Annual General Meeting – 16 November 2006

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 16 November 2006

Honeywell Room, City Hall


Members:  Carol Gudz (Chair), Chris Szpak (Secretary), Lynne Bricker, Al Crosby, Cheryl Doran, Erwin Dreessen, Gert Dreessen, Theresa Jobateh, Thomas Kapler, Daphne McCree, Janet Panet, Joseph Potvin, Ron Rancourt, Bill Royds, Janice Seline, Juan Pedro Unger, George Wilson.

Guests:  Matilde Hahn, Joseph Potvin, Michael Baran.

Guest Speaker: David Chernushenko

Meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m.


  1. Quorum:

It was determined that at least 1/10 of the total membership was present to establish a quorum as per Alliance by-laws.

  1. Approval of the Agenda:

 Motion: E. Dreessen moved and G. Wilson seconded to approve the Agenda. Carried.

  1. Presentation by D. Chernushenko:

David Chernushenko, Senior Deputy to the Leader of the Green Party of Canada, gave a talk and answered questions on the current political situation, and particularly on how environmental issues were gaining in importance.

  1. Natural Heritage Award Citation:

Members congratulated Bill Royds for being awarded the Natural Heritage Award for 2005 by the City of Ottawa.   Appreciation was expressed for his valuable contribution to the work of the Alliance in protecting the environment and preserving green space in Ottawa.

  1. Approval of Minutes:

Motion: E. Dreessen moved and C. Szpak seconded to approve the minutes of
the Annual General Meeting of 2005.  Carried.

6. Year End Report:

C. Gudz tabled the Year End report of Alliance activities for the period November 2005 to October 2006.

Motion: B. Royds moved and J. Seline seconded to accept the Year End report.  Carried.

7.  Treasurer’s Report:

A preliminary report was tabled.  Given that the Treasurer could not be present at the meeting, it was agreed that the Report, including the annual review of the Auditor, be considered and approved at a later meeting.

8.  Appointment of the Auditor:

Motion: J. Seline moved and D. McCree seconded to re-appoint John Corey to be the auditor for the upcoming year.  Carried.

9.  New Members:

Motion: J. Seline moved and E. Dreessen seconded to approve the memberships of Matilde Hahn, Mark Kepkay and Joseph Potvin.  Carried.

10.  Nominations and Elections:

a.        Chair – G. Wilson was the only nomination and thus unanimously elected as Chair.

b.        Returning Directors – C. Gudz, A. Kempster, J. Seline, C. Szpak, J.P. Unger – and new Directors – T. Jobateh, J. Potvin – were unanimously accepted.

c.        T. Kapler informed the meeting that he had stepped down from the Director position due to time constraints.

11.  Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.