OTTAWA, May 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Dominique Maestracci, President of the Canadian Soccer Association, has announced today that he will not be seeking to renew his mandate at the helm of the organization.
Confirming the withdrawal of his candidacy to the presidency, he delivered the following address to CSA members during the organization's Annual General Meeting:
I am writing to you today because I have made the difficult but important decision to withdraw my candidacy from the position of President of the Canadian Soccer Association.
I would like to quickly outline some important changes that have marked my term as President.
I am very proud to look back on the progress we have made in the past five years that would have been unthinkable at the time. When I began my presidency at the CSA, we were confronted with a number of challenges.
Therefore, with regard to financial management and governance, we were committed to meeting the standards enforced by Sport Canada in order to reestablish our credibility and ensure the durability of our organization's mission.
The CSA has since created its first strategic plan, already in effect since 2009. With regard to the budget, we have opted for management practices that are much more rigorous than has been the case in the past. Our financial well-being has improved dramatically, as the result of an increased commitment from our sponsors. In addition, we successfully reduced the contribution required from the provinces and territories, while devoting 80% of our funds to onsite activities, and creating a Foundation.
We developed and put into action a new governance model, based on the clear separation between operational and strategic aspects and a simplified and efficient structure that encourages feedback from managers from a larger variety of backgrounds and thus with different types of expertise.
The CSA has always strived to achieve two converging goals that are integral to the development of national teams, while promoting and developing the sport for youth and children. With this in mind, we have been able to uphold consistently impressive results from all of our national teams, while approaching the symbolic number of 1 million Canadian players.
One of our biggest successes over the last few years is unquestionably Canada's increasingly strong position within the network of large international soccer associations. In fact, Canada will be hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 as well as the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2014.
Over the last 45 years, my commitment to the development of soccer in Quebec and in Canada has been an important part of my life. I will undoubtedly continue to be involved, particularly with CONCACAF and FIFA, but I am now passing the torch to others to continue developing the Canadian Soccer Association.
I would like to thank the members of the Board of Directors and the entire staff of the Canadian Soccer Association as well as the countless volunteers who contribute to the development of our sport."
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Source: Dominique Maestracci, President, Canadian Soccer Association