From the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame: www.baseballhalloffame.ca
Valcke to leave Baseball Hall of Fame
St. Marys – After more than ten years of devoted service to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum (CBHFM), president & CEO Tom Valcke has advised its board of directors of his intention to resign and pursue other opportunities.
The CBHFM has accepted Valcke’s decision and sincerely thanks him for his contributions to the organization over the years.
“During his decade with the Hall, Tom has been instrumental in branding us nation-wide, establishing our credibility as a true tourist destination, and leading the development of our facilities. His accomplishments include having moved the Hall from a vision to a reality, with the continued development of a three-diamond baseball complex that hosts 500+ events annually, the annual Kids On Deck summer camp programs that have attracted hundreds of youth, and an annual Induction Ceremony Weekend that draws thousands of fans and garners national media attention,” said board member Harry Gundy.
“Tom’s ongoing efforts to manage the Hall’s daily and annual activities demonstrate his commitment to baseball and the Canadian identity of the game. His passion is second to none, and has been contagious to our staff, volunteers, inductees, members and partners. He and his family have also been valued contributors to our community,” added board member Bob Stephens.
Valcke’s departure is anticipated to happen during the first quarter of 2012. In the interim, he will assist the Hall in the transition of his duties and responsibilities. The CBHFM board will undertake an organizational review and develop a strategic plan prior to hiring a replacement.
The CBHFM board remains committed to continuing the growth of the Hall in the town of St. Marys and looks forward to its ongoing work to share the living history of baseball in Canada with Canadians across the country.
“It is the right time to explore some business opportunities for me and my family,” noted Valcke.
“Our time here in St. Marys as a family, and my decade of service to the Ball Hall, have given me great pride and joy, and nothing but pleasant memories to carry forward,” says Valcke
In the interim, Scott Crawford, director of operations, will be the key staff contact.
Oh, that’s too bad. Tom is an awesome guy, a true baseball fan. His passion for the game and Canadian baseball is unbelievable. He will be missed at the annual Hall of Fame induction. Best wishes Tom in your new ventures!!