October 29, 2013 Pride Toronto 2013 AGM Recap
BY Darrell Dean | Digital Media Team Lead
Last Thursday, the board, staff and membership of Pride Toronto met for their Annual General Meeting at Hart House on the University of Toronto campus. On the agenda for the evening were some important items, including the election of three new directors to the Board and passing of a new set of bylaws.
Board Co-chair, Sean Hiller, chaired the meeting and called it to order just before 7:00 PM. After the usual opening items (introducing the board, amending and approving the agenda, and approving the minutes from the last AGM), we moved immediately into the presentation of the new bylaws. Board members Evan Dean and Paul Saugil explained the consultation and development processes that went into the proposed changes, and outlined them briefly. The floor was opened and the membership had the opportunity to ask questions to the board about the proposed changes, and then the vote was called.
Immediately after the voting was complete, we moved to the next item on the agenda: election of the new board members. The five short-listed candidates took the podium one-by-one for a brief statement and question period before the vote was called.
While the ballots were counted, Board treasurer Kent Churn presented the 2012-2013 audited financial statements.
It wasn’t long until we found out that the new bylaws had been accepted, and now governed the organization. The membership then had the opportunity to make motions to recommend the board reconsider sections of the bylaws. Any that passed would be deliberated on and the decision returned at the next general meeting.
There were four motions made for reconsideration. Each was made, seconded, debated, and voted on individually:
- To add a sliding scale membership fee – defeated by membership vote
- To add a deliberate statement reinforcing the organization’s commitment to accessibility and diversity – carried by membership vote
- To add a mandated annual, post-festival, community consultation process / meeting – carried by membership vote
- To add a specific requirement for board minutes to be added to the website – defeated by membership vote (Board meeting minutes can already be found online, and is a requirement of the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act.)
Following the passing and discussion of the new bylaws, and with only a small change of a typo in the Auditor's Report, the statements were adopted by the membership. The current auditor was also re-appointed for the current year.
We then heard a brief board update from Sean Hiller (most of which can be found in the Annual Report). Kevin Beaulieu, Executive Director, took us through the process of a festival year: from post-festival, to planning, to final preparations, to execution and back to post-festival again. And, finally, Chrystal Dean, WorldPride Manager gave us an update on plans for WorldPride 2014 Toronto.
The last item of business on the evening’s agenda was announcing the board election results. The three successful candidates, in no particular order, were Dana Suvagau, Chris Tremeer and Aaron GlynWilliams.