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Branch Scholarship

For over two decades, the Ontario Branch of The Canadian Society of Club Managers has proudly offered scholarships to deserving students with a career interest in the private club industry. To date we have awarded over 50 scholarships totaling over $50,000. This scholarship is available for all job disciplines including food and beverage, golf & other sport sections, maintenance and administration.

The Committee's mandate is to educate and promote the club industry as a viable career option. We recognize that it takes a combination of both hard work and educational funding for most students to achieve their goal to a post-secondary education. This scholarship program has helped to address the critical need for student funding and to meet our Society's objective of attracting young talent into our Club industry.

This year, the Ontario Branch is proud to award two separate $2000 scholarships to qualified students currently working at an Ontario branch private club. The Ontario Branch was pleased to have received 14 quality applications from students. This achievement is a testament to the on-going commitment of the CSCM and the Ontario Branch to develop the brightest and talented future Club Managers.

On behalf of the Ontario Branch Board of Directors and the Career Awareness Committee, we are pleased to introduce the two deserving recipients of the 2014 Ontario Scholarship Awards. 

Presented by Leanne Pepper, Chair of the Career Awareness Committee, John Gravett CCM, President of the CSCM and Dave Fox CCM, General Manager Islington Golf Club to Ariel Pessione.

Ariel is in her third year of working at Islington Golf Club, as a Shift Leader in the food and beverage department. Ariel graduated from U of T with my Honours Bachelor of Arts in June 2014, and has just started a two year program at George Brown College, in Food and Beverage Management. Ariel enjoys working at Islington. Her coworkers and the members that she has gotten to know make the club a great environment to work in. What began as a summer job became the start of a great career to the private club industry.

Presented by Leanne Pepper, Chair of the Career Awareness Committee, John Gravett CCM, President of the CSCM and Paul Morrell CCM, Clubhouse Manager, National Golf Club of Canada to Wanqi Zhang.

Wangi is a student at Georgian College in the Golf Facilities Operation Management Program.  When Wangi is not working at the National Golf Club of Canada she is busy traveling and playing golf. Last week in Florida she shot 78. Wangi claims it was an accident. I've been waiting for an accident like this for a long time! Wangi really enjoys working at the club. 

In addition to the $2000 scholarship, the students also receiving a one year student membership with the CSCM and we hope that they will find their association with our Society to be beneficial and rewarding to their career goals. Also Ariel and Wangi are invited to be on the Career Awareness' committee. 

I would like to thank the Club Managers who have encouraged the students to actively participate in this program. The success of this program could not have been achieved without the leadership and support by you. I would like to end my note by encourage all the club managers to sign up all your students working for your clubs to participate in the CSCM student branch. Membership fees are only $50 per year. This gives the students a great opportunity to participate in the education sessions and to network with in the private club industry.

 Trevor Noonan CCM, CCE                                Leanne Pepper
President, Ontario Branch                                  Chair, Career Awareness Committee