2021 /2022 OPA-APO Board and Committee Members

Diana Dowthwaite – President

It’s hard to believe I am approaching my one year anniversary of being retired! I continue to enjoy my pickleball journey, of learning new skills and meeting new members. I have sat on the OPA-APO Board for the last two years as Vice President and President and have been fortunate  to work with an amazing group of volunteers who are continuously looking to improve members experience.  Most recently, the OPA-APO has increased its  leagues by 30 percent with daytime play at the Rideau Hub, improved its assessment process and hired a club pro.

Carl Goldman – Vice-President (Interim), Treasurer

I was introduced to pickleball 3 years ago through a family acquaintance. Having played table tennis recreationally and competitively many years ago in Montreal where I grew up, I immediately became addicted to pickleball and joined the OPA-APO. Playing in the Ottawa/Gatineau pickleball community is extremely gratifying. It allows me to meet wonderful people and expand my circle of friends. I can’t say enough about pickleball. Iregularly promote the sport to family and friends, and to new people I meet.

On the professional side, I am a Chartered Professional Accountant with 25 years of experience working for the Canada Revenue Agency, occupying several auditor and managerial positions. I retired in August 2017 as Manager of the Risk Assessment/Systems Development section in the International and Large Business Directorate.

Since my retirement, I have volunteered preparing income tax returns for seniors, disabled, and low income individuals in the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program offered jointly through the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Ontario and the CRA. I am also a part-time instructor teaching Business Principles at Algonquin College, and volunteer as a league coordinator for the OPA-APO.

Lynda Morgan-Elson – Secretary

I have been playing pickleball for less than 2 years and am loving the sport and the pickleball community. Sports have been a significant part of my life, participating in a variety of sports such as volleyball, badminton, tennis, softball, and football, both competitively and recreationally. The comraderie and lifelong friendships derived from my participation in sports is what I value most, so I am thrilled to find a sport and new friends I can enjoy for many more years. My 31-year career with IBM is ending soon, which will hopefully enable me to spend more time on the courts and to promote this fantastic sport. My volunteering experience includes being president (and other positions) of an Ottawa badminton club, running softball leagues, and many years of volunteering and fundraising for my daughters’ schools. I look forward to contributing to the success of the OPA and pickleball in Ottawa.

Sandra Milton – Advertising/Promotional Chair, Outreach Ambassador, Newsletter

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I love sports and enjoy being with anyone that wants to get out and move! Many, many years ago I heard about pickleball and was invited to play in Florida but thought it a gimmick game. Somehow, I did play and caught the PB bug!

It is such a great sport when meeting people that have the same passion, spirit, desire and does not matter if they are competitive or not – who wouldn’t want to have fun and stay in shape. I have met amazing people and experienced tournaments both in Canada and Florida. My desire is to be part of a great organization that is growing quickly and not discerning of age or cost. My other passions are rowing and kayaking.

 

Garry Logue – Volunteer Chair

I was first introduced to Pickleball in the summer of 2018 at the Britannia Yacht Club where I have been a member for over 25 years. I approached the Pickleballers with initial trepidation for fear they might ask me to try it out, which they did, and which I did, and that was the end of my tennis “career”. 

My corporate career spanned 30 years with Bell Canada mostly in areas that were customer-facing including an 8-year stint in Montreal Headquarters and Quebec Operations, becoming fluently bilingual. This stage was followed by leading a national high tech staffing agency and then becoming “co-inventor” of a travel pillow with my artist wife.

I am currently President of the homeowners’ association where I live in Britannia Village, a position I have held on more than one occasion. I undertake roles where I believe I can get things done and make positive contributions; my wife is an idea person, where the rubber hits the sky, and I am a doer, where it hits the road. 

I want to be a board member to combine my passion for the game with my passion for working with positive organizations.

Lynn Tardif – Social Chair, Facebook

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Hi my name is Lynn and I’m a pickleball addict.

Having never played a racquet sport in my life, when I first saw pickleball beingplayed, I wasn’t that impressed. I reluctantly started playing at the St. Francis drop-inbeginner leagues and quickly became a fan! I’ve played in the drop-ins at the community centres around town and then found the leagues that were offered by the OPA, and the rest is history. Now I play whenever and wherever I can.

Hopefully we can get back on track this coming September and get back to the new normal (darn COVID). I look forward to coordinating some leagues this coming falland helping out wherever I’m needed.

John Margeson – Promotion Chair

I hit my first pickleball in November 2018. Throughout the winter of 2019 I played at the Nepean Sportsplex on a drop-in basis. I joined the OPA-APO in Apr 2019. It provides the opportunity to play challenging pickleball for the portion of the year not covered by the outdoor season. Much effort has obviously gone into building the OPA into what it is today, and I’m happy to make a contribution toward keeping the momentum going.

 

Jim McLachlan – Facilities Chair

I think it was 4 years ago I walked into Dempsey to try a sport I knew little if anything about, on the recommendation of my sister who plays in the US. Having a long background in squash and badminton made the transition a little easier and I was quickly hooked. The people at Dempsey were very welcoming (Knud, Carol, Brian, Pat, the two Mikes) and I was impressed how supportive the community was. While I love the sport the freedom of time retirement brings allows me to pursue other my passions including wilderness canoe tripping, downhill skiing, all pitch, golf and travel.

Educationally I hold a Commerce degree from Queens. My career was about a 50/50 public sector-private sector split in financial and corporate management roles, finishing as an Executive in a small federal environmental agency. 

 

Paul Leck – Skills Development Coordinator

After 32 years in a high school science classroom and coaching various high school and club sports, I retired into the sport of Pickleball. I have been playing for just a year now and enjoy the challenge of learning new skills.  Combining my love of teaching with my Pickleball addiction, I have taken on the new role of skills coordinator to ensure members can develop both player and instructor skills at all levels.  If you want to share your Pickleball experience with others as a skills instructor, please email me at skills@ottawapickleballassociation.com

Michael David – New Member Placement Specialist

I have enjoyed being involved the Ottawa pickleball scene for a few years and have met some amazing people along the way. I have served in various capacities such as Ottawa ambassador, and am a former OPA board member. The sport has come a long way and continues along a positive trajectory guided by an excellent current leadership group. Please reach out to me if you’re new to pickleball – I can help you figure out how to get started. membership@ottawapickleballassociation.com

Evelyn Eldridge – Executive Director  My role as Executive Director is to assist in the growth of pickleball in the Ottawa area by providing support and access to organized leagues, player development, private coaching and local tournaments. 

I am always looking for new venues, initiatives and ways to promote Ottawa pickleball, so please feel free to contact me if you have ideas to share.

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