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|Message from the President, December 2011|
As we approach the end of 2011 it is time to look back at the things we achieved during the year and the things we hope to achieve in 2012.
The past year has been a productive year for the CBF. Here are some of our activities and accomplishments in 2011:
1. We organized several successful events (the Canadian Bridge Championships in Regina, the CBF International Fund regional in Montreal, the Erin Berry and Helen Shields Rookie-Master games at clubs);
2. Three teams (Open, Women and Seniors), supported by the CBF, represented Canada at the 40th World Bridge Championships in Veldhoven, Netherlands;
3. We created the Mini Richmond Awards to be awarded, starting in 2012, to CBF members who win the most master points in the different categories (starting with Rookie [0 – 5 MP] up to Diamond Life Master [5,000 - 7,500 MP]);
4. On behalf of Canadian bridge players, the CBF Charitable Foundation donated $18,000 to organizations that assist and improve the life of seniors across the country;
5. We inducted five more great Canadian bridge personalities into the Canadian Bridge Hall of Fame;
6. The CBF donated $5,000 to the Toronto NABC Organizing Committee to assist with the organization of the NABC; and
7. We continued our liaison with WBF and ACBL management to ensure that our voice is heard and to resolve issues of importance to the CBF and Canadian bridge players.
In 2012 we look to carry on with many of the above activities, as well as:
1. At the 2012 Canadian Bridge Championships we are introducing the new Canadian Open Team Championship – Flight C (restricted to players with fewer than 1000 master points);
2. Under the supervision of our national coaches (Eric Kokish and Beverly Kraft) and our new Junior Manager (Bryan Maksymetz) our Junior Program kicks into gear in preparation for the World Youth Team Championships (Tai Cang City, China - July 24 – August 4, 2012);
3. We will continue our efforts to increase the CBF membership from its current levels; and
4. We will continue to explore ways to gain government financial support for our sport of bridge.
I want to thank our Executive Assistant Jan Anderson and my colleagues on the CBF board for their tireless work in support of our goals, and I look for your support to help us achieve our mission to promote bridge within Canada, and to protect and advance the national interests of Canadian bridge. You can help us by making sure to include CBF membership dues when you renew your ACBL membership.
Best wishes to you and your family for the Holiday Season and I hope to see many of you at the upcoming CBF International Fund regional in Toronto (January 24-29, 2012) and/or at the Canadian Bridge Championships in Montreal (April 28-May 5, 2012).
Executive Assistant/Adjointe administrative
2719 East Jolly Place
Regina SK S4V 0X8
|CANADIAN BRIDGE FEDERATION MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Canadian Bridge Federation is to promote bridge within Canada and protect and advance the national interests of Canadian bridge, including the selection and support of Canadian bridge teams and players for international bridge competition.
MISSION DE LA FÉDÉRATION CANADIENNE DE BRIDGE
La mission de la Fédération canadienne de bridge est de promouvoir le bridge à travers le Canada et de mettre de l'avant et protéger les intérêts du bridge canadien, incluant la sélection et le soutien des équipes et des joueurs de bridge canadiens qui représentent le Canada dans des compétitions internationales.