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Special Members Meeting

Special Members Meeting

To: All Members of Masters Swimming Canada

Please take note that a Masters Swimming Canada Special Members Meeting will take place, via teleconference, on October 15th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

To participate in the teleconference please use the following information to call in:

Dial in #: 1-888-223-8415
Participant code: 955656

There will be three items on the agenda:

  1. Approval of holding the meeting by teleconference
  2. Approval of Articles of Continuance
  3. Approval of new Bylaws

The Articles of Continuance are simply the government form to transition to the new legislation and give basic information about the corporation. The articles we are proposing describe the corporation as it now stands under the current bylaws with two exceptions, the French version of the name has changed slightly, as was approved at the May 2013 AGM by dropping “du”, and the province of the Registered Office has been changed from Nova Scotia to Ontario as MSC’s new Executive Director is located in Ontario.

A side-by-side comparison of the current bylaws and the proposed bylaws has been produced:

The changes are limited to what is necessary to comply with the new NFP Act, with some additional housekeeping that does not change the way MSC operates, the member classes, voting rights, et cetera. The intention is purely to make the transition from the old legislation to the new.

Voting Instructions

Voting, both prior to the meeting for those not attending and during the meeting, will be conducted by online ballot. Club representatives can cast their ballot at any time between now and when votes are taken at the meeting. Since identities cannot be verified in a teleconference the use of online ballots will ensure that only the properly authorized member delegates cast votes. To cast a club’s ballot the club representative should sign on to their mymsc.ca website account where they will find a link to the online ballots page.

The authorized representative for each club is listed on the club list on mymsc.ca. To change the club representative please contact the MSC Registrar at least seven days prior to the meeting.

Background

In 2011, the Government of Canada passed the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) which establishes a new set of rules for federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations in Canada. These new rules replace Part II of the Canada Corporations Act (old Act), the law that has governed federal corporations for nearly a century. The new NFP Act is more suited to the needs of the not-for-profit sector and makes the organization more accountable to their constituents.

All not-for-profit corporations, including National Sport Organizations like Masters Swimming Canada, must update their Bylaws and transition to the new NFP Act by October 17, 2014 or they will be assumed to be inactive and dissolved. This transition is achieved by obtaining membership approval for the Corporation to file the Articles of Continuance.

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New Directors Elected To MSC Board Of Directors

New Directors Elected To MSC Board Of Directors

At its recent Annual General Meeting held November 16th, the election of Directors resulted in three new members of the Board – Carol Fitzwilliam of Montreal, QC who was appointed as Secretary, Dave Freeman of Burlington, ON, and Alisa Boulanger of Toronto, ON, as well as Ed Evelly who was re-elected to the Board and re-appointed to the position of Vice President.

They bring additional expertise and passion to that of the Directors who are completing their two-year term, – Dave Wilkin (President), Keith Kendal (Treasurer), Daniel Hétu, and Bob Groff.

Masters Swimming Canada extends its thanks and appreciation to departing Directors, Lindsay Patten, Sally O’Brien, and Brigitte Zirger for their time and commitment to the goals and objectives of the organization.

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MSC seeks host for 2016 Nationals

MSC seeks host for 2016 Nationals

MSC is accepting Expressions of Interest for hosting the 2016 Canadian Masters Swimming Championships, to be held May 20-23, 2016.

Please find below some very important documents. Make sure you read them carefully before preparing your bid.

It’s important to note that MSC is co-organizer and that it is part of the decision-making process.

Your expression of interest should include the following information.

  • Chair of the Organizing Committee
  • Name of the facility
  • Confirmation that the facility is available Friday to Monday of the long weekend in May
  • Your experience as host of a masters meet
  • Pool description and proposed meet format
  • Pool configuration:
  • Pool depth: Min: Max:
  • Pool width:
  • # of lanes :
  • Availability of warm up/down pool and specifications :

MSC will invite successful Expressions of Interest to submit a more detailed bid.

Please submit your Expression of Interest by Friday, March 20th, 2015.

The winning bid will be contacted no later than April 17th 2015 and will have 3 weeks to come to agreement on a contract with MSC.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at chrystiangauvin@videotron.ca

Chrystian Gauvin

Chair, MSC Nationals Committee

Documents:

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MSC Launches Member Survey!

MSC Launches Member Survey!

Masters Swimming Canada (MSC) is currently conducting a member survey in collaboration with Deloitte Canada to gain a better understanding of the experience of masters swimmers in Canada.

The objective of this survey is to enhance the overall experience of masters swimmers in Canada, and identify further opportunities for MSC to support provincial Masters organizations.

This survey is designed to take between 10 and 20 minutes. Your answers will be anonymous. Your insights are highly valuable and we greatly appreciate the time you will dedicate to answer this survey.

As a token of appreciation, we are prepared to offer a draw which would include free registrations for 2016 nationals, and other MSC merchandise. If you would like to take part in this draw, please fill out your contact information on the last page of the survey.

Link to MSC on-line survey – Please complete:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MSC2015SK

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