Tuesday evening will be a special time for me, not only because I’m going back for a visit to Angus Glen, where I worked for years, but also because the Ontario PGA is paying tribute to retiring director of operations Heather Howell at its 2011 awards night.
We both started at the same time 29 years ago and Heather became a special lady in my career. Every time, I see her I tell her I don’t even remember the year we started, but she keeps me on track, which was the case as our careers progressed.
I was captain and president of the Ontario assistants and went on to become chair of the employment committee, so I worked closely with Heather.
In my early days as an assistant, we ran a lot of tournaments. She called me “Trouble” because I’d always have to change something, or I needed something, or I forgot something and she was always there to bail me out.
I don’t play many tournaments any more, but even at my last event, I needed a favour from her. No wonder I earned the nickname, Trouble.
Heather has been through thick and thin with the association. She’s been the rock and everyone knows her and loves her. She will be missed.
We have a wonderful staff and I know they look up to her, so it won’t be the same without Heather, but she deserves a great retirement after being a special part of not only my life, but many others.