This session is part of the BC Societies Act: Understanding it and Tackling the Big Questions workshop series - for more information see below.
Clarifying Your Purpose
Your purpose says what your organization is here to do, for whom and to what end. It tells people why you exist and distinguishes you from other societies.
In this session, we’ll incorporate design thinking as we launch the process of producing a purpose statement that is clear, compelling and reflective of your work. We’ll address ‘how’ you achieve the Purpose as an entry point for building your Bylaws. We’ll capture the ‘gnarly’ questions that emerge that the Board must discuss and we’ll offer you an approach for having those conversations, and making decisions.
About the Facilitators:
Ann Moskow is a Certified Management Consultant whose company TransformAction Consulting (Ltd.), focuses on strategic governance and strategic change. Ann has more than 35 years as a consultant, including extensive experience with the current Society Act. She’s helped new organizations develop their constitutions and bylaws, societies that were merging create consolidated versions to fit their new society, and established societies bring their constitutions and bylaws up to date.
Claire Rettie, MA, CPCC, ACC is the principal of Borealis Coaching | Consulting (Inc.). Claire has been a consultant and coach in change and transformation for 30 years. Her non-profit portfolio includes strategic leadership, planning and board governance initiatives for local, national and international organizations. From 2010-2014 she was part of a pan-Canadian team teaching Improving Non-Profit Governance for Dalhousie University.
This workshop Series has been graciously supported by the Victoria Foundation. If you are unable to pay the workshop fee, please contact Leanna Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org for a bursary.
About the Workshop Series:
Along with every other society in BC, you have to review and rewrite your Constitution and Bylaws to comply with the new Societies Act (2015).
The first step for your board and senior management is to understand the changes resulting from the new Act.
Then you’ll have to address The Big Questions:
Why do we exist: what’s our Purpose;
Who do we serve: who are our members;
How do we govern: how do we structure our board
We have a ‘foundational workshop’ on the new Act followed by a three-workshop series that will help you get ready to address these key governance and compliance issues.
We’ve designed the workshops so that each lays the foundation for the next Big Question – you build on what you’ve learned and done. In order they are: Understanding the Societies Act; Clarifying Your Purpose; Defining Your Members, and Designing Your Board.
Each Big Question workshop outlines key sections of the Act and guides you through a sequence of hands-on activities on the specific topic. You’ll leave with greater insight into the essential elements; a start on the segment for your Constitution or Bylaws; a list of questions for board discussion, and an approach for moving draft concepts to board recommendations.
Who should attend? You should attend if you’re one of the board members responsible for redoing your Constitution and Bylaws or if you’re the senior manager – and you’ll get the most out of the workshops if you come together.