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2020 Conference - Virtual - Closing The Gaps Between Perception And Reality

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians / L’Alliance pour l’Égalité des Personnes Aveugles du Canada

MEMORANDUM

CALL TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions to AEBC:

•Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)

•T-Base Communications

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians / L’Alliance pour l’Égalité des Personnes Aveugles du Canada will take place virtually via Zoom on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, 2020. The theme of this year's conference is “Closing the Gaps Between Perception and Reality.”

Registration: There will not be a registration fee for this year’s AGM. Registration will open on Saturday, August 1, 2020 so please stay tuned for further information.

At the AGM, we will be electing the following positions on the National Board:
• First Vice-President (two year term);
• Treasurer (two year term); and
• Director (two year term).

Chantal Oakes (President), Louise Johnson (Second Vice-President), and Devon Wilkins (Director) still have one year remaining in their terms.

In addition, Dar Wournell, our National Secretary, has indicated that she has decided to retire from the National Board as National Secretary at the close of this year's AGM. What this means is that we will need to fill the role of National Secretary for a one-year term.

To be elected to the Board, you must be:
• An active or lifetime member in good standing;
• Blind, deafblind, or partially sighted (as defined in section 1 of our bylaws – essentially, "an individual with a visual acuity of 20/60 or less (as measured on the Snellan eye chart) in their better eye with best correction, or whose visual field measures less than twenty degrees")
• Over 18 years of age;
• Not have been declared incapable by a Court in Canada or elsewhere; and
• Not have the status of a bankrupt (i.e. not have an undischarged bankruptcy underway).

Should you wish to run for any of the above positions, we encourage you to send in your candidate’s platform to secretary@blindcanadians.ca before September 5, 2020, so that it can be included in the Final Call, thus giving members the opportunity to instruct their proxy-holders. The final version of the Call to the AGM, including the draft agenda, Minutes from the 2019 AGM, 2019 financial report, resolutions, proxy form, etc., will be sent to members on or before September 5, 2020.

Proxies: The bylaws provide that members shall vote by proxy in elections and on any matters of organizational policy. A proxy form will be included in the Final Call to the AGM. Anyone wishing to vote by proxy should consider seeking a Proxy-holder in the meantime. If you are unable to find a Proxyholder, please contact secretary@blindcanadians.ca to be put in touch with another member who can carry your proxy.

Please be aware of these important dates:

• If you are planning to attend our 2020 National Annual General Meeting, registration will open on August 1, 2020. Please stay tuned for further details.

• The last day to submit a resolution (other than a bylaw amendment) was July 28, 2020.

• The last day to submit a proposed bylaw amendment is August 12, 2020 (45 days prior to the AGM). Please send all bylaw amendments to the National Secretary at secretary@blindcanadians.ca.

• In order to be entitled to vote at the AGM, 2020 memberships must be received and recorded by the National Office before August 12, 2020 (45 days prior to the start of the AGM). If you join or renew after that date, you may of course attend the AGM, but you will not be entitled to vote.

We understand that this is AEBC’s first time hosting a virtual AGM. We will be hosting a series of sessions for members on how to use Zoom on computers, smart devices, especially voting (including proxies). Please stay tuned for further details.

We hope you will join us at our Annual General Meeting this year. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dar Wournell, National Secretary, by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-561-4774 or by email at secretary@blindcanadians.ca.

Dar Wournell, National Secretary
Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

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