This is in response to Ottawa Commissioner Blake Jorgensen’s March 24-25 letter in The Herald’s Reader Forum regarding changing the process the city uses to appoint its board members the Ottawa Recreation Commission.
Why “tweak” something that works and is being run like a “well-oiled machine” under the management of the board of directors and their newly appointed director, Tommy Sink? The employees are friendly and helpful and it’s easy to see they like their work. This says a lot for the new director.
We need to remember it’s the recreation commission that — besides maintaining the new facility at 15th and Ash, the Orlis Cox Sports Complex, the soccer fields and the Don Woodward Community Center — also has the awesome responsibility of running the many, many recreation programs available in Ottawa. I have observed the employees and volunteers tackling this with all the energy and zeal only total commitment brings.
Tony De La Torre and Brian Sharp — the city commission appointees to the board of directors — have between them volunteered more than 20 years to the recreation commission. Sharp works out of town and is not as visible as De La Torre, who is continually around town promoting the new center and the recreation programs. The city couldn’t have picked better appointees.
I am one of the many seniors who use the new center, whether it’s the walking track or one of the new cardio machines. What a joy it is to be able to walk and to hear the shouts and laughter of the young people on the basketball court below. As one senior said while walking, “This is the best thing that has ever happened in Ottawa.”
The old saying seems to apply here: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
— Dorothy M. Brock, Ottawa