Devon is Leaving

DevonDevon Rowan came to OCUF in March of 2007. Now in her tenth year with the Foundation, she has decided to move on to a new opportunity. This decision comes on the heels of a very successful fundraiser, talk about going out on a high note!

Over the years she has seen a number of changes with the Foundation, probably safe to say many have occurred over the past fifteen months working with me. Rather than resist change she embraced it. She enhanced processes and procedures based on creative thinking and sound institutional knowledge. Devon has been a pleasure to work with and a great colleague who I could trust and rely on. Board Chair Dan Coldwell said “Devon it’s been an absolute pleasure working with you these past few years. You’ve been a true and loyal soldier for the foundation and we’ll certainly miss you.”

Devon, a sincere than you for your many years of service and dedication to OCUF. On behalf of the many credit union staff, vendors and other associations you have interacted with, we say thank you.

Devon’s last day is June 30th. We wish her the best as she embarks on a new chapter in her life.

Clayton

$79,645!

25th_Golf_Thank_youWow!

25th Golf Classic raises $79,645!

Incredible results from incredible supporters! From our title sponsor Cumis, to all of our sponsors, participants, and friends of the Foundation you all are amazing. With your contributions and support we raised $79,645 to support youth leadership and development of youth in Ontario. Specifically, funds will be directed to the new OCUF Youth Bursary program and the Co-operative Youth Leadership (CYL) program run by On-Coop.

Where do you start in thanking people? Firstly our sponsors truly make this event what it is, so to all of them a big shout out. You can find them all listed here. The participants, both golfers and workshop attendees, contribute immensely by coming out to the event. Thank you. Our many vendors worked with sharp pencils to ensure we could keep expenses as low as possible, so a big thank you to them as well.

We celebrated our 25th Golf Classic this June. It is a milestone we are proud of, and we hope you are as well. As YOUR foundation, OCUF is working hard to showcase the good works we do in bettering our communities across the province. We believe the Youth Bursary program we launched this year will complement the work many credit unions are doing to support youth education. Collectively we do make a difference and we stand proud beside all of you who contributed to our event. And to each of you…we say THANK YOU!

Survey says…

25th_Golf_SurveyThank you to those who submitted responses to the golf and improv survey after our 25th Golf Classic fundraiser.

In a nutshell you have told us you pretty much like things as they are!

Your feedback is important as it allows us to determine what we are doing well and what we can improve. You liked the fun vs golf prowess and made suggestions on some of the hole contests. A whopping 98% indicated they thought the length of the event was “about right.” One of the major “likes” was the networking opportunity so we’ll continue to focus on ways to make that work. The location got high marks as did the Improv (non-golf) workshop. You continue to like our prize table and like the way we posted winning numbers (although we need to improve how we distribute prizes). Thank you for the many positive comments about the day.

You can find the detailed results here OCUF Fundraiser 2016 Survey June 24 2016

Congratulations to Robert Leggo from Your Neighbourhood Credit Union. He won the two Blue Jays tickets graciously donated by Gowling WLG LLP.

 

Contest Winners

The 25th Golf Classic & Improve Your Business Skills workshop couldn’t have got much better. Unlike last year, the weather was fantastic. Lionhead Golf & Country Club staff did an excellent job accommodating us, and guests were busy visiting with old friends. Here are some of winners.DSC_0307

The focus this year was less on golf prowess and more on having fun. That said, the foursome from Hamilton Commercial Printers, Harry Blunt (photo to right) and team were DSC_0300told by the Pro Shop they had one of the lowest net scores ever turned in!

The Tandia team of Kathy Clark, Nancy DiGregorio, Sandy Alward, and Donna Sheppard won the “most honest” team (photo on left). It took the Pro Shop a while to add things up, but they had the highest score. I don’t know about you, but I’d give my money to someone that honest! Way to go ladies.DSC_0304

The putting contest winner (by way of a playoff just before dinner) was Roger Lake from Smart Solutions (photo on right). Anyone who attempted to get the ball though one of the five holes will attest to the fact you had to be a) very good, or b) very lucky!

DSC_0302The Mixed Team was randomly selected from all of those who played. It was great to see so many teams with a mix of men and women. The award went to Team 7A from Alterna. Frugina Ball, Joel Camasta, Velma Jagroop, and Joel Savaglio. Frugina was pretty confident they had won the most honest team award and was surprised when told they did not. Asked if they had had fun and she replied “for sure!”

DSC_0299The Best Dressed Team went to team 11A gathered from PenFinancial. Truth be told they bribed the judge (which was permitted in the rules). Diane Nieuwesteeg, who claimed she was a tall has her age (really!), suggested they were absolutely the best dressed team. Who was going to argue?!

As a result of a communication mix up the On/Off the Green contest, we did a random draw of all who golfed and Dave DSC_0309Stoddard from one of the PACE foursomes won.  He was pleased to have one a dozen Nike golf balls that compliment the now famous “Nike wedge” utilized by a number of the golfers.

And there was our Beat the Pro contest on hole #11. Seven individuals beat the professional golfer. Blake Dumelie, Jason McSpadden, Dave Gunderson, Rick Hamilton, Mark Caulder, Susan Rosen, and Edwin Leung had their names enteDSC_0305red into the draw and the winner was….Susan Rosen from Gowling WLG LLP, playing on team 12A. (photo on right)

Lastly we asked Improv instructor, actor, and comedian Stephanie Herrera from Durham Improv to select one of the Improve Your Business Skills participants for the Best Improv Performance. Stephanie was most impressed with all of those who attended the workshop, but said one person stood out in terms of progress and DSC_0311she was thrilled to announce the winner as Janine Belzak representing St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation. Congratulations Janine, we know you stepped way out of your comfort zone! (photo on left – L Janine R Stephanie)

The real winners of the day will be the 2017 Youth Bursary recipients and the CYL Program.  Thank you to everyone who made the day a huge success!

 

 

 

Photos Are Up

DSC_0144Click on the picture to see the full gallery of photos from the 25th Golf Classic & Improv held June 13, 2016 at the prestigious Lionhead Golf & Country Club. The golfers were challenged on the Master’s course but everyone survived the day with a lot of fun had by all. Pictured here is one of the PACE foursomes catching some shade.

Improve Your Business Skills with Stephanie Herrera was a lot of fun for those learning new improv skills to think quicker and be more creative.

All the photos are downloadable. On the gallery page, click on any of the photos and the full gallery opens up. Choose the photo you want, right click, then “Save image as…”