At the sign-in table there is a section to say whether or not you are a member of IMSS. A couple of people had written "membership denied" in that box, and another wrote that they had not received notification of this meeting.
The chair for today's meeting is IMSS's lawyer Stephanie Leong of Heather Sandler Jenkins. // (correction- IMSS president called her a lawyer, Leong clarifies she is an articled student)
IMSS Founder Baljit Sethi speaking about creating the organization, all the sacrifices she made 40 years ago. She is making references to an article in the Prince George Citizen indicating the board is asking her to step down as Executive Director. She is saying the idea of leaving hurts her, she cannot separate herself from the organization. "I am proud of what I have done," she says.
Meeting chair says IMSS has 43 active members and 19 of them are present today. Which apparently means the majority of people at this meeting are not Society members.
Meeting chair making clear that only members are allowed to vote and asking audience to respect members right to speak (basically, she is reviewing the rules of AGMs and Robert's Rules of Order).
Correction- IMSS president called Leong a lawyer, Leong clarifies she is an articled student and also says again she is not acting as a lawyer but as a board chair. Audience members expresses confusion about what that means.
So, basically the Executive Director of IMSS is refusing to give her annual report because the board has told her she has to step down as Executive Director and she doesn't want to.
And the chair is asking if there are any motions or recommendations arising from the report which, as best I can tell, has not been given.
Stringer asking for status of operations - is the daycare licenced, for example? Sethi not answering.
Sethi is OK telling members about status of things, but doesn't want to share it with the public.
Another member is now proposing a public committee be formed to investigate the status of IMSS' operations, because it is funded with public money and British Columbians deserve to know.
Motion has been seconded, now going to the floor for debate.
Member who seconded the motion, Sandy Long, says "this group is in crisis... this organization is nearly broken."
One of the board members says he doesn't believe IMSS is in crisis, but he supports the motion.
Another board member: "Sunshine is the best disinfectant," supports the motion.
Board president Mohamed says he encourages the two men who proposed the motion be members of the committee, as long as they keep things confidential.
One woman stands up saying she would like to speak to the motion, but her membership was denied. Two others speak up "mine, too, mine too". Meeting chair: "this is out of order."
Yep, three IMSS members and two non-IMSS members is the proposal on the floor.
btw if you have questions you can tweet me @akurjata.
Also: who chooses the members of the committee?
A non-member points out that as a publicly-funded society, their financial books must be open to all members of the public (this is true, I read the society act yesterday!)
We are in the midst of an ongoing discussion about who gets the report, and when.
I still haven't heard a proposal for how the committee will be selected.
15 in favour, none opposed, motion passes.
Now we've adopted the Executive Director's report which... we didn't get? Maybe members were given a copy. Anyways, adopted.
President Moustafa Mohamed thanks staff and volunteers at IMSS who do the work "for god, nothing else."
We still have an auditor's report and the election of the board to come.
So there was a six-month period where a board member stepped down, became an employee and received payment, and then became a board member again.
It is being suggested that this discussion to be tabled because a committee is already going to be formed to look into any improprieties into the operations.