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About Us

Founded by Keith Porter and Patrick Thomas in 2009

Mission
  • To Promote, Grow, Develop, and Service the Game of Tennis in underserved and BIPOC communities.

  • To make tennis more affordable to the youth of families in need.

Vision
  • Leadership at every level – inspire innovation, create opportunities, impact lives and build community through tennis.

Values
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Include all people on a non-discriminatory basis, and make diversity and inclusion an embedded part of the Calgary Tennis Society

  • Governance: Provide a governance and delivery structure that fosters appropriate and effective participation.

  • Integrity: Make decisions and conduct business free of conflict of interest and do it with the highest principles of ethical behaviour.

  • Lifestyle: Promote, grow, and develop tennis as an enjoyable and entertaining lifetime sport that contributes to good health, character, and responsible citizenship.

  • Teamwork: Work together as a team of dedicated volunteers and staff to grow tennis participation.

Goals and Objectives

Strategic goals and objectives have been identified to accomplish the mission of the association:

  • Re-imagine the delivery of tennis through innovation and creativity 

  • Integrate high performance principles and practices

  • Increase tennis participation and customer satisfaction

  • Optimize the delivery system (Community associations, schools, park & recreation departments, and other organizations)

  • Align with the provincial and national tennis organizations

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Patrick Thomas
President

Patrick is originally from Grenada and retired after a career of over forty years in Law Enforcement, private investigations, and the Insurance industry.

Patrick has been an avid competitor in club, Tennis Alberta sanctioned and seniors’ tournaments and obtained a level 1 instructors’ certificate in 1986 and later taught tennis under the tutelage of Rico Policarpo at Rico’s Tennis Academy.

Patrick has volunteered on tennis boards such as Tennis Alberta and the Calgary Tennis Club (CTC) and currently stands as junior director at the CTC and was one of the founders of the Calgary Tennis Society.

Patrick has also been the manager of the Dinos Tennis Team, executive director of the Dinos Tennis Society and one of its founders.

Patrick is the recipient of a Tennis Canada Distinguished service award for his dedication and achievements at the University of Calgary, including transforming the tennis team to Varsity level standard and the creation and implementation of various fundraising programs, as well as his work as tournament director at the Calgary Tennis Club.

Patrick has worn many hats in the Calgary tennis community, such as player, fan, tennis official, tournament director, organizer, fundraiser, and mentor, which gives him an all-around perspective that can inspire youth to play, participate and flourish through this amazing sport called tennis.

Board of Directors

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Paul Kelsick
Treasurer

Former tennis dad and recreational player. Longtime Calgary resident, involved in various community associations and volunteering endeavors. Paul’s hope with CTS is to allow more kids from underserved communities access to incredible coaching and tennis opportunities.

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Paul St. Rose
Secretary

Paul is a retired Cartographer and avid squash player. Paul is an active supporter of several Caribbean associations and would like to bring tennis to youth of communities in need and increase tennis representation in such communities.

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