At its recent 2021 Annual Meeting, held virtually, the membership of Canada Artistic Swimming (CAS) elected three board members and also bid farewell to the longest-serving active board member, Judi Enns Bradette. She was first elected to the board in 2015 and had been its president for the past four years. Also stepping down from the Board was Deana Shaw.
The incoming board members are Florence Klein from Québec, who was re-elected for a second three-year term. Jessica Rutledge from Toronto was elected as a new board member for a three-year term and Dawn Wilson from Victoria will serve a two-year term.
In her time with the board, Judi Enns Bradette demonstrated her progressive and innovative leadership. She fostered best-in-class governance practices for CAS, including overseeing the revision of CAS By-Laws and policies, and revising the CAS strategic plan, ensuring it remained current and focused. She also introduced new systems for performance management for the board, along with recruitment strategies, and built strong relationships with CAS’ provincial partners. As well, she implemented a revamped evaluation process for the CEO, and hiring practices for national team coaches. With a life-long background in the sport as a participant and coach, she understood the need for our athletes to succeed on the world stage. Using her strong fiscal management skills and affinity for High Performance programming, she championed the advancement of the athlete pathway and national team programming. She also understood the need to bring the sport to new and wider audiences and promoted the Canada-wide adoption of the inclusive AquaGO! recreational program. Her steadfast leadership, adhering to policies and procedures, was crucial as she steered the organization through the turbulent and complex complaint process this past year.
While modest about her own achievements, CAS has grown and thrived under her leadership. Judi does note a personal highlight of her time as CAS President,
“It was a true joy to witness the Canadian duet and team win gold medals at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. To see them qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games there, surrounded by most of the Team Canada support network, and then share the remarkable journey that took them all to their best finish since 2012 at Tokyo2020, then seeing them celebrate together, was a series of truly memorable moments.”
Although only serving one year on the board, Deana Shaw from Toronto was a key contributor to the marketing and communication work of the board, bringing her professional expertise and artistic swimming background to this important area of growth for the organization.