What I like about the current national board of the Canadian PGA is that it’s spending a lot of time listening to the each of the zones. My own feeling is that it truly honestly cares about what each zone is doing and how they’re doing it.
Everybody is learning to play in the same playground, which wasn’t always the case.
What I hope is happening is that everybody’s respecting how each zone has its own priorities. Alberta members might say these are the three things that are important to us, but Ontario might have three different things that are important to that zone.
As much as we’re all members of the Canadian PGA, at the zone level, we still also have to listen to our members about priorities. If it’s education, then you make sure your education programs are at the top. Do they want more tournaments? What about employment strategies?
What’s great about the way it works now is that we can sit as a group and share and learn from one another and that’s not something that’s exclusive to golf professionals. I think people in other professions have learned that some of our greatest successes might have began with other people.
If it wasn’t for the members who went ahead of us, where would we be? In our education programs, we’re trying to emphasize how to learn and you learn from others. You learn from people who have gone through what you may be going through now.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I’ve learned a lot from being a member of the Canadian PGA who runs a club to sitting on the board for the Alberta PGA. I learned so much from the people on the board ahead of me and I continue to learn from them.
Whether they’re still on the board or not, they’re still advisors and mentors of mine.
As important as formal education programs are, we quite often find the best teachers are around us on a regular basis.