TEARMANN SOCIETY FOR ABUSED WOMEN will be hosting the Annual General Meeting on June 21, 2017 at Summer Street Industries. Light refreshments will be served from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. The meeting wll begin at 7 p.m.
Tearmann Society for Abused Women
AGM Briefing Note ______________________________________________________________________________
The by-law and proposed revision has been distributed with the meeting material and a notice of the amendment was posted/advertised as required by Section 11 of the by-laws. The Governance Committee has recommended changes to one by-law and this revision has been reviewed by the Board of Directors. The Board has endorsed the revised by-law 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 by-law as presented at the June 21, 2017 Annual General Meeting.
AGM Motion Form
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Directors of Tearmann Society for Abused Women revise Section 51 to reflect more accurately the Executive Director’s responsibility.
The Complementary Model of Board Governance acknowledges that the responsibility of preparation of the minutes, custody of the books and records, and custody of the minutes of all the meetings of the Society and of the Board of Directors shall be the responsibility of the Executive Director.
Section 51 currently reads:
51) Preparation of minutes, custody of the books and records, and custody of the minutes of all the meetings of the Society and of the Board of Directors shall be the responsibility of the Secretary.
Suggestion revision to Section bolded and underlined:
51) Preparation of minutes, custody of the books and records, and custody of the minutes of all the meetings of the Society and of the Board of Directors shall be the responsibility of the Executive Director.
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:
THANS Provincial Coordinator
Office 902-429-7287 Cell 902-802-2723
For more information about the work of THANS and Transition Houses in NS please go to www.thans.ca
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
Helen Morrison, Cape Breton Transition House Association Executive Director, 902-562-2186 Ext 205, firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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!)
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.
For a current list of dates for CommuniTEA Connections, please click here!
Pictou County Community Support Network: Breaking the Silence