Executive Committee Letter to the Members regarding President’s recent survey


December 17, 2018

To the Members of the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association:

You may have received an e-mail recently with a letter from Mr. Jay Jordon and a link to a Survey Monkey survey. We are concerned that the letter and the survey sent to you were biased. We would like to clarify that this action was taken by Mr. Jordon himself without the express backing of the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association (OAWA) Executive Committee.

Mr. Jordon made a motion to the Executive to send a letter to Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) demanding the resignations of the Executive Director and President of the Board. The motion was defeated by a vote of 6 – 3. Please note:

• Three members voted to send a letter to WCL demanding the resignation of the Executive Director and President. Those members believed the best way to improve the issues written about in the Bennett Report is a change in leadership at the WCL in hopes that new people in charge will take things in a different direction.
• Six members voted to allow WCL time to take action, investigate the accusations and implement the recommendations in the report; holding WCL accountable in sticking with their process. These Executive members felt calling for resignations at this time was premature and could actually hurt WCL’s administrative ability to assess and act on the report, and ultimately hurt WCL’s ability to help athletes.

The OAWA Executive Committee members answer to the membership, as we have been elected to represent you and act on your behalf in best interests of you and the OAWA. You are free to act upon the letter and the survey invitation from Mr. Jordon as you see fit, but we wanted to clarify our concerns that these are the actions of Mr. Jordon and not the OAWA Executive Committee or Board of Directors.

The OAWA Executive Committee members answer to the membership. We have been elected to represent you and act on your behalf in the best interests of you and the OAWA. Mr. Jordan independently of the OAWA put this survey out as an information tool to help gauge the opinions of the membership on such an important issue. We, the Executive are not sure that Mr. Jordan had a complete email list or if any filtering of the list was done. We want you to know that we are protecting your member information, including your e-mail address.

Thank you for your time. The OAWA takes the safety of our members seriously, we are working on updating our policies, please view our current polices at http://www.oawa.ca/aboutus If anyone has any concerns please bring them forward to our Provincial Director at the OAWA office, admin@oawa.ca or call the OAWA office at (416)426-7274.

Yours Sincerely on behalf of the OAWA Executive Committee

Bill Hogarth, Past President, Laura Jones-Summers, VP Administration

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The president sent out his perosnal survey to over 2000 OAWA members regarding the Bennet Report; the response rate was roughly 150 members. See the survey results here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-GXYP9HC8/