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Hopefully Lindsay appointment will fix ‘festering problem’

I recently read on Countylive.ca that Lisa Lindsay will join the County’s management team on Nov. 14 as the manager of community centres and events marketing.
Susan Turnbull, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Finance  stated “This new position will allow the County to rethink the way we have been marketing our facilities. A renewed focus and a Manager of Marketing will allow us to maxamize the potential of these centres to work  as financial assests to the County”.

This statement made me think back to the editorial ‘Festering Problem’ that appeared in the Wellington Times on Feb 15, 2012. In his comment, Times editor Rick Conroy stated that “the Recreation Department simply does not understand it is in the customer service business”. He went on to say that many frontline workers in the RPC care about their facilities and wish to provide a great service to their community but he believed that the problem was at the top.

The part of the comment that I found mind boggling was that last year it cost taxpayers $568,357 to subsidize its arenas – 10 times more than it did in 2000. I have obtained a 2012 final operating budget of  the County’s Community Centres and Arenas and feel comfortable quoting these numbers. After reading the festering problem comment eight months ago, I remember very clearly saying to the Times and others that the County should hire Lisa Lindsay to manage the community centres. Of course, I made this statement in jest as I knew that County administration knew that there was a problem, but so far had not made any changes.

I applaud the CAO and his staff for getting it right by hiring Lisa to manage and market these facilities. I personally feel that we are very fortunate to have the ESSROC Centre in the County. I only wish that we had it in 2008 to accommodate the 800 County residents that showed up for the contraversial QHC budget cuts meetings and had to be turned away.

Certainly Lisa will have her challenges and detractors,  but I firmly believe she is the right choice to market these facilities.  She and her family live in the County and are very involved in the community. This fact is reflected in her statement ”I am excited to be part of the development of a new and improved approach to facilities and events where no opportunity is passed by.”
She is well-known for managing the very sucessful County Marathon for the last nine years and overseeing the resurfacing of the Lakeshore track  in Wellington.
As taxpayers let us hope that  this “festering problem” can eventually be alleviated.

-Fran Renoy

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  1. fed up says:

    I agree that this appointment sounds like an excellent choice. Marketing of facilities has been a problem.

    The Wellington Times,however, is a festering problem all on its own. What a rag.

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