Softball Ontario is the recognized provincial sport governing body for softball in Ontario and was created in 1971 by bringing together the three charter member associations (Ontario Amateur Softball Association, Provincial Women’s Softball Association, Ontario Rural Softball Association) to form one provincial body to work for the betterment of softball in Ontario. In 1992, a fourth member association (Slo-Pitch Ontario Association) joined Softball Ontario to complete the softball picture in Ontario.
The Board of Directors of Softball Ontario is very pleased to announce that Johnathan Baker (Kitchener, ON) will become the organization’s new Executive Director.
“On behalf of Softball Ontario’s Board of Directors, it is with great pleasure to announce the selection of Johnathan Baker as our new Executive Director,” said Chair of the Board, Tom Buchan. “Johnathan’s experience in the Softball Ontario office as Program Coordinator over the past couple of years, together with his education in Sport Management and Event Management, make him the ideal candidate for the position to direct the future, not only of the organization as a whole, but of the sport of softball as we continue to grow, promote and develop it.”
As much as experience and education are required for a position such as this, a love of the game is also an inherent quality to possess. Johnny began playing softball at the age of six with the Kitchener Minor Boys Softball Association, which eventually led to playing for Team Ontario in 2013 – winning Gold at the U21 International Softball Championship – and a Jr. National Championship in 2015 with his Stratford team. A recipient of an OASA Scholarship in 2014, as well as Softball Canada’s Ethel Boyce Achievement Award (given annually to one male and one female who has exhibited leadership traits and skills in softball), tell more of Johnny’s character, demeanor and attitude than any notation on a resume-cv. His recognition of the value of teamwork, setting goals and reaching them, his communication skills, and his youth and affable personality, puts the association in a position of success to continue to fulfil its Mission and Vision in the years to come.
“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity that the Board of Directors have given to me,” said Johnathan. “I’m looking forward to working with the four Member Associations to enhance communication and programs for all players, coaches and umpires, and promoting the sport of softball – fast-pitch and slo-pitch, as a sport that can be enjoyed for life, in a fair, fun and safe environment for all. I am up to the challenge.”