The Link-AGM Edition 2017

The Link – AGM Edition 2017

Letter from the President

Welcome to the AGM 2017 special edition of The Link. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating the memories.

Our sincere thanks go out to the volunteers and organizing committee in Toronto who hosted us this year. It all started with the cocktail reception Friday night, a full day of  connecting with other clubs and hearing about what is going on around the country as well as having two very interesting guest speakers. Sunday ended the weekend with a Kensington Market Tour and brunch provided at one of the Toronto member’s home.  What a fantastic job you did!

This year we are posting all the details about the AGM online on its own tab. We hope you like the new format.

On October 14, 2018 we will be hosting the next AGM via conference call. Our friends from Niagara on the Lake have volunteered to host us in October 2019; a big thank you for stepping forward so soon.

Please check our web page often for updates and don’t forget to ‘Follow Us’ and ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Cindy Dixon
President, NNAC
Highlights of the AGM in Toronto 
  • Two excellent speakers, Carol Camerino who gave an inspiring talk about “Making this Year Count” and Brian Crowley on “What Makes Canada Great”.  Check out their bios.
  • Round table discussions were held with all attendees representing Newcomers’ and Alumni clubs from across Canada.  Read what was discussed to get ideas and inspiration for your own club.
  • Co-operators Insurance Presentation – for details on important information that was presented, see our website.
  • new Executive Board for the 2017/2018 year was voted in.  Check here for our new dedicated volunteer board members.

This year as a special prize at the AGM, we granted a free 2017/18 NNAC membership to clubs with the most members who travelled the furthest and to the club who had the most members attending the AGM.

Congratulations goes to Glacier Newcomers’ Alumnae Association from Comox, B.C. with two attendees and to Burlington Newcomers’ Alumnae with ten attendees.

AGM Meeting Minutes
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
Doubletree Hotel
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.

Business Meeting
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
(previously distributed)
Motion Carried

Financial Statements
Motion: (Ruth Collison/Dianna Porter) Acceptance of the August 31, 2017 Treasurer’s Report
(previously distributed)
Motion Carried

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
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR: Bonnie Barber, Ottawa, ON
WEB EDITOR: Anne Lavack, Langley, BC
WESTERN REGION DIRECTOR: Anne-Marie Parisien, Calgary, AB
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 carried

Bylaw Changes
Motion: (Briget Mutcher/Diane Reid) Proposed changes be accepted (previously distributed)
Motion carried

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.

Open Forum
Q&A from delegates, generating lots of discussion.
Topics included NNAC hosting/supporting club websites.

Do you want more information on the Toronto AGM event?

Our website has a special “2017 AGM in Toronto” page with links to:

  • Lots of photos of the event
  • 2016/17 Year End Directors Reports
  • Bylaw Changes
  • City tours of Toronto hosted by the Toronto Newcomers’ Club
  • Minutes
  • Agendas

This information will be made available on the public section of the website until December 1 at which point you will need a username and password to access the information under the ‘Resources‘ tab.

Toronto 2017 AGM Photos
Want to contact an Executive Member?  Click here to get their contact information.