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Board Update: Aug 9th, 2019

August 9th, 2019 Posted in Monthly Board News, ROC Board, ROC News | Comments Off on Board Update: Aug 9th, 2019

The ROC board doesn’t usually meet over the summer, but there are still things happening!

Our board has come to the end of the strategic plan that began in 2016, and is now in the early stages of developing a new five-year strategy for the organization.  Part of that will be speaking with community, likely via an electronic survey, to hear what you think priorities should be for our community. Our board will take that feedback, along with trends in areas that align with our vision and mission, and develop goals to work on over the next three to five years.  We’ll be working with HRM Community Developer, Bronwyn Mackinnon to get this important planning activity completed, but we can’t do it without your help as well. We’ll publicize the link to the survey, and if you need assistance filling it in we can use the public computers at PRCC to help you.

The board is still waiting to hear back on the application for funding for a feasibility study around community-based transit.  We expect to hear something in the next few weeks. Feedback from the community on the options that would be supported will be a critical part of this process, so if the funding is approved,  our social media channels  will host information and staff at the PRCC will be informed so you don’t miss an opportunity to share your opinion on what would work best in the Prospect Communities.

One of the roles that the ROC holds is representing the Prospect Communities on the Chebucto West Community Health Board.  The Health Board is working on three main priorities over the next two years. The first, supporting development of a local food security policy, has been an ongoing project  in partnership with the Halifax Food Policy Alliance, and they developing an election primer for the federal election, to empower voters to engage their candidates in doorstep discussions about food security concerns in our local areas.  Look for that in your mailboxes in September.  The next priorities they’ve identified for work over the next couple of years include homelessness and mental health services. They’re in the process of developing action items and you can follow the progress on those issues via the Chebucto West Community Health Board Facebook page. 

 

Board Update: June 11, 2019

June 11th, 2019 Posted in AGM, Board Meeting Minutes, ROC Board | Comments Off on Board Update: June 11, 2019
Our Annual General Meeting was held on Monday, June 10 at the PRCC. Reports from the Executive Director, Facility Maintenance Manager, Operations and Finance Manager and Program and Events Manager were presented. Our Treasurer provided a financial review of the 2018/19 fiscal year, and our Board Elections were held. We welcome new Board Member Bill Aasvangen to the table, and all of our current board members were re-elected as well. 
 
  • Al Goodyer, Chair
  • Rob Gilbert, Vice Chair
  • Treasurer, Brad Knight
  • Secretary, Coralee Carter
 
The Board will take a short break over the summer, possibly convening subcommittee meetings to review transit updates if news of our feasibility grant is approved and action required, and to discuss possible fundraising strategies. As well, work on the Goodwood Beautification project will continue. 
 
We have reached the end of the current strategic plan for the board, and our focus beginning in September will be in redrafting a new five-year plan. We will work in conjunction with community development staff from HRM to achieve this goal. 

Board Update: November 2018

November 27th, 2018 Posted in Monthly Board News, ROC Board, ROC News | Comments Off on Board Update: November 2018

Our board continues to meet monthly. We’ve changed our regular meeting night to be more closely aligned with our financial reporting deadlines, and we now meet the fourth Monday of the month at the PRCC, starting at 6:30.

The Board wishes to thank Liz Amyoony, who has been with the board since 2016. Liz has stepped down due to work commitments, but has been a valuable source of human resources expertise for the board of directors. We offer our sincere thanks, and very best wishes to her!

We do have openings for board members, and would welcome anyone who is interested to have a conversation with our Executive Director, Shirley Jollimore, about the role and responsibilities of the board. Email her at executivedirector@prospectcommunities.com if you’d like to discuss the possibility of working with us! We are specifically looking for a voice from the Goodwood area, and the local business community, but would welcome anyone with particular skill or expertise to join our team.

We’ve made some progress on our strategic plan, which you can view here (link to updated plan) and our transit subcommittee will convene early in the new year to examine the possibility of applying for funding through the province for a feasibility study on community transit. We know that the current HRM transit plan will not be reviewed until 2021, so we will look into other community-based transit options.

Board Update: April 2018

April 17th, 2018 Posted in AGM, Monthly Board News | Comments Off on Board Update: April 2018
April 17 – 2018
 
A major project of the board this year has been  reviewing our Board Policy manual at each meeting, ensuring it is accurate and reflects the work of the board. This work will be finalized as of our May board meeting.  
 
Community Transit: We have struck a subcommittee, comprised of our co-chair Rob Gilbert, board member John Whitlam and our Executive Director, Shirley Jollimore. This group will review the existing information from the previous ROC-sponsored transit pilot, and look at options for moving forward to open this conversation in the community. A new feasibility study would be required before any transit options are explored, and we will reach out to the Rural Transportation Association for advice and guidance on moving forward with this. We will be looking for community assistance in this endeavour, so if you are passionate about this idea, we’d love to hear from you. 
 
Our annual General Meeting is open to all residents of the Prospect Community, and we hope to have you with us! Mark your calendars for Monday, June 11, 6:30 PM at the Community Centre. Board elections take place that evening, so please contact executivedirector@prospectcommunities.com for more information about the role of a board member. We welcome new members to our board. 
 

Monthly Board News: March 2018

March 23rd, 2018 Posted in Monthly Board News | Comments Off on Monthly Board News: March 2018
The ROC board continues to meet each month, and we’re pleased to share that our former Vice Chair, Al Goodyer, has assumed the role of Chair. The Board wants to extend sincere gratitude to our former Chair, Nicole Slaunwhite, whose leadership has been forward thinking and inspiring. Nicole has kindly remained on the board in her capacity as Past Chair, and we appreciate her generosity.
 
Replacing Al in his Vice Chair role is Rob Gilbert. We are also pleased to welcome new board members Al Gilbert and Coralee Carter to the board table, and bid a reluctant farewell to longtime member Jennifer Bell. 
 
Our Strategic Plan has been finalized, and we are pleased to share it with you now. Over the next few months, we will open conversations about community transportation and some of our other goals, and we hope you will join us. 
 
We will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the ROC Board in 2018. We are extremely proud of the growth of this organization and look forward to honouring both the work and the individuals who have been part of the board over the years.