Celebration of Art 2017!

Posted by Tearmann Admin on 19 March 2017

 

 

 

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Family Violence Prevention Week

Posted by Tearmann Admin on 13 February 2017

 

 

Transition House Association of NS

 THANS calls for Nova Scotian’s to wear purple during Family Violence Prevention Week. 

The impact of family violence is extensive - from human suffering, to loss of workplace productivity, to increasing demands on government and community agencies.  In addition to the human suffering, the economic, social and legal cost of family violence in Canada is in the billions. Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS) is calling on Nova Scotian’s to wear purple during Family Violence Prevention Week, February 12-18 2017, as a sign of support and taking a stand to end family violence.  

“We are all likely to know of someone who has experienced, or is experiencing the trauma of abuse,” says THANS Provincial Coordinator, Becky Kent, “It is our hope that everyone in our communities and at all levels of government will use this time to help increase public awareness of family violence by wearing purple and talking about this critical issue.”

Education and public awareness is necessary to the eradication of family violence.  Transition Houses throughout Nova Scotia work tirelessly to support the women and children in our communities who are experiencing family violence, and plan to recognize this important week in Nova Scotia through community partnerships, events, and education campaigns. Many of these activities are open to the public! 

“The Cape Breton Interagency on Family Violence (CBIFV) has planned a number of activities during this week, including a CBRM proclamation, flag raising, ribbon tying, music, and Information displays at the Mayflower Mall,” notes Helen Morrison, CBIFV Chair and Executive Director of Cape Breton Transition House, “We also have Family Day on Tuesday, February 14 at the YMCA, “Purple Friday”, February 17th and free Pancake Breakfast at Sobeys in Sydney and Glace Bay. We ask the public to join us” 

Nova Scotian’s can show their support throughout the week of February 12 – 18 and especially on Friday February 17th simply by wearing something purple, a ribbon, T-shirt, blouse, tie, etc. Wearing purple is your personal way to show you have concerns for the issues and support all victims of family violence.

Let’s Make It Purple Friday to end Family Violence!

 

 

The Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS) member organizations provide transitional services to women (and their children) who are experiencing violence and abuse, including culturally relevant services to Mi’kmaw people. THANS eleven member organizations work with women and their children in thirteen locations across Nova Scotia; Sydney, Waycobah, Port Hawkesbury, Antigonish, New Glasgow, Amherst, Truro, Millbrook, Halifax, Bridgewater, Yarmouth, Digby and Kentville.

For more information, please contact:

Becky Kent

THANS Provincial Coordinator

Office 902-429-7287  Cell 902-802-2723

coordinator@thans.ca

 

For more information about the work of THANS and Transition Houses in NS please go to www.thans.ca

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Press Release - Transition Houses Association of Nova Scotia

Posted by Tearmann Admin on 12 January 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2017

Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS) offers condolences to the family and friends who are impacted by the recent tragedy in Guysborough County, NS.

THANS is saddened that 4 more people have lost their lives in a tragic act of violence, including 2 women and a child. It is often a wife, spouse, mother or sister who offers the closest support for the men and women that they love. They try to piece together the family unit in a way that allows their loved one to cope in a difficult situation, which can leave them feeling unsafe and vulnerable to violence.

Becky Kent, Provincial Coordinator for THANS says, "There are far too many women in our communities at risk of or experiencing violence. Many women have accessed services at our shelters and outreach services, and we expect that this tragedy may heighten feelings of being unsafe. Our goal is to make sure that families, in particular women, know that there are supports out there for them.”

The Transition House Association of Nova Scotia (THANS) member organizations can and do provide support to women and children. There are many contributing factors to family violence, and as community partners in this societal issue we are here to help.

Transition House and Outreach services that may help women and children in our communities include:
• 24 Hour Crises Line
• Counselling Services
• Emergency Shelter
• Safety Planning
• Referrals to other community Service Providers
• Assistance with Peace Bonds and Emergency Protection Orders

If any woman in Nova Scotia feels unsafe in their home due to family or intimate partner relations, please contact our toll free 24hour Crises Line 1-855-225-0220.

You can also access our http://thans.ca/get-help/find-a-shelter/ for a list of our Shelters in your area or find information for Neighbors, Friends and Families, under our “Get Help” tab.

Or visit http://www.sheltersafe.ca/nova-scotia/ to find a shelter for you or friend in need.

For more information contact:
Becky Kent, Provincial Coordinator Transition House Association, 902-429-7287, coordinator @thans.ca
or
Helen Morrison, Cape Breton Transition House Association Executive Director, 902-562-2186 Ext 205, helenm@cbtha.com

 

 

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Sounds of Joy Concert

Posted by Tearmann Admin on 12 January 2017

On December 23rd, the Sounds of Joy Concert, produced by Donna Hargreaves, was held at the Trinity United Church will all proceeds going to Tearmann Society for Abused Women. Thank you to our sponsors and to all those that attended and supported Tearmann Society.

I would like to sincerely thank all the performers for sharing their amazing talent and offering us such a wonderful night of music! 

A big thank you goes to Scotiabank and their employees for their tremendous support and volunteer time on the night of the concert.

First photo: Front: Margie Gratto (Scotiabank), Stephanie Duggan (Tearmann), Back: Christine Falt (Scotiabank), Tami MacLennan (Scotiabank), Donna Smith (Tearmann).
Second photo: Front: Wendy Huggan (Scotiabank), Beverely Snow (Scotiabank), Heidi Jamieson (Tearmann Board Member) Back: Tami MacLennan (Scotiabank) 

Margie Gratto left Christine Falt left back Tami Mac Lennan middle

Wendyleft Tami MacLennan middle and Beverly Snow right

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Annual Women's Christmas Celebration

Posted by Tearmann Admin on 18 December 2016

We were thrilled to be a part of the 1st Annual Women's Christmas Celebration in Pictou Landing last week. So much fun! (Executive Director, Donna Smith, makes a GREAT Ms. Claus!)

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Sounds of Joy

Posted by Tearmann Admin on 24 October 2016

Announcing Sounds of Joy!

Producer, Donna Hargreaves, has announced that Sounds of Joy will be donating their proceeds to Tearmann Society this year!  We are so pleased to be a part of this annual event.  

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CommuniTEA Connections!!!

Posted by Tearmann Admin on 14 October 2016

 

For a current list of dates for CommuniTEA Connections, please click here!

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Job Posting

Posted by Tearmann Admin on 7 July 2016

Pictou County Community Support Network: Breaking the Silence

Job Posting:

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Annual General Meeting

Posted by Tearmann Admin on 24 June 2016

Tearmann Society for Abused Women held an Annual General Meeting on June 16, 2016.  Highlights of the meeting included the official launch of the Tearmann website by Executive Director Donna Smith and staff member Patricia Perry.  Also, during the meeting, The Bursary Committee announced that Melissa Fanning is the recipient of the Joanne Kohout Memorial Bursary.  CONGRATULATIONS Melissa!

 

Pictured Below are: Board Member Mary MacIntosh, Melissa Fanning, Executive Director Donna Smith, Board Member Anne Jenkins, Board Member Kaitlyn Touesnard.

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Annual General Meeting 2016

Posted by Tearmann Admin on 3 June 2016

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Tearmann Society for Abused Women

AGM Briefing Note

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By-laws Revision: The By-laws and proposed revisions will be distributed with the meeting material, and a notice of the amendments will be posted/advertised as required by Section 11 of the By-laws. The Governance Committee has recommended changes to several By-laws and these revisions have been reviewed by the Board of Directors. The Board has endorsed the revised By-laws to be brought forth at the Annual General Meeting for approval of the membership.

The Governance Committee reviews the By-laws regularly to ensure they:

  • are in line with our governing legislation and model of board governance;
  • are current and reflect any recent changes and governance updates that have been made;and
  • have simple and easy-to-read language.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the membership of Tearmann Society for Abused Women approves the revised Bylaws as presented at the June 15, 2016 Annual General Meeting

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AGM Motion Proposed Motion:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Directors of Tearmann Society for Abused Women revise Section 34 of the by-laws to include, when possible, the Past Chairperson as a member of the Executive Committee.

Rationale: 

  • To allow the Board to benefit from the wisdom and experience of the Past Chairperson
  • To act as a mentor to the incoming Chairperson
  • To provide continuity and thereby ease the transition

Section 34 currently reads:

The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary and other such persons as the Directors decide. The offices of Treasurer and Secretary may be combined.

Suggested Revisions to the Section 34 bolded and underlined

The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and immediate Past-Chair (if Past Chair remains an active Board member), and other such persons as the Directors decide. The offices of Treasurer and Secretary may be combined.

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AGM Motion Proposed Motion:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT

the Board of Directors of Tearmann Society for Abused Women revise Section 39 of the by-laws to reflect the operating features of the Complementary Model of Board Governance which the Board uses to guide its work.

Rationale:

  • The Complementary Model of Board Governance acknowledges the minutes of Board meetings as legal documents that must be maintained and stored according to our policies and therefore state this role should be a duty of an employee of the Society and not a volunteer.
  • In practice the minutes have been recorded by the Secretary of the Board of Directors (a volunteer) and forwarded to the Executive Director (staff) for review. The Executive Director distributes the minutes to the Board and is responsible for their safe storage.
  • We have added the word “may” to reflect the variations in practice that individual boards may adopt to ensure the proper maintenance of the board’s proceedings.

Section 39 currently reads: The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Society, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee and keep proper minutes of the proceedings and do such things as may be delegated to the Secretary by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee.

Suggested Revisions to the Section 39 bolded and underlined

The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Society, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee and may keep proper minutes of the proceedings and do such things as may be delegated to the Secretary by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee.

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AGM Motion Proposed Motion:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Directors of Tearmann Society for Abused Women revise Section 40 of the by-laws to reflect more accurately reflect responsibilities of the Treasurer’s role.

Rationale:

  • The Complementary Model of Board Governance acknowledges the financial records of the Society as legal documents that must be maintained and stored according to our policies and therefore state this role should be a duty of an employee of the Society and not a volunteer.
  • Depending on the needs of the Society the Treasurer may provide more or less support, and take on greater or fewer duties as required. The amended motion clarifies that the Treasurer’s role is to ensure proper books of account are maintained by staff with the Treasurer’s support.

Section 40 currently reads: The Treasurer shall carry out such duties as assigned by the Board of Directors and such duties may include the deposit of monies in a Chartered Bank to the credit of the Society; the safe keeping of any and all securities of the Society in a manner as directed by the Board and attend to the payment of Society accounts/expenses as directed. The Board, at each Annual Meeting, may appoint signing officers as it deems appropriate and the Treasurer may be appointed as signing officer. The Treasurer shall keep proper books of account and shall furnish, from time to time, such statements in detail of the affairs of the Association or such other matters as may be directed by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee. If the Board requires, the Treasurer shall be bonded in such amount as may be required from time to time by the Board.

Suggested Revisions to the Section 40 bolded and underlined:

The Treasurer shall carry out such duties as assigned by the Board of Directors and such duties may include the deposit of monies in a Chartered Bank to the credit of the Society; the safe keeping of any and all securities of the Society in a manner as directed by the Board and attend to the payment of Society accounts/expenses as directed. The Board, at each Annual Meeting, may appoint singing officers as it deems appropriate and the Treasurer may be appointed as signing officer. The Treasurer shall ensure that proper books of account are kept and may from time to time, furnish such statements in detail of the affairs of the Society or such other matters as may be directed by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee. If the Board requires, the Treasurer shall be bonded in such amount as may be required from time to time by the Board.

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AGM Motion Proposed Motion:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Directors of Tearmann Society for Abused Women revise Section 44 of the by-laws for clarity.

Rationale:

  • The Board of Directors has different types of committees and this by-law does not differentiate.

Section 44 currently reads:

The Board of Directors may appoint Committees and delegate such Committees such power and duties as, in their discretion, they deem appropriate. In all cases, the Board of Directors must name one of their members as Chairperson of such Committees.

Suggested Revisions to the Section 44 bolded and underlined:

The Board of Directors may appoint Board Committees and delegate such Committees such power and duties as, in their discretion, they deem appropriate. In all cases, the Board of Directors must name one of their members as Chairperson of such Board Committees.

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AGM Motion Proposed Motion:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Directors of Tearmann Society for Abused Women revise Section 45 of the by-laws to reflect the correct job title.

Rationale: 

The correct designation should be “Chartered Professional Accountant”.

Section 45 currently reads: A chartered accountant shall be appointed annually by the members of the Society at the annual general meeting and on failure of the members to appoint an accountant, the Directors may do so.

Suggested Revisions to the Section 45 bolded and underlined:

A Chartered Professional Accountant shall be appointed annually by the members of the Society at the annual general meeting and on failure of the members to appoint an accountant, the Directors may do so.

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AGM Motion Proposed Motion:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Directors of Tearmann Society for Abused Women amend Section 46 of the by-laws to include the correct professional designation.

Rationale:

  • Replace “chartered accountant” with Chartered Professional Accountant to reflect the appropriate professional designation.

Section 46 currently reads: The Directors shall make a written report to the members as to the financial position of the Society and the report shall contain a balance sheet and statement of income and expenses. The chartered accountant appointed at the annual general meeting shall conduct a review engagement of the Society and the statement of income and expenses of the Society and shall prepare financial statements consistent therewith. The chartered accountant so engaged shall be given access to all books, vouchers and accounts of the Society and all documents having reference to the business thereof. It shall be his/her duty to examine same and to prepare financial statements to be presented to the members at the next annual general meeting of the Society and to make such further reports as the Directors may from time to time require and to do such further and other matters as may be required by the Directors. A copy of the balance sheet showing the general particulars of the liabilities and assets of the Society and a statement of its income and expenses in the preceding years as reviewed by the chartered accountant shall be filed with the Registrar within fourteen days after the annual meeting in each year as required by law.

Suggested Revisions to the Section 46 bolded and underlined:

The Directors shall make a written report to the members as to the financial position of the Society and the report shall contain a balance sheet and statement of income and expenses. The Chartered Professional Accountant appointed at the annual general meeting shall conduct a review engagement of the Society and the statement of income and expenses of the Society and shall prepare financial statements consistent therewith. The Chartered Professional Accountant so engaged shall be given access to all books, vouchers and accounts of the Society and all documents having reference to the business thereof. It shall be his/her duty to examine same and to prepare financial statements to be presented to the members at the next annual general meeting of the Society and to make such further reports as the Directors may from time to time require and to do such further and other matters as may be required by the Directors. A copy of the balance sheet showing the general particulars of the liabilities and assets of the Society and a statement of its income and expenses in the preceding years as reviewed by the Chartered Professional Accountant shall be filed with the Registrar within fourteen days after the annual meeting in each year as required by law.

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