The following motions were passed at the 2022 annual general meeting on Saturday, June 4.
The Board of Directors is recommending Dr. Colin Audain as President-elect for 2022–23. Dr. Audain is a clinical/academic funding program anesthesiologist in the Central Zone. Those who know him attest to his welcoming demeanour, thoughtfulness, excellent communication and organizational skills, and his many leadership qualifications.
Throughout his career, Dr. Audain has sought opportunities to contribute in a meaningful way to the health-care system and his interests align with Doctors Nova Scotia’s mission and vision. His experience with and interest in physician compensation will be an asset in upcoming negotiations. He believes there is an opportunity to work with health-system stakeholders to improve health care in Nova Scotia that has not existed for quite some time, and he values the opportunity to be part of that collaboration.
As a member of the Promoting Leadership in Health for African Nova Scotians advisory committee and the Black Physicians of Nova Scotia Society, Dr. Audain is acutely aware of the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion. > Learn more
New sections proposed
The Board is recommending three applications to create new sections, the Section of Planetary Health, the Section of Black Physicians and the Section of Long-term Care. The applications met the requirements for forming a new section as outlined in the association’s rules and regulations.
The Governance Committee conducted its annual review of the association’s bylaws and is recommending revisions. The proposed changes relate to a revised Process for Selecting the Board Chair; that revised process was approved by the Board in March of this year. > Learn more
The Resolutions Committee reviews all motions for clarity and content. The committee's role is to ensure the proper wording of the motion, not to determine whether the motion goes to the AGM.
Motions that require an amendment to the bylaws will also be reviewed by the Governance Committee and the Board of Directors. The mover will receive feedback from the Board regarding the content and implications of the motion.
Members' Forum replaces motions from the floor
As motions are not accepted from the floor at the AGM, the Board hosts a Members' Forum as part of the business meeting. This session is an open, informal forum for members to discuss with the DNS Board Executive and senior staff any key activities and issues the member finds interesting and relevant. Guidelines for the Members' Forum include objectives and an outline of the process.
Implementation of motions
If a motion to change the bylaws is approved at the AGM, the change comes into effect immediately. All other resolutions approved at the AGM will be reviewed by the Board of Directors in the year following the AGM.
It’s the responsibility of the Board to identify implications and determine the association's ability to carry out the resolution. The Board will take the following factors into consideration:
- Alignment with the strategic plan and direction
- Financial resources required
- Staff resources required
- Best interests of the association
- Legal implications
- Alignment with best practices in business and governance