(Vancouver, BC) – BC Métis Federation is preparing to host the third Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming Saturday, September 27th, 2014 in North Vancouver at the Jaycee House. Since launching in June of 2011 BC Métis Federation has become the major provincial Métis representative organization for a number of Métis community organizations, individuals, and several service delivery partners.
Today in preparation for the AGM the BC Métis Federation is pleased to announce the nominated candidates for the BC Métis Federation board with an impressive twenty one (21) candidates competing for the 14 board positions. The board candidates are required to meet minimal BC Métis Federation bylaw standards which includes membership with the BC Métis Federation as well as providing a criminal records check.
In accordance with BC Métis Federation bylaws, delegates in attendance at the BC Métis Federation AGM will be casting votes for the board positions of Vice President, Treasurer, and 10 “at large” board positions. There are no provisions in the bylaws to vote by proxy and only individuals in attendance holding a BC Métis Federation membership card are eligible to cast a vote. Board candidates will be sent the BC Métis Federation 2014 AGM eligible voters list this week via email.
Candidates are encouraged to immediately contact Sherry Daniels, BC Métis Federation Office Administrator, to clarify and ensure updated email addresses. Members can expect to be contacted by various candidates seeking support.
BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry stated; “This is a tremendous sign of the growth and momentum with the BC Métis Federation. In only three short years BC Métis Federation has become the major Métis representative organization in British Columbia. There are many talented and committed Métis people wanting to step forward, in addition to incumbent candidates, to ensure Métis culture and policy meets the representative needs of Métis communities and families in British Columbia who have trusted us with self governance.”
BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry added; “I am honoured to be acclaimed as President and thank the membership for the ongoing support to our collective vision to ensure BC Métis Federation is a true democratic Métis governing organization in British Columbia. There is no pay but agreement that we need collective change for our communities. Leadership must demonstrate this through real action and Métis is not simply about programs and services as some would like you to believe. Métis culture is who we are and we must not stop fighting for culture and our constitutional rights.”
BC Métis Federation Henry concluded; “The AGM will be an opportunity for members to join this true democratic movement. One person one vote and people are free to speak their points of view. This relentless work towards a better future is why BC Métis Federation is has made such progress. Thank you to everyone who stepped forward. I know the results will be decided by the people on September 27th and no matter the outcome, I realize the BC Métis Federation and our communities will continue to grow benefit in the end.”
The BC Métis Federation will post the bios of candidates who submit on the website as soon as they are submitted in advance of the AGM election. To review the BC Métis Federation bylaws click here: http://bcmetis.com/wp-content/uploads/BCMF_Bylaws_April_2011_Draft_FINAL.pdf.
For more information about the ABM and the BC Métis Federation please go to www.bcmetis.com.
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