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Recap of 2024 Annual General Meeting


 

Welcome to our recap of the 2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM), where we gathered to reflect on our achievements, welcome new members, and usher in a new phase of growth and progress.


New Members:

We are thrilled to announce the addition of 9 new members to our organization. Their expertise and enthusiasm will undoubtedly enrich our community and strengthen our collective efforts towards international solidarity.


Our new members are:


Thank You to Outgoing Board Members:

A heartfelt thank you goes to our outgoing board members, Danai Bélanger (Board Chair & New Brunswick Representative), and Eric Smith (Director-at-large), for their dedication and invaluable contributions during their tenure. Their leadership has been instrumental in shaping ACIC into what it is today, and we are grateful for their service.


Update on New Board Members:

We extend a warm welcome to our newly elected board members:

  • Kendall Kadatz, University of New Brunswick - Renaissance College (New Brunswick Representative)

    • Kendall's passion for the transformative potential of education abroad programming was initiated during his own education abroad experience in Greece and Turkey in 2005. Fresh off a year of living in South Korea teaching English, the experience of travelling in a learning community took hold of him and has yet to loosen its grip. A far cry from the quiet life of a rural Alberta farm, Kendall's journeys have been steeped in education, community and travel.

    • Throughout his work in education abroad at St. Stephen’s University and Renaissance College, Kendall has been constantly exploring the question of how education abroad initiatives impact the host community, the learning community and the student, looking for how we can step away from colonial mindsets and practices of showing up in a new place with an assumption of having something to offer. Some of the tools and concepts he engages with in his work include creating safe learning spaces, learning communities, international cooperation, pedagogy of discomfort, transformative learning, critical reflection and liminality.

  • Ryan MacRae, Cooper Institute (Member-at-large)

    • Ryan MacRae was born and raised in Prince Edward Island. He graduated with an Economics degree from Mount Allison University in 2017 and continued his studies at the University of Prince Edward Island where he received his Master’s in Global Affairs in 2020. Ryan has worked for various small NGOs in Canada and the Dominican Republic. He currently works as a Program Coordinator for the Migrant Worker Program at Cooper Institute in Charlottetown and volunteers with the Latin American Mission Program and the PEI Fight for Affordable Housing.


Each brings valuable experience and fresh perspectives that will guide us in achieving our strategic objectives. We look forward to their leadership in the coming year.


Resolution for the amendment of By-Law No.1, Section 5.01.C:

At this year's AGM, a resolution was passed, amending Section 5.01.C of the ACIC by-laws, to adjust the ratio of membership types allowed to sit on the board of directors. The exact wording is as follows:


Section 5.01 C states, “at least three-quarters of the Board will be regular members. Remaining directors are not required to be members of the Council, but may be associate members.” The proposed amendment to Section 5.01 C would adjust the ratio of regular members of the Board from three-quarters, or seventy-five percent, to 62.5%.


As we move forward into 2024-25, we are energized by the outcomes of this AGM and excited about the opportunities ahead. Together, we will continue to innovate, collaborate, and work for our members across Atlantic Canada. Thank you to all who attended and participated in making this AGM a success.


For further inquiries or to get involved, please contact us at communications@acic-caci.org.



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