|View the minutes of the Annual General Meeting that took place in Toronto at the Double Tree Hotel on October 23, 2017 by clicking on the link below.
Annual General Meeting
108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, Ont.
Saturday October 21, 2017
Registration and breakfast started at 8:00 AM.
Presidents Meeting started at 8:30 AM – 19 presidents and National Newcomers Association President
Ellie Siekierski in attendance.
The meeting was called to order at 9:40 AM
Opening remarks and welcome from Susan Cuthbertson, Toronto Newcomers’ Club
Housekeeping including review of agenda and pin sales from Ellie Siekierski, President National Newcomers Association of Canada
Breakout Sessions where delegates choose which session to attend. Two choices:
- Co-operators Insurance Presentation – see attachment. Bonnie Barber introduced Joel Santos – Strategic Client Manager from Co-operators. Joel gave a slide presentation on insurance program changes coming after June 2018; followed by Q&A. There will more information about insurance changes/updates in Q1, 2018.
- Carol Camerino – see posting on website. A personal look at seizing the year.
All delegates reconvened. Carol Camerino ‘Carpe Annum’, Making This Year Count presentation.
Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director MacDonald Laurier Institute – see posting on National
Newcomers Association website on What Makes Canada Great.
Call to order of the Business portion of the AGM by Ellie Siekierski at 2:13 PM.
President’s report and Director Reports – see posting on the website.
2016 AGM Meeting Minutes
Motion: (Cindy Dixon/Beryl Keilty) Acceptance of the October 16, 2016 AGM Meeting Minutes
Motion: (Ruth Collison/Dianna Porter) Acceptance of the August 31, 2017 Treasurer’s Report
Anne Lavack provided an update on the ‘Existing Users’ section of the National Newcomers Association
Rosemary Sorfleet advised newcomer and alumni/ae pins are available for sale; see her during the
conference. Order form is also available on the NNAC website. Resources>Existing User sign
in>Resources-NNAC:>NNAC Friendship Pins Order Form.
Election of Board Members
Three calls to the floor for nominations of candidates to the Board of Directors were made. No new nominations were made.
The following is the slate of officers who have agreed to let their names stand for 2017-2018 National Newcomers Association:
PRESIDENT: Cindy Dixon, Comox, BC – appointed position
SECRETARY: Jennifer Eng, Toronto, ON
REGISTRAR/TREASURER: Ruth Collison, Comox, BC
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR: Bonnie Barber, Ottawa, ON
NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Sue DePaul, Calgary, AB
WEB EDITOR: Anne Lavack, Langley, BC
WESTERN REGION DIRECTOR: Anne-Marie Parisien, Calgary, AB
CENTRAL REGION DIRECTOR: Gail Cooke, Burlington, ON
EASTERN REGION DIRECTOR: Beryl Keilty, Truro, NS
DIRECTOR AT LARGE: Katrina White, Saint John, NB
PAST PRESIDENT: Ellie Siekierski, Ottawa, ON
Motion: (Verna Dennis/Janet Hanson) Acceptance of the slate of officers.
Motion: (Briget Mutcher/Diane Reid) Proposed changes be accepted (previously distributed)
The 2018 AGM will be a teleconference call Sunday October 14; details to follow in 2018.
Maureen Churchill advised Niagara on the Lake has volunteered to host the face-to-face 2019 AGM.
Motion: (Anastasis Tolias) Business portion of the meeting adjourned at 2:19 PM.
Change in the order of agenda items to support delegates who were travelling.
Two clubs attending the AGM win free 2018-2019 membership to NNAC for:
Furthest travelled with most members – Glacier Newcomers Alumnae Association from Comox, B.C.
with two attendees
Most Club Members attending AGM – Burlington Newcomers Alumnae with 10 members in attendance
There were a number of raffle prizes awarded and 50/50 draw.
Round table Discussions
A summary of each of the topics discussed is posted on the National Newcomers website.
Q&A from delegates, generating lots of discussion.
Topics included NNAC hosting/supporting club websites.