Setting The Stage For the Successful Future of Organized Recreational Snowmobiling in Ontario
(Barrie, ON: March 3, 2022) – Last night, the membership of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) approved a new strategic plan. The new plan received a strong majority vote from member snowmobile clubs during a special meeting. More than 200 voting and non-voting Club representatives from across Ontario attended, even though most of these volunteers are still heavily involved in trail operations.
“We succeed when our members succeed, so I’m pleased and proud that through our democratic process, my fellow volunteers have approved our next strategic plan as a united path forward,” said Murray Baker, OFSC President.
Strategic Plan 2022-25 is the culmination of input and feedback received from thousands of club volunteers across the province. It focuses on re-engaging and supporting member clubs and is built with a deliberate priority to solidify and secure the foundation of this non-profit organization.
The plan’s theme, “Recognizing our Past, Supporting our Present, Sustaining our Future” is a nod to the rich history of the OFSC and celebrates those who built our trail network across the province. It is also a commitment to support those who have picked up the torch and carry it today. And, it is a pledge to coming generations who will continue to deliver Ontario’s premier winter tourism activity.
“I first want to thank our member clubs for contributing so much to this plan,” stated Ryan Eickmeier, OFSC CEO. “This is a critical juncture for organized recreational snowmobiling in Ontario, and their input has helped produce clear and concise direction for our federation. My staff and I, alongside the volunteers on the OFSC Board of Directors, now have the privilege of getting to work on achieving these goals.”
In 1967, 10 clubs united to form a volunteer-led, not-for-profit association of clubs they named the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC). Its purpose was to act as the unified voice for member clubs and provide provincial leadership for snowmobile trails in Ontario. As its name indicates, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs works on behalf of its member organizations. Strategic Plan 2022-25 provides the next step in fulfilling this important role.
The plan contains four core goals, each with their own specific deliverables and success metrics. It was designed to be ambitious yet achievable, with clear and measurable outcomes that can be easily communicated throughout our federation. Most importantly, the plan will produce immediate supports for our grassroots, the volunteers who make the impossible happen each and every year. The plan relies on our biggest strength – our people – and the collective will to continuously improve and seek positive and constructive advancement in all aspects of what we do. The successful completion of this strategic plan will set the stage for the future of this association, and ensure organized recreational snowmobiling continues to thrive in Ontario by delivering exceptional OFSC Prescribed Snowmobile Trails and rider experiences throughout the province.
To view the 2022-25 Strategic Plan, please click here.
The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is a volunteer led, not for profit association that provides the voice for organized snowmobiling in Ontario. OFSC snowmobile trails managed by 200 community based, member clubs generate up to $3.3 billion in economic activity in the province each year.