This is Jordan Sparks. I hope everyone did well on their exams/finals and are looking forward to a fun and relaxing summer. I am sending my final message to you as the outgoing President of the Game Maker’s Union.
When I joined the GMU 4 years ago it was much smaller group than it is today. I started out as a regular member with no experience and eventually became an executive, filling various positions over the years. During my tenure with the club and with the help of the other executives, we transformed the GMU into a much larger and open community where anyone could walk in and be assured that they could make a game, no matter their skill level.
Over the past 3 years, we have held countless educational events, met hundreds of people, and have supported several student games. I created the Checkpoint event and it’s been one of our biggest events each year. People from around Toronto and within Ryerson now know the GMU as Ryerson’s hub for game development. However, I cannot take all the credit. It is the combined efforts of both our executives and our members that have turned the GMU into a great student group. I’m happy and honored to have met, worked, and learned alongside you all. Thank you for your support over the years.
Though this is the end of my tenure as President of the GMU, it is not the end of the club, but only a new beginning. The torch has now been passed to the new executive team who will carve a bold new direction for the GMU. I am confident that your new executives, Matthew Holzapfel, Thomas Marmer, Liam Clarke, Orelle Fitoussi, and Calvin Gaspar, will continue to help the GMU flourish over the next year.
The last thing I’d like to say echoes what I said at this year’s Checkpoint. Whatever you do in life, be it making games or otherwise, do it to make the world a better place in your own unique way. Use your skills to benefit not just yourselves, but the world at large, one small bit at a time. At the GMU, we do this by teaching skills, supporting student game developers, developing new experiences, and creating an inclusive community. I believe that everyone can make the world a better place and it’s up to each of us to figure out how.
I will continue to support the GMU as a regular member of the club, but from now on, the GMU is being led by the new executive team. I wish them all much success in their new roles and look forward to the future growth of the GMU. I hope to see you all again in the future.
Former President of the GMU