Thank you to everyone that attended STAND’s townhall meeting on March 10. Please find below the notes from that meeting for everyone’s reference, compiled from all the directors.
If anyone has questions regarding these notes, please drop me a line at email@example.com.
Organizational Update (Scott Fenwick)
- New Campaigns Director, responsible for the Conflict-free Canada Initiative: Tayla Shirley, from the University of British Columbia chapter. Tayla will be leading STAND’s efforts on conflict-minerals.
- New Deputy Chapters Directors: Naqia Shirazi (responsible for chapter outreach) and Adlai Salcedo (responsible for chapter strategy). More details are below.
- New Deputy Advocacy Director: Charlotte Connolly.
- We are in the midst of looking for a new Human resources Director, and the posting should be on the STAND website by early April.
- Communications: new director, Justin Benko, who will be working on updates on the blog, and social media.
- Although the main objective is currently seeing organizational stability and expanding chapter support, we are further up ahead in achieving this than at this point last year.
Advocacy and Policy (Scott, on behalf of Mieka Buckley-Pearson and Michelle Legassicke)
- Adi Burton has been appointed as Deputy Director of Chapter Advocacy. She used to be co-president of the UBC chapter.
- MP meetings on Parliament Hill, led by our Ottawa advocacy group (largely from Carleton University) are in progress.
- We have had 3 MP meetings in the past 2 weeks (as of March 10), attended by 2 of our advocacy reps, with more MP meetings have been scheduled and are coming up this month
- We have recruited a Deputy Advocacy Director, Charlotte Connolly – she is currently in Toronto and will be back in Ottawa early April, and will be assisting our Advocacy Director, Mieka Buckley-Pearson.
- Policy is doing a review on our foreign policy recommendations to the Canadian government, as well as focusing on writing blog posts.
Chapters (Courtney Loftus)
- Adlai and Naqia, strategy and outreach, and will be working on projects Handbook
- Handbook in the process of being created for new and transitioning clubs Projects.
Key messaging project:
- The Chapter and Deputy Chapter Director will work together to create strong key messaging for STAND Chapters in order to create uniformity in the delivery of our messaging:
- What is STAND?
- What doe STAND do?
- Where does STAND operate?
- What are STAND’s policies?
- “A World Without Genocide”
- All messaging will be provided digitally and in the form of paper materials, sich as pamphlets, posters, and flyers. This will be a part of the Chapter Handbook as well, which is headed by the Chapter Director and will be completed in April 2014. The successful completion of this project
Educational Seminars project:
- Educational seminars will be coordinated by the Deputy Chapter Director (Outreach). These can be hosted by different people depending on the topic; it would be a forum for the policy director to explain to chapters about a specific policy, for the advocacy director to walk through chapter advocacy with the chapters, and for chapters to explain successful events to other members.
- The goal is to open these seminars up to the public – like the public hangouts that journalists, etc. do, bringing in volunteers and interested members. They would also be optional. Held mainly online, but could be held in-person with a STAND group and broadcast so that others could also participate.
Conflict-free Canada Initiative (Tayla Shirley)
The Conflict-Free Canada Initiative (CFCI), a campaign of STAND Canada, aims to educate citizens about the ongoing crisis in eastern Congo and its relationship to mining practices. Through engagement with the Canadian public, civil society, industry and government, our campaign mobilizes Canadians to advocate for responsible mining practices in the African Great Lakes Region. We seek to build a nation-wide grassroots movement in demand of conflict-free products; to liaise with industry leaders committed to corporate social responsibility and conflict-free mining practices; and to engage decision-makers to create legislation that enforces accountability and transparency for Canadian companies that directly or indirectly use conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten & gold).
Some of my goals for the position include:
- Engaging the chapters by providing the materials, information, campaign products and just general support through your campaign. I want to know what the chapters have been doing in regards to CFCI and make sure that we have to continuity across all the chapters. I’ve hired
- Updating the information - I want to be able to provide the chapters with the most up to date information about conflict minerals and company policies which means I want to update the policy documents that we have. Keeping up to date with the CFCI page and providing links on what is happening with CFCI.
- Making more corporate contacts – This will be good for both National and getting support for this policy from within the industry and good for the chapters because it will hopefully give you some speakers you can call upon if necessary and again provide you with more information on what is happening with CFCI.
Fundraising (Kaleigh Norkum)
- A first part of the new STAND membership regulations will be enacted later this spring, with the intentions of getting upcoming graduates from the individual STAND chapters before they leave school so that they can be added to our STAND alumni list. We’re Still going over the specifics of this.
- There are plans to put our budgets, our expenses, everything up on the website for transparency.
- Going to be sending out the volunteer description for the Deputy Fundraising Director soon.
- UBC asked about different fundraising ideas, but also questioned whether creating a document would be wise because of low chapter participation.
- Kaleigh had previously looked at making a manual on this for the chapters and now that it was raised by UBC she feels confident about starting one. Her goal is to have this done by September 2014.