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LIFE's AGM June 14, 2014

On Saturday, June 14, 2014, Innovative Life Options hosted a morning panel session in Brandon entitled “Let’s Talk ICOF”.  Facilitated by Tara Mullen, the 5 person panel fielded questions and comments regarding various topics related to ICOF and support networks.  It was an interactive session that provided insight to the challenges and successes many ICOF employers and networks are facing.  It was an opportunity for people to connect about deeper issues and ask some of the tough questions. 

In the afternoon, 92 people attended LIFE's Annual General Meeting. To open our meeting and celebrations, Murray performed the Grass Dance for everyone. Thank you Murray for your enthusiasm and contribution to the day.

The General Membership approved the 2013/2014 audited financial statement and elected two new board members. (An updated 2014/2015 Board of Directors list is available, please click here.)

Both the Chairperson and Executive Director presented year end reports, reviewing all the various activities and accomplishments of the organization.

After the official AGM meeting ended, we celebrated “20 Years in ICOF!” It has been a 20 year journey of discovery and growth for many ICOF employers, family and friends.  There are 8 individuals who have been with ICOF for the past 20 years whose pictures decorated the room.  For those original 8 in attendance, their picture posters were presented to them as a keepsake.  Anyone who wanted to speak was given an opportunity to share a few words about their life since receiving ICOF funding. 

There were many touching comments and moments shared.   As well, several people contributed videos to showcase the lives they are living and to share with others what is important to them.
At the conclusion of the day, everyone received a small container with jelly beans to celebrate 20 years of ICOF!

 

FAQ's about the AGM...

  • What is an AGM?
    An AGM is an Annual General Meeting (annual means it happens once a year).  An AGM is a business meeting for the members of the organization so that they can find out how well LIFE managed the business over the past year.  Every single participant of In the Company of Friends and his/her support network is a member of LIFE automatically, at no charge.  Other people in the community can become members if they are interested but they need to pay $5.00.

  • Why do we have an AGM?
    As an organization supported by the government and the community, it is a law that LIFE must have an AGM every single year.  It is the time that everyone gets together and talks about all the things that the organization has done over the year and the way in which money was spent.  An AGM is there to ensure that LIFE is accountable.  Being accountable means LIFE is being responsible to the members and letting them know that they are doing the best work that they can.

  • What happens at the AGM?
    Three things happen each year.

    First, the auditor (an accountant who has reviewed all the expenses and bank statements) presents a report to let the membership know that money is being handled correctly.

    Second, the President of the Board and the Executive Director will provide a report which outlines the things that have happened over the year.

    And lastly, there will be elections for the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is a volunteer group of people who agree to meet regularly and make important decisions for LIFE.

“Working together, ordinary people
can perform extraordinary feats.
They can push things that come into
their hands a little higher up, a little
further on towards the heights
of excellence.”

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Click here for 2013 AGM

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