A Message from Golf Committee Chair: Liz Thompson

September 8, 2021 3 min read

With this year marking the 40th Anniversary of Calgary Academy, the CA community has set out to celebrate in a big way! With multiple celebrations planned throughout the 2021-2022 school year it promises to be a year to remember.

The first anniversary event will be the golf tournament, which will be hosted at Bearspaw Golf Course on September 27. The committee working to plan and facilitate the event is made up of dedicated staff members and parents, many of which have been involved in the golf program over the years, and all of whom are passionate about the Calgary Academy mission and vision. The committee is made up of myself – Liz Thompson – Sean Chursinoff, Erin Ellis, Neil Frail, Sarah Hoag, Alison Kolodnicki, Aaron Lane, Jeff Masse, Lindsey Meredith, Steve Patterson, Nick Waterbury, Marla Van Gelder, Markus Gierl, Rod Fleck and Patricia Lisevich.

For myself, my interest in joining the golf committee stems from my time working in the golf industry. After graduating high school, I like many young students was looking for a summer job and landed at a local course that I had grown up playing at. What started as a summer gig answering phones and booking tee times, turned into eight years of work that saw me planning major tournaments and helping to manage the pro shop. Even after I began my teaching career at Calgary Academy, I continued working at the golf course part time for a couple of summers, not because I needed to, but because it was so hard to say goodbye. See, the reasons I loved working at the golf course, are some of the same reasons I love working at CA: working in a tight knit community, developing relationships with those around me, and working to meet the needs of those who frequented the course. Over those eight years I learned valuable lessons and developed many skills and am thrilled that for a brief time I have the opportunity to put those skills to good use as we plan this golf tournament.

Our hope is that the golf tournament is a fun day to connect, celebrate and share all the things we love about the Calgary Academy community. However, I would be remiss if we didn’t also highlight that it will also serve as an opportunity for the school to raise funds – through the purchase of registration fees, a 50/50 draw and a silent auction. Funds raised will go towards a new Knights Bus, and the CAPA Student Bursary Fund, both areas where funds are much needed. If you’re still on the fence about registering, join us! I promise you a day of fun, filled with opportunities to reconnect with other CA stakeholders!