The Gaelic Athletic Association's Canadian County Board's Annual Convention took place December 9 in Ajax, Ontario. In six provinces of Canada are 13 cities with 19 affiliated GAA clubs. Going from West to East (7,349 km in total) one finds British Columbia’s Vancouver Irish Sporting and Social Club; Alberta’s Calgary Chieftains, Red Deer Eire Ogs (Mens), Edmonton Wolfe Tones, Fort McMurray Shamrocks; Ontario’s Toronto St. Mikes, St. Pats (Mens), St. Vincents (Mens), Gaels (Mens), Camogie Club, Hurling Club, Durham Robert Emmets, Brampton Roger Casements, Ottawa Gaels and Hurling Club, Quebec’s Montreal Shamrocks, Quebec City’s Les Patriotes, Nova Scotia's Halifax Gaels and Newfoundland/Labrador’s St. John's Avalon Harps.
Minor teams were present with representatives from the Toronto Chieftains, Durham Shamrocks and Brampton Rebels. The Western Canadian Divisional Board was represented by Gary Dolan (Fort McMurray) and the Toronto Divisional Board by President Sean Harte.
Special guests were Vice-Chairman Uladh C.L.G. Martin McAviney and Secretary Uladh C.L.G. Danny Murphy who both gave encouraging and informative addresses to the attendees. They were pleased to see the Convention's continued attention to the Canadian County Board's Strategic Review and Action Plan (2012-2015) which was developed under the leadership of High Performance Director Dr. Eugene Young and Overseas Chairman Tom Daly from Ulster Council.
A motion by the Canadian County Board to change Bye Law 17.01 - "The maximum number of Sanctioned Players permitted to register with any Club under the Jurisdiction of the Canadian County Board is Seven (7). A Club fielding a Second Team is permitted to register Three (3) additional Sanctioned Players" be amended to read - "The maximum number of Sanctioned Players permitted to register with any Club under the Jurisdiction of the Canadian County Board is Seven (7). A Club fielding a Second Team is permitted to register Three (3) additional Sanctioned Players. All Sanctioned players are to be graded by their Club and communicated to the Canadian Board by July 15th" was carried unanimously by delegates.
The proposal for a Canadian Championship in Toronto for September 2013 has been presently set aside by the County Board. Further feasibility studies will continue to take place to address the challenges faced by such a broad country as Canada.
Ulster Secretary Danny Murphy conducted the election of officers where Chairman Brian Farmer (Durham Robert Emmets) was acclaimed to a three year term. The following were acclaimed to one year terms: Vice-Chairman Yvonne Morley (Toronto - St. Pats), Treasurer Eddie Mangan (Durham Robert Emmets) and Secretary John O'Flynn (Vancouver - ISSC).
Former Vice-Chair Jarlath Connaughton (Ottawa Gaels) and Former Development Officer Lorraine Morley (Toronto - St. Pats) did not seek re-election. Their many years of service on the County Board were applauded by delegates at Convention's end.
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