The Phoenix loses its director of operations
Charline Durand has resigned at the Phœnix de Sherbrooke to accept a new challenge.
Share October 30, 2020 6:42 p.m. Share Le Phœnix loses its director of operations
Jérôme Gaudreau La Tribune Almost three years to the day after taking over from Sylvie Fortier at the head of operations for the Sherbrooke Phoenix, Charline Durand announces her departure in order to take on new challenges in a world very different from that of hockey.
“It's a heartbreaking decision, admits the one who was already on the second floor of the Palais de sports some time before agreeing to take over from Sylvie Fortier. For me, it's very difficult to leave. There is never a perfect time to leave an organization you love. But a challenge presented itself to me and I could not let the opportunity pass, ”she underlines, specifying that she must keep the information secret until the moment when her next employer officially unveils the news in announcing his hiring.
The director of operations is leaving with regret that she was unable to reach the heights with the Sherbrooke Phoenix, last season or this year.
“I touched my goal with my fingertips without being able to close my hand on it. We were aiming for the perfect year, the championship, the cup and many sold-out matches, even this year again. But in the end, we finished first, but there was never a series. I would have liked to go all the way. I would also have liked to hold a draft in Sherbrooke, but circumstances prevented us from carrying out this project, ”she says.
Charline Durand ensures that the administrative team is ready to relaunch activities despite the resumption of play scheduled for Friday, November 6 in Rouyn-Noranda in the case of the Phoenix.
“The team is aware of what lies ahead. We will unfortunately not have matches in front of 4000 spectators in the coming months, so it will already be that less to manage. I gave all the files to the board of directors and to my colleagues. The good news is that the work is off to a good start. When I approached the sponsors, I still felt the enthusiasm of all the partners. It bodes well for the future. I could have done this job for another 15 years. However, the circumstances linked to the pandemic allow me to better accept my decision to leave, but they did not influence my choice, ”says Charline Durand.