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Organizational Structure

The AEBC is governed and managed, on a day to day basis, by a volunteer elected board of directors comprised of blind, deafblind and partially sighted consumers from across the country.  As the organization has grown, the focus of the national board has shifted primarily to national issues and the routine management of the organizatiion. 

Chapters

To facilitate connections and synergies between members, local "chapters" have been formed, and are typically based around a small geographical area such as a city.  From Vancouver to Halifax, we currently have 7 chapters across Canada, who typically focus their attention toward issues of a more local or regional nature (such as having bus stops announced on local public transit). 

Chapters report on their activities to the national board of directors, but are otherwise largely autonomous.  Chapters are required to comply with a set of bylaws and standards which are based on the national bylaws, and they carry out local fund-raising to support their activities.  Chapters hold their own internal executive elections on an annual basis, and are generally free to engage in whatever local activities (consistent with the objectives and resolutions of AEBC generally) that the membership wishes to take on.  Administrative support (such as the issuance of charitable receipts for donations) is provided through national to each chapter.

Affiliate Organizations

In British Columbia, because of the number of chapters that have formed, an additional layer - the British Columbia Affiliate - exists to coordinate activities within the province.  Chapters in Vancouver (Lower Mainland) and Kelowna routinely meet to discuss issues relevant to BC as a whole, and to strategize and plan BC-based events. 

Members

Members who live in a region served by a local chapter generally belong to that chapter, in addition to belonging to the national organization.  A single membership fee covers participation at both levels.  Members are not required to join a chapter if they are near one; however, most do join, even if they are not able, for one reason or another, to regularly participate in meetings or local events.  Members who are not part of an existing chapter are referred to as Members At Large.

 

 

 

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