March 30, 2020
Dear Humber Valley families,
I am writing to you from my home office. Like most of you I have been social distancing and feeling the impact of these challenging times. I know that there is tremendous disappointment felt by our children with the abrupt cancellation of the hockey season – no end to many exciting playoff match-ups, no year end parties, no goodbyes to friends and coaches. These realities weigh on me and I wish it could have ended differently. However, despite the unfortunate end, I am so proud of all that was accomplished during the 2019-2020 season. On behalf of Humber Valley, I want to congratulate our teams for their amazing seasons and thank all the coaches, managers, volunteers and parents for your countless contributions to our programs and to the development and enjoyment of our players. I know I am not alone in saying that I eagerly await a time when hockey returns – but for now, the priority is ensuring the health and safety of our families and our community while we plan for the future.
So, while it certainly isn’t business as usual, your Humber Valley Board of Directors continues to convene regularly via conference calls and over email to discuss important issues. Here’s what we know today:
- The 2019-2020 season is over. We are working closely with our partners to develop a plan to address the shortened season. As we gain clarity on the financial impact, we will advise all affected families.
- There will be no spring or summer tryouts held by any association sanctioned by Hockey Canada. All tryouts are tentatively scheduled for Fall. More information will be provided as soon as we have something concrete to share.
- Given the unprecedented circumstances, there is no way to effectively hold our Annual General Meeting. For this reason, we have elected to postpone our AGM until further notice.
- And finally, have no doubt, hockey will return to Humber Valley!
With this, we are diligently planning for next season. Registration will open at some point this spring, when Hockey Canada gives the okay. When this happens, it is likely that there will be continued uncertainty and we are developing appropriate contingencies for all possible outcomes. We also know that some in our community are facing financial hardships. To help with all of this, we are promising flexible registration options and looking into partnerships that will ensure that any child in our community that wants to play hockey next season will have the opportunity to do just that.
There is nothing more important right now than banding together as a community even if from a distance. Our Board is looking into ways to support our members through this period and we know that many of you have ideas or are in direct positions to help. If this is you, please reach out and let’s work together to assist our community. And to all members – please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or email@example.com with questions or concerns. You can expect another update with additional details within the next few weeks.
Wishing everyone good health and safety,
Steve Allmen, firstname.lastname@example.org