Sta­dium man­ager re­signs in Har­bour Grace

Har­bour Grace needs new sta­dium man­ager

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY ANDREW ROBINSON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A lu­cra­tive op­por­tu­nity with the City of St. John’s trig­gered Mike Adam’s de­ci­sion to re­sign as the Town of Har­bour Grace’s sta­dium man­ager ear­lier this month. Adam told The Com­pass he was pleased to be in­volved with the tran­si­tion from S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium to the new Danny Cleary Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The Town of Har­bour Grace is look­ing for a new sta­dium man­ager fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Mike Adam.

Adam, who be­came fa­cil­i­ties man­ager for S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Oc­to­ber, 2014, and re­mained in that role af­ter the Danny Cleary Com­mu­nity Cen­tre opened last fall, re­cently ac­cepted a job of­fer from the City of St. John’s. He’ll be an op­er­a­tions su­per­vi­sor for the city’s Parks and Open Space Di­vi­sion.

“An old col­league of mine ba­si­cally sent me an op­por­tu­nity with the City of St. John’s, and I looked at it and it in­trigued me,” Adam told The Com­pass. “I thought it might’ve been some­thing I could be in­ter­ested in and look for­ward to a new chal­lenge and new op­por­tu­nity. I de­cided to ap­ply, and I guess the rest is his­tory.”

Adam came into his role with the Town of Har­bour Grace with con­sid­er­able fan­fare given his back­ground in sports. He was a mem­ber of the Brad Gushue curl­ing team that claimed gold at the 2006 Olympic Win­ter Games in Torino, Italy (the team also in­cluded Har­bour Grace’s own Jamie Korab).

The Labrador City na­tive worked for his home­town’s recre­ation de­part­ment and later man­aged a sta­dium in Nova Sco­tia, prior to his ar­rival in Har­bour Grace.

Adam’s last day work­ing at the lo­cal arena was this past Fri­day. Look­ing back over his time in Har­bour Grace, he’s par­tic­u­larly proud to over­see the move from the old sta­dium into the new multi-mil­lion dol­lar fa­cil­ity.

“Be­ing part of the his­tory of the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium was pretty spe­cial, be­cause you got to see what that build­ing meant to ev­ery­body,” he added. “You hear all the sto­ries of lit­er­ally gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple that had gone through that build­ing, peo­ple com­ing back and coach­ing their kids now. They go back to the days when Dick Power coached them as a kid.

“But ob­vi­ously, be­ing part of the new arena build and see­ing that open ahead of sched­ule — it’s a pretty re­mark­able build­ing. It’s go­ing to serve the re­gion for gen­er­a­tions to come, like the S.W. Moores did for so many years.”

With many more ser­vices avail­able to the pub­lic at the new rink com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sors, the role of the fa­cil­i­ties man­ager has grown. Adam said for whomever takes over his old job, it will be im­por­tant to do your best to meet ev­ery­one’s ex­pec­ta­tions and en­sure the build­ing op­er­ates in a fis­cally re­spon­si­ble man­ner.

The town re­cently ad­ver­tised for a new fa­cil­i­ties man­ager and set a dead­line of Jan. 24 for ap­pli­cants.

But ob­vi­ously, be­ing part of the new arena build and see­ing that open ahead of sched­ule — it’s a pretty re­mark­able build­ing. It’s go­ing to serve the re­gion for gen­er­a­tions to come, like the S.W. Moores did for so many years. — Mike Adam

TC MEDIA FILE PHOTO

Mike Adam ap­plies paint to the fresh ice sur­face at S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in a photo taken af­ter the fall fair in 2015.

TC MEDIA FILE PHOTO

Mike Adam re­cently re­signed as the fa­cil­i­ties man­ager with the Town of Har­bour Grace in or­der to ac­cept a job of­fer from the City of St. John’s.

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