I have decided to post this message which was sent out via e-mail on Wednesday, August 6th. It is not a complete synopsis of the "why's" and the "what now's" but does give you some of the important information. In response to the new groupings suggested for September we have had some negative feedback which is to be somewhat expected. We do apologize for the changes but as stated in the meeting we have worked hard to create a program that will be functional for all. Please work with us over the next few weeks in a professional and courteous fashion so that we might best resolve any concerns you might have with the changes.
We will be taking into consideration the feedback we have received up to this point as we strive to consolidate groups and schedules for September.
Dear Tumbling Parents:
June 23, 2008 Don Holmes tendered his resignation to pursue his interest in teaching and further education. Don will be leaving us at the end of August and traveling to China where he will teach English as a second language. He will return to the area next year to pursue his masters and doctorate. We have been very fortunate to have Don, along with Niki, lead our tumbling program the past three years. Although he will be missed, we wish him the very best and look forward to his return as a part time coach while he pursues his educational goals.
Niki Lavoie will replace Don as the Interim Tumbling Director. Niki, myself, other directors, staff and parents will evaluate the program throughout the year to determine the future direction. Niki will work with all groups in the tumbling program to allow for a smooth transition with new coaches joining Dave Harris and Niki. Theresa Mikola will replace Don as a competitive coach. She has 20 plus years of coaching high performance athletes. She is a level 4 Ontario certified coach and a graduate of Seneca College's Coaching Program.
Last night's meeting handouts of Don's letter of resignation along with Theresa's experience were handed out. Copies can be picked up from Agnes at the office. Don & Niki also gave the parents in attendance new schedules and groups as some restructuring was necessary. They also were available to answer questions. Further programming questions should be directed to Niki Lavoie.
The Oakville Gymnastics Club is committed to developing the strongest Tumbling Program possible. Please contact me if I can be any assistance throughout the process.
COO Oakville Gymnastics Club