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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Ontario NDP youth convention (fwd)
I wanteed to alert people on this list about an available space for
a young woman from downtown Ottawa at the Ontario Youth NDP convention.
the age bracket for youth within the NDP is b/w 14-26. The NDP Ottawa
Centre riding association has approved funding for four delegates, one of
whom must be a woman, and must live in the riding to attend the
conference. The conference is being held from August 14- 16th
in London. If you qualify, or know of someone who might, could you
please pass this on to her? The Ontario ND youth is still a small
organization, but it may be an opportunity for a few dynamic activists to
help shake things up a bit within the party. With the upcoming leadership
convention in January 2002, it may be an ideal time to get involved.
Please see email below for more info.
From: "Paris Meilleur" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 21:43:05 -0400
Subject: [ONDYaction] ONDY Convention Call - August 16-18 in London
Here is the "official" Convention Call from the Convention Planning
Committee. (You will receive the same information in the mail later this
If you have any questions about Convention, please feel free to contact me
Paris Meilleur - either via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone
at 519-858-2193. (Please direct specific questions off the list, as not to
flood everyone's inbox...Thanks.)
Take care and I hope to see you all at Convention!
Convention Planning Committee
July 16, 2002
You are invited to join youth from all over Ontario for the Ontario New
Democratic Youth’s Annual Convention in London, Ontario. Convention will
take place from Friday, August 16 until Sunday, August 18 at the Tolpuddle
Housing Co-operative, 380 Adelaide Street N (between King & Dundas).
All members of the NDP, aged 26 and under are entitled to delegate status
at this exciting and important convention.
This year, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the direction of
the ONDY within and without the party to create real changes for youth and
other underrepresented groups. In addition, participants will get the
chance to debate resolutions, listen to speakers and engage in the
building of networks and coalitions.
Included in this package is a draft the agenda, a list of positions to be
elected at Convention and other information about submitting resolutions,
accommodation and location.
We look forward to seeing you in London!
ONDY Convention Planning Committee
Draft Agenda (Subject to Changes)
FRIDAY AUGUST 16 2002
4:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Call to Order
Welcome by Co-Chairs
5:15-6:30 pm Consensus Model Training Session/Workshop
by London’s Action Family followed by consultation, ie how do members wish
to proceed with Convention
6:30-7:30 pm Speaker
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2002
10:00 am Call to Order
Building a Vision for the Future of ONDY
- What kind of party/society do we want?
- What can we do to make this happen?
11-12:00 pm Resolutions
12-1:00 pm Lunch
1-2:00 pm Speaker
2-4:30 pm Resolutions
5 – 6:00 pm Speaker
6:00 pm Tour of the Unity Project
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2002
10:00 am Call to Order
11:30 am Elections (Steering Committee)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Elections (Non-Board)
1-2:00 pm Club Organizing Session
2:30 pm Closing
3:00 pm Adjournment
Billeting: There is (limited) billeting available in London. Please
Paris Meilleur as soon as possible to secure a spot.
(email@example.com or 519-858-2193)
374 Dundas St.
Per person, per night: $84.99 (without taxes)
DELTA LONDON ARMOURIES HOTEL
325 Dundas St.
Per person, per night: $135.95 (without taxes)
HILTON LONDON HOTEL
300 King St.
Per person, per night: $135.95 (without taxes)
LOCATION OF CONVENTION
Convention will be held at the Tolpuddle Housing Co-operative at 380
Adelaide Street N, between King & Dundas. Tolpuddle is near all of the
hotels listed above and close to the VIA Rail and Greyhound Stations, both
RESOLUTIONS & CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
A primary purpose of ONDY Convention is to discuss and pass resolutions
and constitutional amendments with the consent of the grassroots of the
ONDY organization. Please see Resolution & Amendment Forms for more
Please submit resolutions no later than Thursday, August 15
to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to:
c/o Paris Meilleur
7 Lyndhurst Place
POSITIONS TO BE ELECTED AT ONDY CONVENTION
STRUCTURE OF ONDY
The ONDY consists of the grassroots membership of Ontario New Democrats
from age 12 to 26. The organizational structure consists of a Board that
is responsible for furthering the mission statement of the ONDY. The ONDY
Board includes the Steering Committee, which is composed of the following
TWO CO-CHAIRS whose duties include:
i. Providing leadership to the ONDY;
ii. Co-ordinating the activities of the ONDY membership and Board;
iii. Presiding over all meetings of the ONDY;
iv. Acting as the official ONDY spokespersons; and
v. Monthly reports to the ONDY on the listserves and website.
SECRETARY whose duties include:
i. Maintaining the records and archives of the ONDY;
ii. Providing notice of meetings and other events;
iii. Handling correspondence;
iv. Taking minutes of both ONDY Council and Board meetings; and
v. Correcting grammatical errors in ONDY documents.
TREASURER whose duties include:
i. Maintaining the financial records of the ONDY;
ii. Preparing an annual budget to be presented at the first meeting of the
ONDY Board following the Annual Convention;
iii. Handling disbursements;
iv. Maintaining fund-raising, including the collection of moneys owed to
v. Assuring compliance in all activities of the ONDY with Ontario
Expenses act regulations; and
vi. Responsibility for soliciting labour advertising for ONDY
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR whose duties include:
i. Responsibility for publications of materials by the ONDY;
ii. Publishing a minimum of 3 issues of the ONDY newsletter during the
term of office; and
iii. Maintaining the ONDY website.
REGIONAL, COMMITTEE & LABOUR LIAISON whose duties include:
i. Maintaining a functioning link between the Regional Organizers and
Committee Facilitators and the Steering Committee;
ii. Providing administrative support to regional caucuses and committees;
iii. Assisting in co-ordination between regions and between committees;
iv. Maintaining data and contact information from the committees and
regional caucuses for use by the Steering Committee;
v. Maintaining a database of friendly and potential coalition partner
organizations and trade unions;
vi. Attending meeting of the Ontario Federation of Labour and/or other
such labour organizations in the absence of an ONDY Labour Committee; and
vii. Issuing club charters.
TWO REPRESENTATIVES TO PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE whose duties include:
i. Representing the ONDY on the ONDP Provincial Executive;
ii. Reporting to Provincial Executive the activities of the ONDY;
iii. Reporting to the ONDY Steering Committee on Provincial Executives;
iv. Informing the ONDY co-chairs of the agenda of upcoming Provincial
v. Voting in accordance with adopted ONDY policies and positions on the
matters before the Provincial Executive; and
vi. One ONDY Representative shall be the ONDY representative to the
Advisory Council of the NDYC.
The ONDY Board also consists of the following members:
SIX REGIONAL ORGANIZERS (one of two from each region – East, Horseshoe,
Metro Toronto, Northeast, Northwest and Southwest – elected by their
regional caucus) whose duties include:
i. Convening and facilitating active working bodies in their regions to
carry out events, campaigns, membership drives, and other activities;
ii. Encouraging and assisting in the creating of new clubs in their
iii. Providing organizational support to Youth Officers in riding
associations in their regions;
iv. Assisting ridings in the recruitment of candidates for the position of
v. Maintaining contact lists; and
vi. Corresponding with the Steering Committee through the Regional,
Committee & Labour Liaison.
FOUR COMMITTEE FACILITATORS elected by each committee. These ONDY mandated
equity group committees correspond with the four constitutionally mandated
committees of the ONDP:
a. Women’s Committee;
b. Ethno-Cultural Committee;
c. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (LGBT) Committee; and
d. Disabilities Committee.
NON-BOARD MEMBERS include those Regional Organizers and Committee
Facilitators not on the Board.
OTHER POSITIONS TO BE ELECTED
PROVINCIAL COUNCIL DELEGATES. Two delegates from each region will be
elected in regional caucuses.
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Memorial University National Association of Women
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