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Agenda for SRA meeting, 1 February 2012

7:15 PM at the Strathcona Community Centre

 

Note from the Chair: Hello all. Our last meeting was filled with a lot of passionate, often heated discussion. At time things got out of hand, and I apologise to everyone for not being more in control of the situation. On a multitude of levels—culturally, racially, economically, linguistically, politically—we are a very diverse community, probably one of the most diverse in the city. I have always treasured this diversity and counted it as one of our East End neighbourhood’s greatest strengths. This will not be the last time that the SRA will need to address issues or situations in which there is a wide diversity of passionate, sometimes diametrically opposed opinions.

 

Over the past while we have taken steps to ensure that members feel safe to express their opinions in the voting process by instituting a secret ballot. To this I would like to recommend we formally adopt these procedures (Thank you Gordon Roe for these suggestions):

Having a separate person from the chair maintain the speakers’ list

Allowing speakers only through that list

And that the Chair will stop people from interjecting comments or personalizing issues

 

To these small steps will likely be added others, but I think this is a good start. Though we may not always agree with each other it is important that we respectfully hear each other out and recognise that we are all Strathcona residents, attending these meetings out of a concern for the welfare of our East End neighbourhood and each other. 

 

I would like to remind everyone that we have a formally adopted Code of Conduct which I have attached below. This has been in place since 1999.  Please note the line which says: Members and volunteers agree to support and uphold the guiding principles of the Community Plan for the Strathcona Neighbourhood.  Since it has been a long time since work was done on that Community Plan we will be dusting it off and posting it on the website for everyone to read. I think it would be a very good thing if we were all familiar with the history and principles of the Community Plan, how it came to be, who was involved and how it relates to the SRA.  

James 

 

News/Announcements

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 7:00 - 9:00pm Carnegie Theatre at 401 Main Street 

BEYOND PROHIBITION - History, Harms & Alternatives to the War on Drugs

Free public forum | Panel discussion 

 

Saturday, February 11, 2012 7:00pm – 1:00 am at the Russian Hall, 600 Campbell

BLAZING TRUMPETS!!! Mariachi Night at the Russian Hall

Advance Tickets $17. $20 at the door

 

Committee Reports

 

Guest Speaker: 

Constable Dave Krenz from the Vancouver Block Watch Programme invites people in the neighbourhood to come out and discuss safety and security issues in the neighbourhood.

 HYPERLINK "http://vancouver.ca/police/community-policing/block-watch/index.html" http://vancouver.ca/police/community-policing/block-watch/index.html 

 

Code of Conduct

For members of the Strathcona Residents’ Association *

Purpose: To provide Strathcona Residents’ Association (SRA) members and volunteers with Code of Conduct guidelines to ensure a high standard of integrity, community mindedness and respect is evident in all activities associated with the SRA. 

The Code of Conduct also serves to inform members and volunteers in areas regarding confidentiality and areas where conflict of interest may arise. 

Guidelines: Members and volunteers acknowledge and respect the responsibility of the Strathcona Residents' Association and its elected volunteers in all matters concerning the successful continued operation and presence of the Association. 

Members and volunteers agree to support and uphold the guiding principles of the Community Plan for the Strathcona Neighbourhood. 

Where representing the Strathcona Residents’ Association, members and volunteers will act and speak towards others with respect and dignity; deal with others judiciously and always be mindful of others’ human rights. 

Members and volunteers will respect the right to confidentiality and shall not disclose information not made available to the public without proper authorization from the President or designate. Members and volunteers shall not benefit, or appear to benefit, from the use of information acquired as a result of volunteer duties with the Strathcona Residents’ Association unless such information is available to the public generally. 

Members and volunteers will be willing to open and review of the quality and practices of both conduct and of service rendered in the performance of duties. 

Procedure: Alleged breaches of these Code of Conduct guidelines by members or volunteers of the Strathcona Residents’ Association shall be brought to the attention of the Chair or designate who will investigate and report to the membership. Where an alleged breach of these Code of Conduct guidelines involves the Chair directly, the matter shall be referred to another elected volunteer. 

Effective: These Code of Conduct guidelines are effective June 1999. 

President: Nicole Liddell
Date: June 2, 1999

* These guidelines are applicable to both active SRA members and non-voting members. Guests who have been invited to attend SRA meetings are also expected to conduct themselves in accordance with these guidelines.