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MEMBER PROFILE

Kevin Gale,
CIT, RRFS
Manager of Leisure Facilities,
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury

Share some of your most memorable
career-related experiences.
I have had the sincere pleasure of working for a number of
diverse municipalities over the years, and that has provided me
with some pretty amazing memories. Living in the arctic certainly had its challenges, but also provided some tremendously
rewarding experiences. I recall shortly after I arrived in Iqaluit
how thrilling it was to be involved with the grand re-opening of
the Arctic Winter Games Arena. The facility had not operated
as an ice arena for almost eight years as the floor sank within
its second year after construction. It took a joint effort from
three levels of government to come up with the funding to do
the necessary repairs. When the facility re-opened as an arena
again, the community was buzzing with excitement and it was
something very special.
After a brief time back in southern Ontario, I took the position
of assistant director of community services with the Municipality
of Wawa. Famous for the giant goose, it's the town so nice they
named it twice. This small town in northern Ontario is surrounded by beauty and has an incredible sense of community
engagement. One of the most memorable times was being
involved with the Pan Am Games Torch Relay, as we were one
of the very first Celebration Communities along the Torch route.
Having a small town be part of such a large-scale event and
seeing just how much community pride everyone up there has
was truly inspiring.
A more recent memory was when I first started with the
Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury as the Manager of Leisure
Facilities. Within about the first month of being in the position,
we had a lightning strike at the BWG Leisure Centre that took
down approximately 80 per cent of our building automation
system. It was not exactly the start I had been hoping for, but
there's a great team here in Bradford and we worked hard to
keep everything operational. Over the next several months, we
worked diligently to get the building automation system fully
repaired and restored. It was a challenging but educational
experience to say the least.
What would you describe as some of the most
significant workplace and/or industry challenges
you have faced over the past five years?
We encounter challenges in our industry on a regular basis;
from operational challenges, to staff challenges, to patron
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Fall 2017

ORFA Regional Training
Heritage Highlight: Varsity Arena – University of Toronto
Cemeterian: The Operation and Preservation of Cemeteries in Ontario and the Importance of Cemetery Care and Maintenance Trust Fund/Accounts
Technical Support Renewed
ORFA Professional Designations
Energy Champion – Taking Action
Providing Safe Access to IHSC Cooling Towers/Evaporative Condensers
Electrical Hazards: The Importance of Lock-Out/Tag-Out
Slip and Fall Outside of a Community Centre
Winds of Change
Recreation Facilities Asset Management
Member Profile – Kevin Gale, CIT, RRFS Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
ACC Facility Post-Season Scheduling Challenges
Index of Advertisers
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - ORFA Regional Training
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Heritage Highlight: Varsity Arena – University of Toronto
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Cemeterian: The Operation and Preservation of Cemeteries in Ontario and the Importance of Cemetery Care and Maintenance Trust Fund/Accounts
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Technical Support Renewed
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - ORFA Professional Designations
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Energy Champion – Taking Action
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Providing Safe Access to IHSC Cooling Towers/Evaporative Condensers
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Electrical Hazards: The Importance of Lock-Out/Tag-Out
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - 28
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Slip and Fall Outside of a Community Centre
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Winds of Change
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Recreation Facilities Asset Management
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Member Profile – Kevin Gale, CIT, RRFS Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
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Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Facility Forum - Fall 2017 - ACC Facility Post-Season Scheduling Challenges
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