Sunday, 19 February 2012

[creative-radio] NCRA - National Campus & Community Radio Association Seeks Directors via BY-ELECTION

*"....we welcome additional candidates who self-identify as being from the
Native peoples of Canada to come forward as candidates in this
by-election...." "... Regions not currently represented are Quebec and
Northern Canada ( Nunavut , NWT, and Yukon )...."*

National Campus & Community Radio Association


Released: Feb 14, 2012

The NCRA/ANREC Board of Directors is conducting a By-Election in order to
fill TWO vacant positions on our board. This notice is intended to fulfill
bylaw 1.25(a)(i)., which requires that the board notify NCRA members within
30 days of a board seat becoming vacant, and that a by-election is held at
least 60 days after publication of this notice. This By-Election will be
held because two board members have resigned. All eligible member stations
are encouraged to consider nominating suitable persons. The seats will
expire at NCRC 2013.

Participation in the by-election as a candidate:

To participate as a candidate in this by-election, you must complete the
Board Nomination Form below and submit as outlined in this notice by
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012. At that time, all nominations will be
redistributed by email to all NCRA Member stations, along with voting
details. The election will be held by email on Monday, April 16th, 2012.

2011/2012 term Board Composition requirements:

1. Our bylaws state that no one station can have more than one
representative on the NCRA/ANREC Board, although these provisions may be
waived to fulfill the requirement that at least 1 director be selected from
the Native peoples of Canada. This basic requirement has already been met
on our board, but *we welcome additional candidates who self-identify as
being from the Native peoples of Canada to come forward as candidates in
this by-election.*

Stations currently represented on the NCRA Board of Directors are:

CFRO, Vancouver BC
CJLY, Nelson BC
CiTR, Vancouver BC
CKUW, Winnipeg MB
CKDU, Halifax, NS
CIVL, Abbotsford, BC
Independent, Toronto, ON

2. Regional Representation: The existing board represents four of our six
regions of Canada, fulfilling the Association's regional requirements as
outlined in section 1.17 of our by-laws. Even though our minimum
requirements for regional representation have been met, we particularly
encourage candidates from the two remaining regions to consider candidacy
for the vacant seats. Regions currently represented on our board are
Pacific, Prairie, Ontario, and Atlantic . Regions not currently represented
are Quebec and Northern Canada ( Nunavut , NWT, and Yukon ).

3. Gender Representation: The requirements outlined in section 1.17 of the
NCRA by-laws is that the Board of Directors be composed of at least 50%
(self-identified) women. This requirement will be met regardless of the
gender of the person elected in this by-election.

Board Nomination Form and board information sheet follow: Please fill the
nomination form out and return to undervolcano (at) yahoo (dot) com by
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012, 6pm PST

NCRA/ANREC Board Nomination Form

Section One:

1. Have you read the by-laws, objects, principles and mission statement of
the NCRA/ANREC, and are you committed to them?

Mission Statement:

2. What do you feel is the role of the NCRA/ANREC Board?

3. Do you have previous experience on boards or other governance bodies?

4. Can you make yourself available to travel to one in-person meeting per
year, and attend NCRC plenaries? (Travel to meetings will be paid by the

5. Individuals interested in standing for the board are encouraged to
attend the following information sessions at NCRC:

Info session for prospective board members:
Future of the NCRA/ANREC:

Do you intend to attend these three sessions this June in Kingston, Ont?

6. NCRA/ANREC board members will be required to:

-Attend monthly board meetings
-Read all monthly staff and committee reports, meeting minutes, and other
background documents.
-Participate in email discussions, and respond to emails in a timely fashion
-Contribute effectively to the work of NCRA committees

Can you contribute the time necessary to be an effective board member?
(10 to 25 hours per month, sometimes more)

7. NCRA/ANREC bylaw 1.17 b. (iii) states that four of six regions of Canada
(B.C., Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic or North) must be represented on
the board. Which region do you live in?

8. NCRA/ANREC bylaw 1.17 b. (vi) states that the Membership shall elect no
less than 50% women to the Board. Please state your (self-identified)

Section Two:

An NCRA/ANREC director is elected for a two-year term. Bylaw 1.19 states
retiring directors are eligible to run for re-election. Questions 9 to 12
are for directors who have served previously who wish to run for

9. During your previous term(s), did you fulfill your responsibilities as
director to your satisfaction?

10. What do you feel were your major contributions to the NCRA/ANREC during
your term?

11. How did you contribute to NCRA/ANREC committee work? Please list
committee projects you headlined/actively contributed to during your board

12. Why have you decided to run again for the NCRA/ANREC board?

Nominee: ______________________________________________ Station
affiliation: __________

Nominee contact email: _____________________________________________.

Nominated by: __________________________________________ Station
affiliation: __________

Signature of nominator: _____________________________________________

Seconded by: ___________________________________________ Station
affiliation: __________

Permission from staff/board member from your station: Name:

Signature of endorser:_______________________________________________

Please return this form and all supporting documents to: NCRA/ANREC
president Catherine Fisher at undervolcano (at) yahoo (dot) com by 6pm
(PST) on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

This form incorporates changes mandated by the NCRA/ANREC electoral reform
policy passed at NCRC 2010.

NCRA/ANREC board information sheet

NCRA/ANREC Equity Statement (Resolution 2009-F2)
Whereas there has been a systemic problem of equity and diversity on the
NCRA board and whereas the values of anti-oppression and equity are not
apparent at NCRA plenaries, be it resolved that that the following equity
statement be read at the beginning of every election process of the NCRA:
The NCRA Statement of Principles mandates the NCRA to commit to providing
alternative radio to an audience that is recognized as being diverse in
ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical and
mental ability. The Board of Directors should reflect this diversity in its
composition and it is the responsibility of members of the association to
implement these principles through the election process.

About board meetings: The board meets about once a month by telephone. At
the moment board members or their stations are required to pay the long
distance charges for these meetings. Phone cards make this much more
economical and are commonly used. It is usual for board meetings to last
about two hours. At the moment, board meetings are scheduled by doodle
poll. Agendas and reports are sent out a few days prior to the board

Aboriginal Caucus: Bylaw 1.17.iii. mandates that at least one director be
selected from the Native peoples of Canada, including but not limited to
status and non-status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. Resolution
2007-F7 resolved that an Aboriginal caucus be re-created, led by the NCRA
Board member holding the Native seat, and that the caucus be empowered to
conduct its own outreach to grow its membership in all regions and examine
methods of increasing Aboriginal representation in the association; and
that the caucus organize at its own discretion, to complement the work of
the board.

Board executive: NCRA/ANREC board executive consists of treasurer,
secretary, president and vice-president. The president is elected each year
by the assembly at NCRC, the other executive positions are filled at the
new board's first meeting. Since Adam Fox was board secretary at the time
of his resignation, the position of secretary is open, and we will be
seeking to fill that in the upcoming weeks. Detail about the executive
positions in 1.22 of the bylaws:

Equity Officer/HR Officer: Every year the board selects an Equity Officer
and a Human Resources Officer.

NCRA/ANREC staff: The National Office in Ottawa is currently staffed by the
NCRA/ANREC executive director and the NCRA Membership Coordinator. The
Executive Director attends board meetings and many committee meetings.

Standing committees: The board supports six standing committees, equity,
fundraising, supervisory, external policy, music, internal policy. Board
members are required to contribute actively to the work of at least one of
these committees.

Ad hoc committees: The board also regularly strikes ad hoc committees, to
take care of specific projects. Some of these include: conference planning
liason, membership, travel subsidy fundraising, board recruitment,
GroundWire steering. Board members are expected to contribute to some of
these as required.

In-person meetings: The board meets in person several times at NCRC, and at
the moment we schedule one other in-person meeting in the summer/fall of
the new board year. These meetings, which include some orientation,
organizational history, and strategic planning, as well as a business
meeting, usually take place in Ottawa. This series of meetings generally
spans Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

Travel to conferences/meetings: The NCRA/ANREC currently pays travel,
accommodations and conference fees, as well as a small per diem to board
members traveling to conferences, and to the in person meeting. Board
members are expected to make the most economic choices possible when
incurring these expenses, pre-authorize them, and must retain receipts and
submit them promptly.

If you have questions about board work that aren't answered here, please
email Catherine Fisher at undervolcano (at) yahoo (dot) com

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