Fredericton, New Brunswick, 18 August
Board Members Present: Gail Angel (Chair), Barry
Mitchell, Ian Doull, Mike Babin, Mitzi Ross, Emmie Flanagan, Lucette
Mailloux, Gerry Tuppert, Ruth Murgatroyd, Nancy Doddridge.
Copies of all reports were made available to members present.
The Opening Protocols were conducted by veteran Gerry Gerrard and Ted
Terry, following which veterans Lawrence Ross and Jean-Paul Dallain were
recalled, both deceased since the last AGM.
- Call to Order: Gail Angel called the meeting to
order at 10:20 AM.
- Acknowledgement of Unceded Territory: Mi’kmaq
and Malacite first nations were acknowledged.
- Presentation/Acceptance of minutes of the Last AGM, held
in Ottawa, 10 December 2016: Ian Doull, Secretary,
presented a summary of the 2016 minutes and referred attendees to
the printed version. All present were in favour of acceptance;
- Financial Statements and
Barry Mitchell, Treasurer, first thanked Ruth Murgatroyd for
organising a successful convention, and presented a summary of his
written report. He noted that no major projects were undertaken in
the past year that required national funding, and noted that income
has remained stable during the previous two years. All present were
in favour of acceptance; carried.
- President’s Report: Gail Angel summarised her
written report. She thanked IBM Canada, her employer, for its
generous donations to the association. She acknowledged with thanks
the work of Jim Trick who serves as Webmaster, Membership Chair and
Newsletter Publisher; Dan James, Facebook; and the HKVCA and the
Board for its confidence. There being no questions from the floor,
the report was accepted and filed.
- Project Reports:
Gail Angel summarised progress made on
select projects: communications plan (Nancy Doddridge, lead), online
membership renewals (Jim Trick and Barry Mitchell, leads), apology
from Mitsubishi Motors Co. (Carol Hadley, lead), Order of St. George
investitures (Mike Babin, lead), and membership database
improvements (Mitzi Ross, lead).
- Battle of Hong Kong Coin: Reported under Prairie Regional Report
- HKVCA Online services: Gail Angel summarised the written report
provided by Jim Trick, and noted significant progress.
- Parking at the Memorial Wall: Derrill Henderson provided an update.
- Education Report: Emmie Flanagan discussed briefly the writing
contest, and efforts to have George MacDonell’s book on Gander added to
the school curriculum in Atlantic Canada.
- Regional Reports:
B.C.: Gerry Tuppert acknowledged B.C. veteran Gerry Gerrard, and
noted 19 widows in the province.
Prairie: Barry Mitchell presented the report on behalf of Carol
Hadley. He noted the Manitoba commemoration of the 71st anniversary of
V-J Day; a ceremony at the Legislature for the release of the Battle of
Hong Kong Coin; and results of Prairie-Region elections.
- Ontario: Mike Babin acknowledged the volunteers from Ontario Region.
He noted the initiative under Lori Smith to place commemorative plaques
in Legions and other places associated with our veterans, and her
efforts to make grave markers available. He thanked Gail Angel for her
service as President.
- Quebec: Lucette Mailloux summarised her report, noting the ongoing
support for our veterans of Les Voltigeurs de Quebec, and the
re-installation of the Royal Rifles’ plaque in the re-dedicated Quebec
Drill Hall in May 2018.
- Atlantic: Ruth Murgatroyd highlighted convention planning, and the
book launch by Andy Flanagan later in the convention.
- Election Results: Gail Angel presented the election results and
acknowledged the work of Kathie Carlson as Chair, Elections Committee.
All board members were acclaimed: Carol Hadley (Prairie Director), Mike
Babin (Ontario Director), Barry Mitchell (Treasurer), Lucette Mailloux
(Quebec Director), Gerry Tuppert (B.C. Director), Ian Doull (Secretary),
Ruth Murgatroyd (Atlantic Director), Emmie Flanagan, and Mitzi Ross.
its July meeting, the Board of Directors confirmed the Executive: Mike
Babin, President; Emmie Flanagan, Vice-President; Barry Mitchell,
Treasurer; Ian Doull, Secretary.
Business Plan for the Next Two Years: Gail Angel noted both projects
in progress and those to be initiated over the next two years.
Questions from the Floor: Ted Terry observed that the issue of
parking at the Memorial Wall should be a priority, and that its location
should be highlighted in Ottawa tourism information. He thanked Ruth
Murgatroyd for her great efforts with this year’s convention, and asked
if any thought has been given to the location of the next convention in
2019. Gerry Gerrard asked if an interpretation of his interview with a
Japanese journalist had been undertaken, to which Gail responded that
she would look into it, possibly through IBM.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:30
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