Each week, we will highlight one member of our CMF team. We would like to provide you with ‘behind the scenes’ news on our operations, and can get to know a little bit more about the people working for the Canadian Minifootball Federation (CMF)! We have asked each of our team members the same eight questions, to provide a broad perspective on what they bring to the CMF team.
In today’s post, we meet another director of the Canadian Minifootball Federation (CMF) – Daniel Godfrey. He will reveal to us her responsibilities and the role that she plays in this ambitious project.
CMF: Explain in detail what projects you are working on at CMF?
As one of the Directors at CMF, it is my job to support the growth and success of the non-profit. My first project was to layout CMF’s technical vision and to also present what new technologies we can use to support the game and the players.
With that project moving forward thanks to our amazing volunteers, I am spending more time working alongside Monika, (our Co-Founder and Director) to strengthen our business proposal.
CMF: What initially drew into wanting to join the CMF?
I would say it was more coincidental than anything thing else. I had just moved in with the two Founders and they had asked me to use my experience to support them on a couple of business-related tasks. After doing so they asked me if I wanted to be a director of CMF.
Being a football fan and seeing the potential of this concept I accepted.
CMF: How has your experience been so far?
Intense but exciting! The worldwide pandemic added complications to our initial vision. Being able to write up a business plan with reasonable timelines went out of the window almost overnight. The added stress of having to re-write again and again based on ever-changing governmental advice and recommendations has added a lot more tasks to our already jam-packed job list.
CMF: Describe a typical day for you working on CMF projects.
At this early stage of CMF’s journey, it is pretty hard to describe what a “typical” day is. I could be asked to fix a technical error, or create a social media post, design and code part of the website, help write up our business proposals and vision or talk to potential sponsors. Each day is different.
CMF: How has the pandemic affected your work? How have you adjusted to it?
As mentioned before, the pandemic has altered a lot of our original vision and indeed my work.
Being in a house with the people who aren’t only in the same position as you, but who are also your colleagues can make the dynamic a little intense, as it can often feel that you are living at your place of work.
Changing the way we work was critical. Creating an office, sharing the space, having rosters and being more conscious our each other’s spare time was something we had to work hard on and didn’t always get the right balance.
CMF: What do you like to do in your spare time?
I can’t say that I have much spare time and with things the way they are, there isn’t much I can do. But if I do have some I will often try and connect with my fiancé who is in Seattle via video chat.
CMF: What other work do you do outside of the CMF?
Several things. My main line of work is supporting local governments with their social mobility projects. I also run a couple of personal projects including running a community for political enthusiasts that enjoy meeting up and discuss politics.
My second project is a technology start-up that supports the transparency between non-profit and donor, whilst reducing transactional fees in order to donate.
CMF: What do you hope to accomplish while with the CMF?
I said that I would join for an initial two years, as that is the amount of time I am allowed to stay in Canada. Within this time, I hope to see a community of players who play the game through our Federation and take advantage of the technical benefits we are adding to the game.
Next week, we will introduce you to Torsum Khan, the Digital Marketer of the Canadian Minifootball Federation (CMF)!
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