I'm not directly involved but I don't remember any Orienteering Canada board election "battles" in recent years. They do their best to recruit individual candidates. If they're known before the AGM, they can be voted in. I assume they get appointed as needed in between AGMs. At Orienteering Ontario, we often pass a motion at the AGM authorizing board members to appoint directors to fill empty spots.
Thanks Bash. Question, would it be fair to ask members of the Board, say Ian Sidders their thoughts on direction of Orienteering Canada or major initiatives they are interested in? If someone had asked you that as a new ONT president, would have been able to answer?
Hmm, a board recruiting their own candidates worries me a bit.
Sorry, I got distracted from AP by jury duty.
Ian hasn't been on the Orienteering Canada board for a few years. In your neighbourhood, President Anne Teutsch could provide much better info than I can. I remember them looking for volunteers outside their board to sit on a short-term committee to recruit board members from across the country. I believe they were looking for people whose names would be put forward at the AGM for election by the general membership.
I'm not certain that Orienteering Canada has recruited board members between AGMs but at Orienteering Ontario, we definitely have. This has happened when an insufficient number of directors was elected at the AGM. We have asked members at the AGM to vote on a motion authorizing the board to appoint people to fill positions. An appointment is approved by a vote by a board that has been elected by the general membership so it's not as good as a general vote but it's not terrible either. If more people put their names forward, this wouldn't be necessary but it's not fair for a very small group of people to do all the work, which is what could happen in the absence of such authorization.
Thanks for this Bash, I think that's the first time I've actually seen a jury duty excuse used (not that you needed one at all!)
I could have sworn that Ian is still listed as on the BOD, but checking now, nope not there.
Just realized I didn't answer your question:
...would it be fair to ask members of the Board, say Ian Sidders their thoughts on direction of Orienteering Canada or major initiatives they are interested in? If someone had asked you that as a new ONT president, would you have been able to answer?
Yes, I had some ideas of what I wanted to do and if there had been any sort of campaign involved, I could have come up with a "platform". Alas, it's not a role anyone competes for! As it turned out, there were some big issues to deal with during my two years as president so a big chunk of my energy had to go into problem solving instead of moving things forward, as I would rather have done. I hope that Chris Laughren, our new OOA president, is now in a position to be able to focus on doing more fun and important stuff with the board.
the stuff Bash did WAS important too. Thanks Barb!