The Canadian PGA held its Centennial Gala Monday evening in Gatineau, Que., and looking all the way back to the association’s roots, the biggest change, in my mind, is in education and employment.
We’ve been really focusing on making sure that our members are getting jobs and education is a big part of that goal. We’ve made huge strides in how we’re training our professionals.
We’ve become diversified. There are different avenues you can travel in order to be a part of this industry and still be a Canadian PGA member, be it as a sales rep, player, manager, merchandiser or clubfitter. We’ve expanded our horizons.
Education also helps us groom our staff members to be future leaders. Mentorship is such a big part of growth as is relationships. In my case, I know I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in if not for the people I’ve been involved with over the years.
Like any other association, the Canadian PGA is what you make of it. I think we’ve come a long way and they’re making every attempt to keep that going.
Education, employment and mentorship will always be an ongoing process. It’s no different than our jobs – every day, you’ve got to go in and make things better.
The staff at the Canadian PGA and the various zones are increasing awareness in our communities. They’re making sure we’re aligned with great partners. They’re ensuring the marketability and promotion of the golf professional continues.
Now, that we’ve enjoyed the celebration of the Canadian PGA’s past, we’ll enter into our second 100 years with the same values.