December 08, 2021
Biagio’s Italian Kitchen
1394 Richmond Road, Ottawa, Ontario
Abraham Garcia chaired the meeting and called it to order at 5:35 PM
- ROLL CALL AND INTRODUCTION OF THE EXISTING EXECUTIVES
Abraham Garcia – President
Andra Weis – Vice-President
Nick Watson – Treasurer
Art Iwinski – Secretary
Michael Kenny – Director
April Chen – Director
Chris Patterson – Director
Jyoti Tanotra – Director
Domingo Chavez – Director
Michael Patterson – Director
- INTRODUCTION OF THE GUESTS
Dan Quinn - Headquarters Regional Representative
Election Committee: Brian Hassall, Ian Tait, Wayne Lee.
- MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THE MEMBERS THAT PASSED AWAY.
- ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
Abraham G. presented the meeting’s Agenda on the screen. Michael Kenny moved the Agenda to be adopted, and Nick Watson seconded the motion. Motion was carried.
- REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS AGM
Abraham explained that there was no AGM meeting in 2020 due to the pandemic restrictions. The draft minutes of the 2019 AGM were presented, reviewed, and discussed by the members. Art Iwinski moved the minutes to be approved, and Andra Weis seconded the motion. Motion was carried.
- BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
No business arising from the minutes.
- PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Abraham Garcia, the interim AFS-HQ-SG President provided a brief report of the SG activities during the pandemic. Despite the pandemic, this year has been very busy at the SG level in CRA HQ. The focus was given to the support of the AFS members and handling grievances. Abraham concluded his report talking about settling the disputes resolution in the most efficient way before they go to the second level. At the end, Abraham thanked all members for attending the AGM and providing continuing support of the Union.
- GUEST PRESENTATION
Susan Amog-Hassell summarised the last two years since the 2019 AGM meeting. She congratulated Dan Quinn for becoming the Headquarters Regional Representative last year. She also mentioned Abraham Garcia replacing her as a president of SG when she retired in March 2021.
Susan briefly described the role and activities of the stewards in the workplace and encouraged members to become a steward.
Abraham G. turned the meeting to Brian Hassell, Chair of the Election Committee. The Elections Committee presided over the elections.
Brian chaired the election. Election was held for the following positions in the AFS-HQ Sub-Group.
The Elections Committee informed the membership present at the meeting of the results of the SG election. They are as follows:
President 1-year – Abraham Garcia
Vice-President 2-years – Brian Busby
Treasurer 1-year – James Armstrong
Secretary 2-years– Patrick McIver
1. Bruce Buchardt
2. Audrey Wojcik
3. Andra Weis
4. Daryl Boychuk
5. John Parker
6. Lin Bian
7. Earl Loftman
The first 4 Director spots are 2-years positions. The last 3 spots are for 1-year. John Parker and Daryl Boychuk had an equal number of votes. The person to get a 2-years spot will be determined at the next Executive meeting.
There was a motion to destroy the ballots. The motion was carried.
Brian Hassell thanked everyone for participation and closed the election.
- FINANCIAL REPORT
Nick Watson, the Treasurer, presented the Financial Reports for 2019, 2020, and 2021. He explained in detail the financial statements for those years. After a brief discussion and answering questions, Abraham moved that the 2019 and 2020 Financial Statements to be accepted; seconded by Michael Kenny. The motion was carried.
The proposed Budget for 2021 and 2022 was presented. After explaining the Budget and brief discussion Andra Weis put the motion to accept the Budgets; and seconded by April Chen. The motion was carried.
- NEW BUSINESS / AFS NATIONAL UPDATE
Abraham G. acknowledged that there was no new business from the floor that had not been addressed already. He congratulated the new executives and thanked everyone who allowed their name to stand and are willing to volunteer in the AFS-HQ Subgroup.
There was a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 p.m. – motioned by Art, seconded by Andra. The motion was carried. Abraham G. thanked everyone for participation and officially closed the meeting.