Note of gratitude to the ringette community

To the ringette community,

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” That quote from A.A. Milne captures how I’m feeling today.

A couple of weeks ago, I informed the Ringette Canada staff and board that I have accepted a new position and will be leaving Ringette Canada.

While this decision was incredibly difficult, the process to get there allowed me to reflect upon my nine-and-a-half years in the Executive Director role.

I am grateful for the privilege of working with so many passionate and dedicated people. From the staff, to the board of directors, our provincial partners, athletes, coaches and officials, and to every volunteer, there has been one common thread – deep-rooted love and loyalty for our sport. I am so proud of all that we have achieved together.

I am particularly proud of the leadership role that the sport of ringette continues to play in the amateur sport sector, in our communities, across Canada and abroad.

I leave Ringette Canada at the end of April full of confidence in our people. I am inspired and in awe of the knowledge, skills and compassion that they bring to the job every day. They are guided by the leadership of an incredible board of directors.

My replacement will be well served by this remarkable team that is prepared to embrace any opportunity and respond to any challenge.

There are no words, though, to express how sincerely grateful I am to the athletes. You are the heart and soul of our sport, the reason why the rest of us do what we do. It has been a great honour to learn, grow and collaborate with you.

This remarkable community has been part of my life since a very young age. Although I will miss the job profoundly, I will remain active as a player and an avid fan in the stands.

On May 2nd, I begin my new position as the first-ever Director of Sport Safety with Hockey Canada. This role will provide an opportunity to pursue my commitment to research and evaluation of best practices, while shaping values-based, safe and welcoming environments for all participants.

Saying goodbye is not easy and I am leaving with a heavy heart. Please know that it has been an absolute privilege to be part of such an amazing community.

– Natasha Johnston

 

Territory acknowledgement

While we are a proud Canadian organization, we acknowledge that our head office is located on traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Ringette Canada extends our respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable contributions to this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

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