The Strathcona Cup

January 10 to February 3, 2018

 

Bill
South Tour

Bill Baker

 

 

 

Hi, I’m Bill Baker from Toronto, Ontario

I curl at the Scarboro Golf & Country Club

I retired in 2016 having worked for over 40 years in information technology roles, starting at Shell Canada, then Toronto Dominion Bank, and the last 19 years at IBM. I started curling in the Shell Curling League in 1976.

I have been married to my wife Debbie for over 40 years and have 2 children: Andrew (36), and Laura (33). My wife and children all have curled, and my son-in-law (Adam) first met my daughter as a Little Rock curler. My wife Debbie is a competitive curler and curled in the Canadian Seniors Championships for Ontario in 2007.

I have always been involved in coaching and running curling events and was the inaugural recipient of the Don Campbell Award at Scarboro G&CC for my contributions to the sport and the Club. I am also a past-president of the Toronto Curling Association (TCA), was volunteer chair of the Masters of Curling Slam event in Toronto in 2009, which included all the 2010 Olympic Men’s teams, and have been Chair of the TCA Goldline Men’s Curling Championships for the past 15 years. The Goldline is among the largest Men’s bonspiels in the world with over 230 teams competing and is one of the longest running curling events - it has been held annually since 1895. While my curling prowess doesn’t match my wife’s, I did skip our Mixed team to our Club Championships on a few occasions.

I spend the non-curling season at our summer home on a lake northeast of Toronto. I enjoy water sports and am an avid (bogey) golfer. I spend the balance of my spare time volunteering. Some of my non-curling volunteer activities include: Marshal at the 2017 Canadian Open golf tournament, Venue Operations Manager at the aquatic centre for the 2015 PanAm Games in Toronto, Treasurer for the Tyler McGill Music Benefit for the past 9 years, and member of the Board at Sturgeon Point Golf Club.