Board Highlights

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February 2019

Finance committee

The 2018 financial audit was completed in early February. The auditor will present the audit report to the finance committee on March 5th and then the board on March 14th. 

Advocacy – social determinants of health

We continue to collaborate with partners working in the area of social determinants of health – poverty, lack of housing, income, etc. The Association is a member of the steering and service committees for the May 13th service expo Gi-Zhe Waa Ti-Sii Win. This one-day event provides individuals/families experiencing homelessness an opportunity to connect with health services they otherwise might not access. 

Research

If funded, the Association will be participating in a CIHR study “Impact of Primary Care Teams’ Funding Model on Roles, Processes and Comprehensiveness.” 

March 2019

Board workshop

The board directors and members of the governance committee participated in a workshop to create the next set of strategic goals. The process was very positive and the board determined three goals that they would revisit at a following meeting to ensure they were on track. It was decided that the board and governance committee would revisit the Association vision, mission and values at the May or June board meeting to further develop the strategic plan. 

Bylaw amendments

Changes to the bylaws have been suggested. The board approved that they will recommend the adoption of the restated bylaws to members at the AGM. A comparison table with the current bylaws, the proposed amendments and how the bylaws will read will be provided to members as well as a rationale for the changes in each section. 

CNPS refunds

With our launch of new member benefits, we have nurses who are calling or emailing to enquire about returning as our members. CNPS has agreed to work with the Association to streamline the refund process so that it is easy for the nurses to rejoin the Association.

May 2019

Development of Pre-Authorized Payment Plan

Staff are currently developing a recurring Pre-Authorized Payment program that will coincide with the upcoming membership drive. Development of this program was in response to member feedback requesting different payment frequencies. 

Associate membership promoted to RPNs and LPNs

Following the approval of the bylaw changes related to membership categories at the April 2019 annual general meeting, an Associate membership category was established so that RPNs and LPNs could access Association and Canadian Nurses Association membership benefits and services. Staff are connecting with the respective colleges to request that they share this information with their registrants.  

Vision, mission, and values review

During the board’s strategic planning session, a review of the Association’s vision, mission and values was initiated.  A draft revision was discussed and will be brought forward to the governance committee for their input before final approval at a later board meeting.

August 2019

Meeting with Dr.  John Gerrard, health and education critic for the Manitoba Liberal Party

The president reported on the meeting, that was requested by Dr. Gerrard in advance of the provincial election.  He provided an overview of the Liberal party’s health platform which allowed us the opportunity to provide feedback and additional information related to key health issues that are of concern to nurses and the health of people living in Manitoba. 
 

Meeting with Cameron Friesen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living; Deputy Minister Karen Herd; and Sean Brygidyr, Executive Director, Workforce

The president reported on the meeting with the Minister and Deputy Minister that provided an opportunity to position the Association as a credible resource to consult on relevant health topics/issues as we have a unique mandate that advocates for the profession of nursing and is different than the College and Union. We informed him of the purpose and value of the Manitoba Nursing Leadership Forum that the Association chairs. 

Diversity position statement

A diversity position statement has been developed and reviewed by the governance committee and approved by the board. The position statement will be put on the website on the About page under the vision, mission and values. 

Elections timeline

Elections will be held in spring 2020, with new directors being declared prior to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) so that the new board will have their first meeting the month after the AGM.