Constitution and By-laws
Article 1 NAME
1.1 The name of the organization is “Gerontological Nurses Association of British Columbia” hereinafter referred to as GNABC.
Article 2 PURPOSES
2.1 Provide a sustainable and professional organization for all nurses involved in Gerontological nursing within the province of BC.
2.2 Promote and assist in the development of provincial and national standards of excellence in Gerontological nursing.
2.3 Promote educational programs to facilitate best practice in the care of the older adult.
2.4 Promote networking opportunities and foster inter-professional connections for nurses and other health care providers who participate in the care of the older adult.
2.5 Promote and disseminate Gerontological nursing research.
2.6 Influence government, the public, educational institutions, and professional and other organizations involved in the care of the older adult.
2.7 Advocate on behalf of the older adult in regard to health care issues.
2.8 Provide opportunities for affiliations with other provincial and national nursing organizations.
2.9 Communicate information about College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) and Canadian Gerontological Nurses Association (CGNA) as it pertains to the members of GNABC.
Bylaws under review
DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS OF THE EXECUTIVE
The President will preside at all meetings of the Association and is an ex- officio member on all Association Committees.
The President will sign all by-laws and approve all agendas and minutes of meetings, and prepare a report for the AGM.
The President delegates responsibilities to the President Elect and other members as necessary. The President acts as the liaison with other professional and community organizations.
During the absence or inability of the President, his/her duties and powers may be exercised by the President Elect. Both the President and President Elect will be signing members.
The President Elect assists the President in the performance of duties and will also be responsible for acquisitions and management of promotional items.
The President Elect is co chair of the annual conference.
The Past President acts in an advisory capacity, to the President and Executive and is the chair of the nominating committee.
The Secretary will be the custodian of all books, papers, records, correspondence, contracts and other documents belonging to GNABC, except those required to be kept by the Treasurer.
The Secretary will record and distribute minutes of all proceedings in the books kept for that purpose.
The secretary maintains an accurate record of the names and contact information for all members of the provincial and chapter executives.
The secretary gives notices to members of the AGM forty five (45) days prior to the scheduled meeting and of vacant positions not less than ninety (90) days prior to circulation of ballots.
The Secretary will also perform such other duties as may from time to time be determined by the Executive.
The Treasurer will receive all monies owing to GNABC including, but not limited to, membership fees at the beginning of the fiscal year. The Treasurer will also discharge all debts against GNABC by means of cheques, co-signed by the President or in his/her absence, the President-elect.
The Treasurer supervises the collection of and keeps on deposit, the funds and securities of GNABC.
The Treasurer will prepare an annual budget for approval by the Executive and the membership at each Annual General Meeting. The Treasurer will attend to all financial affairs of GNABC, which will include, but not be limited to, arrangement of the annual review within two months of the fiscal year and make application for available financial funds as directed by the executive.
The Treasurer will be a signing officer and also perform such other duties as may from time to time be determined by the Executive.
DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Media Chair will collect pertinent information to be included in the GNABC website. This will include soliciting articles and reports. The Media Chair will work closely with the webmaster to keep the website current and available to all members.
Education Chair will be responsible for advising the executive on educational themes for annual conferences, researching current issues in older adult health to
inform the executive and coordinates the awarding of the GNABC annual education grant.
Membership Chair/Chapter Development will be responsible for maintaining a directory of all members of the GNABC and prepare reports on membership for each executive meeting. The chair will maintain effective relationships and provide support and exchange of effective recruiting techniques amongst the Chapters. The Membership chair liaises with the Chapters as to the status of each Chapter membership numbers as he/she receives this information from the Business Service Office.