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EFRA Update - March 28, 2021
Submitted By June Perry on Sunday, March 28, 2021
Yesterday we officially wrapped our on-ice programming for 2020/21 – a year like no other - and I want to extend thanks to our board members, coaches, safety coordinators, parents, and players for coming together to help make it possible...

At the onset of the season we set out with 2 main goals for programming: to give our players a chance to be on the ice, and to keep everyone safe. I am very proud that with everyone’s efforts, we were able to achieve these goals.

Here are a few successes to share from October to March:

  • 65 players - ranging from 7 to 18 years of age – were on the ice an average of twice a week
  • 11 volunteer coaches dedicated their time and energy to plan skills, drills and skating exercises that met distancing requirements and kept players engaged and having fun
  • 6 volunteer COVID19 Safety Coordinators helped parents and players navigate the safety protocols and keep our risk of contacting/spreading COVID low

The safety of our participants was our top concern when deciding to get back on the ice. We were grateful to have so much support and guidance from Ringette Ontario, the Western Region Ringette Association, the Township of Centre Wellington, the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health Unit, and of course Bruce Parkin, our COVID19 Safety Leader.

Looking ahead to next year, I am hopeful that the roll-out of vaccines will continue, and COVID19 cases will reduce sufficiently to allow a more traditional season.

In the meantime, work is needed off-ice to ensure the future growth of our association. We can do this by building awareness of ringette in our community; attracting and retaining new players to our sport; and recruiting and training new coaches and officials.

To achieve these goals, we need everyone’s help.

To that end, I extend an open invitation to please hold June 15th, 7-9 pm, in your calendars for our virtual Annual General Meeting, and consider becoming more involved in the association.

Over recent years, EFRA has benefitted greatly from many parents dedicating their time and skills on the board as their kids have grown and played in our association. In the near future, many of our long standing board members will be looking to move on and many positions will need to be filled.

I implore everyone to please consider joining the board for the coming season and help continue the strong tradition of ringette in Centre Wellington.

If you’re interested, or would like to learn more, please contact [email protected].

Thank you all for making this season a success and I hope to see you at the AGM in June.


June Perry, Chair, EFRA Board of Directors

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