Dear Members & Readers
This has now become an annual tradition for me since I became the Chair of the Association a few years ago. It is the one point in the year where I speak directly to our Members & Readers on the progress we are making as an Association and a sector.
Without question, 2014 has been a landmark year for the Charitable Gaming Sector and especially the Revitalization of Charitable (Bingo) Gaming,which has seen the channel now grow to twenty six (26) converted Centres as we close the year. These conversions of Bingo Halls into c-Gaming Centres is only achieved through the co-operation and co-ordination of Municipalities, Charities, Crown Corporations and the Commercial Operators all working together to achieve a common objective and Revitalize the Charitable Gaming Sector, which does so much good in the local communities where they are located.
The hard work and dedication that has been given by numerous individuals in the OLG, AGCO, Charities and Gaming Centre staff has really been tremendous. Without their combined energy the conversion process would not happen as smoothly as it now does. At the OLG we have seen a change in leadership from Mr. George Sweny (SVP) to Mr. Greg McKenzie (SVP) and the further appointment within the last six weeks of the year of a c-Gaming VP – Mr. Rick Gray, which is encouraging and offers opportunities for the year ahead.
During the course of the year the Association increased its membership and is reaching out to other Commercial Operators who have expressed an interest in joining the CGAO, which is tremendous and shows that working and standing together works to everyone’s benefit. I look forward to welcoming them into the fold once they are ready to join.
It is important to acknowledge the work of my Board Members who have dedicated their time through the year to drive our strategy forward. Their contributions have been of real value and I wanted to publicly thank each and every one of them. Also, I want to acknowledge the glue that binds this Association together, tireless hard work and dedication (mainly in the background) but without this individual we would never complete all the initiatives, meetings, presentations and notes. Naturally I am referring to our Administrator, Ms. Sandi Nesbitt. I want to thank her for another excellent year of hard work – well done Sandi.
Finally, I want to wish you and your families a very happy Holiday Season and a very successful 2015.
Michael E. Orser
Chair – CGAO Board of Directors.