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One member, one vote

Voting will open on Tuesday, April 11 at noon and end on Thursday, April 27 at noon.
Remember to vote and remind your nursing colleagues to vote as well.

This year members are asked to cast their vote on three areas:

1. Bylaw changes necessary to enable the new board structure
2. Approval of KPMG as RNAO's Auditors for Fiscal Year End 2017
3. Ticket of Nominations


At the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) members voted (One member, one vote) to support the following structural changes to the board:

The affairs of the association shall be managed by its board. The board shall be composed of a maximum of 18 persons, as follows: the president; president-elect or immediate past-president; 12 regional representatives; two representatives of the interest group chairs; one undergraduate nursing student; and one public representative.

1. Bylaw changes necessary to enable the new board structure (as voted at 2016 AGM by members)

This year, members need to vote on the bylaw changes that are necessary to enable the new board structure.

As part of this change, the Board proposes that the terms of the regional representatives and the representatives of the interest group chairs be staggered such that they will be elected and their terms will expire in rotation. To that end, the Board proposes that the directors will be elected as follows:

  1. At the annual meeting held in each odd numbered year the members shall elect the president-elect, regional representatives from odd numbered regions and one (1) Representative of the Interest Group Chairs.
  2. At the annual meeting held in each even numbered year the members shall elect the regional representatives from even numbered regions, and one (1) Representative of the Interest Group Chairs.

A rotation of this nature provides continuity on the Board and ensures that the Board at all times contains regional representatives and representatives of the interest group chairs with prior experience on the RNAO board. This assists new Board members and reduces disruption as compared to a situation in which all 12 regional representatives are replaced in the same year. The Board believes this change is in the best interests of RNAO and is consistent with good governance practices.

Transition Phase

In order to initiate this change, and to allow current Board members to complete their terms, it will be necessary to hold transitional elections in the 2018 and 2019 Annual General Meetings (AGM). This means that the members will, on a one-time basis, elect regional representatives and representatives of the interest group chairs to enable staggered terms as follows:

  • at the 2018 AGM, the members will elect one representative of the interest group chairs for a term of one year, and one representative of the interest group chairs for a term of 2 years.
  • at the 2019 AGM, the members will elect 50% of the regional representatives to a one year term, and 50% of the regional representatives to a two-year term.

Thereafter, all directors will be elected for 2 year terms (with the exception of the president-elect, who is elected to a 4 year term).

Number of Directors

As a consequence of the transitional phase there will be 22 directors on the Board for the 2017-2018 year. This is because following the 2017 AGM, existing board members under the original board structure will continue to serve the balance of their terms, while 2 additional board members will be added (student representative and public representative). Therefore, members must approve a Special Resolution to increase the Board composition to 22 directors. The number of directors will decrease to 18 at the 2018 AGM, consistent with the new board structure.

The Board has approved an amended and restated Bylaw that incorporates all of the above changes, as well as certain other minor revisions. A copy of the amended and restated Bylaw, as approved by the Board, will be available for review in advance of the One member, one vote in the RNAO website.

Attached documents:
RNAO Amended and Restated Bylaws 2017 (clean copy)
RNAO Amended and Restated Bylaws 2017 (with tracked changes)

Motion 1: THAT the members hereby approve the Amended and Restated Bylaw 2017 (view details)
Motion 2: THAT the Board be increased to 22 directors in 17/18. At the annual meeting in 2018, the Board shall be decreased to
Approval of KPMG as RNAO's Auditors for Fiscal Year End 2017 (view details)
3. Ticket of Nominations

Click here to watch the candidates' presentations.

President-Elect
Angela Cooper Brathwaite (Bio)
Nisha Walibhai (Bio)

Region 1 Representative
Betty Oldershaw (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Region 2 Representative
Morgan Hoffarth (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Region 3 Representative
Nathan Kelly (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Region 4 Representative
Larissa Gadsby (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Region 5 Representative
Maria Lozada (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Region 6 Representative
Hilda Swirsky (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Region 7 Representative
Lhamo Dolkar (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Region 8 Representative
Beatriz (Betsy) Jackson (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Region 9 Representative
Alison Kern (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Region 10 Representative
Wendy Pearson (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Region 11 Representative
Jennifer Flood (Bio)
Lee-Ann Turner (Bio)

Region 12 Representative
Michelle Spadoni (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Bylaws Committee
No nominations received.

Provincial Nominations Committee
Alicia Moonesar (Bio) (Acclaimed)

Provincial Resolutions Committee
Janet Hunt (Bio)
Claudette Holloway (Bio)
Rashmy Caroline Lobo (Bio)

Voting will open on Tuesday, April 11 at noon and end on Thursday, April 27 at noon.
Remember to vote and remind your nursing colleagues to vote as well.