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AEF Elects New Board Members at Annual General Meeting


The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) held its Annual General Meeting March 7, 2024, via Zoom, welcoming new leadership and positioning for ambitious strategic goals for the upcoming year.

During the meeting, new board members were elected, and the previous President-Elect Jason Edworthy assumed the reins as the new President of the organization. Joining Edworthy are newly elected board members Louise Caplan, Alisa Di Benedetto, and Ally Penic.

"We are thrilled to welcome our new board members and are confident in their ability to help lead the Alberta Equestrian Federation towards a future of continued growth and success," said Edworthy. "Their diverse backgrounds and passion for delivering on our mission will be invaluable as we work towards our shared strategic goals."

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AEF welcomes new President Jason Edworthy.

The AEF extended its deepest appreciation to outgoing President Sandy Bell for her transformative leadership over the past three years. Under her guidance, the board evolved significantly, focusing on future planning, competency-based governance, and implementing crucial policies. As Sandy transitions to Past President, the AEF celebrates her legacy of resilience and dedication to the equestrian community, expressing gratitude for her ongoing mentorship.

The AEF also took the opportunity to express sincere gratitude to outgoing board members Mary Bell, Brenda Spanier, and Nicolas Brown for their years of dedicated service and contributions to the organization.

Reflecting on the past year, the AEF highlighted several achievements, including increased clinics, the expansion of the Wild Rose Competition Program, and the certification of 25 per cent of Canada's new NCCP licensed equestrian coaches in 2023.

Looking ahead, the AEF outlined key areas of focus for the upcoming year, including:

  1. Emphasizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the equestrian community.
  2. Introduction and promotion of the Safe Sport Policy Suite to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.
  3. Rollout of a new strategic communication and engagement plan to better connect with members and stakeholders.
  4. Advancing technological capabilities to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of AEF operations.
  5. Implementing a balanced and diverse approach to clinics and events to cater to the needs and interests of all members.

"We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and are committed to fostering a vibrant and inclusive equestrian community in Alberta," said Edworthy. "Together with our dedicated board members, staff, volunteers, and members, we look forward to achieving our vision for the future of the Alberta Equestrian Federation."

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