We are very
excited to announce that at last week’s Constituency Members’ meeting we
finalized the details of a new and enhanced Constituency Council. As
well, there was an important amendment to the organization's by-laws, endorsed
by the Constituency Membership.
Constituency Membership was created at the time of the formation of CAMH, in
1998, as CAMH’s corporate membership. The Membership has met twice a
year, every year, since the beginning. The group has been a great
resource for the organization to discuss developments at the hospital, share
information and resources with local communities, and to guide the work of CAMH
as we brought together the four founding organizations into one.
years, the time had come to update the mandate, roles and responsibilities of
the Constituency. This was the focus of discussion at the Constituency
members meeting last December 2012.
January 2013, a dedicated working group of 15 Constituency Members started
meeting on a regular basis to lay out a new mandate for the Constituency,
including improvements to our communications, expectations of membership, a
focus on regional representation and the make-up of the group.
week’s endorsement of the new model, we are very proud that the new Constituency
Council will be even better than before! We’ve made enhancements in
several areas, including:
dedicated web-portal to keep members up to date
semi-annual newsletter created by and for members
defined expectations for participation
into the evaluation of the CEO and President
into the hospitals’ outcome measurement, through the CAMH Scorecard
representation on the Council, including Aboriginal and First Nations
Providers, Child and Youth Mental Health, Forensics, and Geriatric care,
and on-going communication with the Board of Trustees, including direct
sharing of information, Trustee attendance at Council meetings, and an
opportunity to make a formal annual presentation to the Board.
It was really
encouraging that the majority of the improvements were brought forward by the
Working Group, and the collaborative and constructive process is surely a sign
of good things to come.
enhancements to the role of the Constituency coincided with the related decision regarding
CAMH’s corporate membership made at Thursday’s Annual General
Meeting. The membership voted to approve a by-law amendment which changed
the legal definition of the corporate membership, to bring it in line with best
practice, where the Board of Trustees will also act as the Corporate
Membership. This change, along with the enhancements made to the role of
the Constituency is an important development for overall governance of the
organization going forward.
At CAMH, we are really looking forward to a
robust, engaged, and active Constituency Council, and know they will continue
to play an invaluable role for the organization.