January 4, 2017
As posted yesterday, serious interest has been expressed to us by a group wishing to continue the Canmore Highland Games.
Our organization wants to proceed with the best possible outcome for the Games.
The Three Sisters Scottish Festival Society would like to request that groups/individuals interested in helping with the continuity of the Games contact us directly at: email@example.com.
Official proposals and expressions of interest should be made to the Society by February 1, 2017.
January 3, 2017
Our organization has been contacted by a group wishing to ensure continuity of the Canmore Highland Games.
If you are currently holding reservations at Canmore Hotels we encourage you to hold them until mid-February when we will be able to confirm whether this will become an eventuality.
We will announce asap to our public if/when the Canmore Highland Games will resume.
December 19, 2016
The Three Sisters Scottish Festival Society (TSSFS) has been inundated with public response to their recent announcement stating the group will no longer present the Canmore Highland Games and will be dissolving their Society.
In the few days since the December 12 press release, many dozens of emails and Facebook comments have been received.
The following Facebook comment embodies the spirit of the messages being received by the organization from people near and far:
“This is terrible news. I am very sad to hear that there will be no more Canmore Highland Games. I have only missed one year of attendance since 1992, and this games was the highlight of the Alberta Season. Indeed, having attended many games throughout North America and Scotland for the past 40+ years, the Canmore Highland Games was truly special and my personal favourite. I thank the volunteers for their countless hours in making this a special event since 1991, they truly are heroes in my books! I sincerely hope that some other group of volunteers or local Canmore community group will take on this project....Unfortunately I live 400 km away and wouldn't be much help.”
A few responses are hinting at the possibility of interest in keeping the Canmore Highland Games alive.
In the event that there is another group that wishes to step forward to take the event over, then said group(s) should notify the Society of their intentions by February 1st. The disbursement process of assets by TSSFS will begin in early February.
One or two respondents questioned the financial stability of the existing Society. The organizers would like to reiterate that this is not a financial decision. “We are not broke,” says President Sandy Bunch. “We have extricated ourselves from the financial difficulties of the past few years and sit in a positive financial position.”
According to the dissolution mandate in the Society’s bylaws, assets will be distributed to other organization(s) as the directors determine, being that the objects and purposes of those organizations are beneficial to the community.
The Society can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandy Bunch, President
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Three Sisters Scottish Festival Society
December 12, 2016
The Three Sisters Scottish Festival Society (TSSFS) regrets to announce the dissolution of their organization.
The group will no longer present the Canmore Highland Games.
The board voted to dissolve the Society on Thursday, December 8th, 2016. The small organizing committee find themselves unable to continue to commit the hundreds of hours each would spend to arrange the Games every Labour Day weekend.
While the Society no longer faces the financial difficulties of 2015, they are feeling the effects of attrition as the group has dwindled in number over the last few years.
Four years ago founder Don Garen ‘retired’ from his volunteer organizational activities which had kept the event on track for so long. He was 88 at the time.
“Losing long-serving key committee members one at a time and running the office without paid staff is wearing. Those that are left cannot continue to support the organization at the level of intensity required over the last few years,” says Sandy Bunch, President of TSSFS. “I hate to see it happen, it’s a shame. We are a relatively small group – there are only about 10 of us who have done the bulk of the work to present an event generating attendance of over 5,000 annually.”
“It’s a sad decision to make after a run of 26 years,” says long-time organizing member Sally Garen. “We’ve built it into an established cultural destination event, valued by our local community and the Scottish community at large.”
The core group will remain together through 2017 to guide the dissolution of the non-profit Society and disbursement of assets to completion.