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Saturday 4th December 2021 at 12pm AEDT

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) will hold its 46th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in a virtual capacity on Saturday 4th December 2021 at 12:00pm AEDT (NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas), which is 9:00am AWST (WA), 10:30am ACST (NT), 11:00am AEST (Qld), 11:30am ACDT (SA).

The AGM will be held via Zoom, and all members can connect via landline phone, smartphone, tablet or computer.

The agenda for the AGM is attached and includes presentation and discussion of the Annual Review and Directors’ Report and Financial Statements; as well as the announcement of the election of President, Directors, National Policy Council (NPC) representatives, and NSW/ACT State Division Committee members. There are no items of special business for consideration at this year’s AGM.

All full members are entitled to one vote each in relation to any resolution put to the AGM.  If full members are unable to attend this meeting in person, they may appoint the chairperson, or another full member as a proxy.  Information about proxy voting is available by contacting BCA and a proxy form is available at the bottom of this page.

It is important to note that no election will take place at the AGM. Instead, telephone, SMS and online voting will be available for this year’s elections. All eligible full members of BCA will have the opportunity to vote via telephone, SMS or online, should an election be necessary.

Register to attend the AGM.

Zoom Meeting

Topic: BCA 46th Annual General Meeting

Time: 4 December, 2021. 12pm AEDT. 11am in QLD. 11:30 in SA. 9am in WA. 10:30am in NT.

To join the AGM:

The agenda for the AGM can be viewed on the BCA website and includes a presentation and discussion of the Annual Report and Financial Statements, as well as confirmation of the appointment of the President, Directors and National Policy Council representatives, and NSW/ACT State Division Committee members.

Relevant Documents

Nomination Update

Recently, we sent you notice of the forthcoming Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) Annual General Meeting, which included a call for nominations for the positions of President, Directors, National Policy Council (NPC) representatives for QLD, VIC, SA, and the ACT, and NSW/ACT State Division Committee Members.

At the close of nominations on 25th October, I have received the following nominations:

  • Nomination for the position of President: Fiona Woods. As Fiona is a current Director, this renders her position as a Director vacant.
  • Nominations to fill the resulting four Director vacancies: Stephen Belbin, Joanne Chua, Francois Jacobs, Julee-Anne Bell.
  • Nominations for NPC Positions:
    • VIC: Michael Janes
    • ACT: Robert Altamore
    • QLD: There was no nomination received.
    • SA: There was no nomination received.
  • Nominations for NSW/ACT State Division
    • ACT: Robert Altamore
    • NSW: Kristy Fitzgerald, Susan Thompson, Matthew Goodacre
    • These candidates will serve a two-year term. There are 3 remaining one-year positions for NSW representatives to the State Division that remain vacant.

Consequently, all of these candidates are elected unopposed.

It will not be necessary to conduct a ballot among BCA full members for any positions. The unfilled SA and Qld positions on the NPC, and NSW State Division committee positions will be filled as casual vacancies, as provided for in the BCA constitution. All appointments will be formalised at the BCA Annual General Meeting on 4 December 2021, and take effect at the conclusion of that meeting.

Call for Expressions of Interest:

NPC Representative, SA and QLD

The Board is seeking expressions of interest for representatives from SA and Qld, to fill casual vacancies on the NPC. The casual vacancy for SA and Qld representatives will be for a two-year term which will commence following the upcoming AGM.

Interested members residing in SA or Qld, should review the Position Description for NPC members before deciding whether to express interest.

NSW State Division Committee

The board is seeking expressions of interest for three NSW members to fill casual vacancies on the State Division Committee to serve a one-year term.

Interested members should review the position description for the NSW/ACT State Division before deciding whether to express interest.

How To Express Interest

The position descriptions for each position can be found at: https://www.bca.org.au/2020/09/28/2021agm/

To express interest in any of the above vacancies, please provide a declaration that you have read the position description and a supporting statement of no more than 300 words outlining your suitability for the position. Expressions of interest should be emailed to me in Word or text format to companysecretary@bca.org.au by close of business on Monday, 22 November. If you are unable to submit your expression of interest electronically, please call BCA on 1800 033 660 for assistance.

We look forward to having you at the AGM in December.

Documents:

BCA Contact Details:

Phone: 1800 033 660
SMS: 0436 446 780
E-mail: companysecretary@bca.org.au