YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
OF THE ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS OTTAWA
Friday, September 21st, 2018
The Ottawa Mission
35 Waller Street
8:45am – Registration
9:00am – AGM
9:45am – Keynote
HUNGER & AFFORDABLE HOUSING: A COMMUNITY APPROACH
Keynote Speaker: Michael Maidment, CEO Ottawa Food Bank
Every municipality, every town, and every city in Ontario is faced with hunger. From securing fresh and healthy food sources, to driving change through policy research and public education programs, the Ottawa Food Bank unites local business leaders, the food industry, food banks and social service agencies to work together to eradicate hunger across the city.
According to the Ottawa Food Bank’s 2017 Hunger Report, of those accessing emergency food services in Ottawa 35% are children under 18, 35% are families with children and 31% are living in social housing. Join Michael Maidment, CEO of the Ottawa Food Bank to hear more about their work, advocacy and systems level engagement with community partners to address the root causes of hunger.
“Housing is the single biggest expense for people in Ottawa. And, for many who turn to food banks, the biggest problem is access to decent affordable housing,” said Maidment. “We have an election coming up. We have an opportunity in front of us that we cannot miss. Building affordable housing doesn’t only decrease homelessness, it reduces dependency on emergency food banks.”
Hunger is a symptom of poverty, and without long-term solutions to poverty reduction, there will remain a need for food banks in Ontario.
NOTE: Members are invited to review the Alliance 2018 By-Law revisions and 2017-18 Financial Statements prior to the September 21st AGM.
Background: By-Law Amendments 2018
At the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Alliance, updates to the organization’s General Operating By-Law No. 1 were proposed and approved. These changes are reflected in the revised By-Law attached. The principal changes were to replace “Steering Committee” with “Board”; broaden the potential organizational membership; reduce the size of the Board, the Executive Committee and the number of meetings; and change the fiscal year end from December 31st to March 31st.
Since then, the Board has also reconsidered the categories of officers and proposes to re-introduce the Vice-Chair position to the Board and the Executive Committee. In addition, the responsibility (in Section 7.04) to provide a semi-annual accounting of funds held in trust by the Corporation has been moved from being a responsibility of the Secretary to being a responsibility of the Treasurer (Section 7.05). These changes are also reflected in the revised By-Law.