new employee management, course maintenance and safety practices being implemented that will stick around far beyond this pandemic. It has truly challenged us to think outside the box, which has been refreshing in many ways.

Wishing you all the best through the rest of 2020, you should be applauded for leading your organizations to success and being a contributor to one of the most successful provinces in our great nation. Congratulations!

Respectfully submitted,

Jamie Robb
President, BCGSA

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