For Immediate Release
December 10, 2018
Richmond Hill, Ontario – Ontario Equestrian (OE) announces the departure of Board President, Mark Nelson, who has stepped down from his role, effective December 3, 2018.
Mark moved into the role as board President in 2015 and has played a critical role in solidifying the operational and financial functions of the organization. Mark’s leadership has been instrumental in key initiatives such as the organizations restructure, development of OE’s Strategic Plan, implementation of the rebrand, and support of OE’s revised by-laws. Mark’s departure now leads him back to familiar ground as he re-joins the board of the new Ontario Eventing Association (OEA – Formerly, OHTA.)
“Mark will be missed,” said in-coming Board President Peter Chiddy and Tracey McCague-McElrea, Executive Director of OE. “We are sad to see him go but we’re very grateful for his contribution to the organization and we share in his excitement towards his new focus.”
“It’s been my distinct privilege to have served as President of Ontario Equestrian over these last 3 years”, said Mark. “The opportunity to work with such a creative, talented team has been a pleasure, and it’s been a singular honour to support the strategic plan and re-brand which has really shaped OE’s adventurous direction.”
The organizations Board of Directors now welcomes former Vice President, Peter Chiddy as the new President. Peter has worked extensively with Mark throughout his tenure and is well positioned to help guide OE and the Board through a continuation of the evolution that he and Mark began. The Board also welcomes former director, Jean Szkotnicki as Vice President. The organization continues to look forward to building relationships with discipline associations across the sport and providing best in class programs for its members.
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