About

GOV acknowledges that we operate on unceded and unsurrendered Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) Anishinabe territory. 

The Gay Ottawa Volleyball (GOV) league is a volunteer, non-profit volleyball league catered mainly to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, and LGBTQ-friendly within the National Capital Region (NCR). The league provides an inclusive and fun environment, but also serves as a healthy social venue for the LGBTQ community in the NCR.

Check out the highlights of our previous season:

Governance

Board of Directors

GOV is managed and operated by a Board of Directors, consisting of up to eight volunteer members. The Board generally meets once a month to plan and organize GOV’s programs and events, as well as make strategic decisions about GOV’s long-term sustainability.

At each Annual General Meeting (AGM) in December, the GOV members elect four Directors to serve two-year terms. At the last AGM, held on December 22, 2021, members elected André Scott, Martin Henry, Dean MacDougall and Tib Murali for a 2-year term.

The members of the 2022 Board of Directors are:

  • Laura Barkley (She/Her/Elle)
  • Martin Henry (He-Him/Il-Lui) (co-Chair)
  • Tim Klodt (He/Him/Il)
  • Dean MacDougall (He/His/Il)
  • A. (Tib)Tiberias Murali (He/Him/Il)
  • Jonathan Plata
  • Andre Scott (co-Chair)
  • Stéphanie Simard (She/Her/Elle)

By-laws

As a not-for-profit organization, Gay Ottawa Volleyball must have by-laws which outline the conduct required by its directors, officers, and members. GOV’s by-laws have been enacted by the Board of Directors on December 8, 2019, and confirmed by members who attended the Annual General Meeting held on December 18, 2019.

Gay Ottawa Volleyball By-Law #1 – Relating to the conduct of the affairs of GOV

Committees

GOV has four committees whose responsibility is to advise the Board of Directors on issues of policy, finance, governance and leading the recruitment and election of directors to the board. These committees are:

  • Policy, Finance and Governance Committee 
  • AGM and Nominations Committee (Chair: Kris Bergmann)

Season 2021-2022’s Executive Team

GOV is made possible through the hard work of the executive team, coordinators and volunteers who take a leadership role with a particular aspect of GOV’s programming. The four Executive Officers (President and Vice-Presidents) are appointed by the Board of Directors every May, and serve for one year. The President appoints volunteers to the coordinators and lead positions. Here is our team for the 2021-2022 season:

President: David Muddiman (he/him/il/lui)

  • Vice-President Administration: Vacant
  • Vice-President Finance: A. (Tib)Tiberias Murali
  • Vice-President Operations: Jonathan Plata
  • League Coordinator: Alexandre Fillion, Christan Hackett
  • Drop-in Coordinator: James Mickle
  • Skills Development Coordinator: Vacant
  • Facilities & Equipment Coordinator: Vacant
  • Summer League Coordinator: André Scott
  • Tournaments Coordinator: Vacant
  • Annual Tournament Lead: Belinda Li
  • Summer & Short Tournaments Lead: Vacant
  • Communications Coordinator: Martin Henry
  • Social Media Lead: André Scott
  • Translation Lead: Vacant
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Stéphanie Simard
  • Zuluru and Web Administrator: Miles Mayordomo
  • Grants & Proposals Lead: Dean MacDougall
  • Sponsorships & Fundraising Lead: Vacant
  • Bookkeeping: Vacant
    Partnerships & Events Coordinator: Vacant
  • Partnership Lead: Vacant
  • Events Lead: Vacant

If you are interested in contributing to GOV as a volunteer, please write to us at volunteer@govleague.ca. You do not have to be on the Board of Directors to take on an executive or volunteer position!

Strategic direction

Past and current Board members have drafted a Strategic Intent, to articulate a longer-term vision for GOV and how it will grow, based on our core principles, values and needs.

Gay Ottawa Volleyball’s 2018-2023 Strategic Intent

Policies and guidance documents

Gay Ottawa Volleyball has developed various policies and guidance documents to ensure the league is managed in a fair and transparent manner. These policies have been enacted by the Board of Directors.