Hart to lead Jets' ascent

By Don Fennell

Published 4:07 PST, Thu February 14, 2019

Last Updated: 2:12 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

Carolyn Hart has a great appreciation for teamwork, a concept she hopes to advance as the newly-elected president of the Richmond Jets Minor Hockey Association.

Voted to the position Feb. 5, Hart is grateful for the opportunity. She also accepts it with a great deal of respect and responsibility.

In a message to members, Hart, a lifelong volunteer, thanked the many people who stepped forward as candidates in the election.

“It is wonderful to know that so many people are willing to volunteer on behalf of the youth of Richmond in leadership roles,” she said.

“I especially want to thank Nigel Shackles. He was volunteering at Seafair Minor Hockey Association when my youngest son started his hockey journey. He has worked extremely hard and has contributed much to our sport. Our paths have crossed many, many times over the years. I sincerely hope that his knowledge and commitment will lead him to volunteer with Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association or BC Hockey. Both organizations would be better for his involvement, just as our organization has been.”

Hart also lauded the other outgoing board members who worked hard this season, and prior to this season, on behalf of the players.

“Their vision led to this day and to our wonderful new community,” she said.

Hart promises to work tirelessly to deliver the best-possible minor hockey program. But she recognizes it will take much more than the efforts of one person.

“To create an outstanding community sport organization, we needall members to contribute in positive ways,” she said.

Looking toward the Jets’ second season in 2019-20, Hart said the focus must shift from “just getting the player onto the ice” to building a truly outstanding community sports organization. That means examining how best to deliver reasonably-priced programming for every player and on-ice official and valuing and respecting all families and all divisions.

“We must work to retain our current players while continuing to build our membership based by welcoming new families to our sport,” she said.

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