Livestream BCA’s Annual General Meeting this Saturday

 

Blind Citizens Australia is holding it’s 43rd AGM this Saturday, 1st December. If you can’t attend the event in person in Melbourne, you can listen live via the BCA website at 11am AEST. Follow the link below to access the livestream links.

You can also interact remotely with the event by sending your questions through via text message. The SMS number to use is 0488 824 623.

LISTEN TO THE AGM LIVE

2018 Annual General Meeting

Blind Citizens Australia will hold its 43rd Annual General Meeting in Melbourne, at the John Pierce Centre, 25-35 High Street, Prahran, on Saturday, 1 December 2018 at 11:00am. Those members unable to attend in person will be able to listen in to the proceedings via a live stream. The AGM will be followed by lunch and a discussion forum in the afternoon for those who can attend in person.

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Blind Citizens Australia AGM

 

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2018 Annual General Meeting

Saturday 1 December 2018 at 11:00 AM

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) will hold its 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Melbourne, at the John Pierce Centre, 25-35 High Street, Prahran, on Saturday, 1 December 2018 at 11:00am. Those members unable to attend in person will be able to listen in to the proceedings via a live stream. The AGM will be followed by lunch and a discussion forum in the afternoon for those who can attend in person. Register HERE.

The agenda for the AGM can be viewed HERE and includes presentation and discussion of the Annual Report and Financial Statements, as well as the announcement of the election of the President, Directors and National Policy Council (NPC) representatives for the ACT, NSW, Victoria and Western Australia. There are no items of Special Business for consideration at this year’s AGM.

Minutes of the 2017 AGM can be viewed HERE.

BCA’s Year in Review can be viewed HERE.

The Annual Directors and Finance Report can be viewed HERE.

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 HERE.

It is important to note that no election will take place at the AGM. Following a change to the Constitution in 2017 removing the requirement for a postal ballot, the board has resolved to pilot telephone and SMS voting for this year’s elections. All eligible full members of BCA will have the opportunity to vote via telephone or SMS should an election be necessary.

 

Register

If you plan to attend in person, please register your attendance here for catering purposes (there is no charge for attending the AGM only, but a $25 fee applies for lunch).

 

Live Stream of the AGM

Follow one of the links below to tune in at 11:00am AEST on Saturday 1st December 2018:

 

Elections

Call for Nominations for President

Emma Bennison was elected President in 2015, but resigned following her appointment as CEO in 2017. The board elected John Simpson to serve the remainder of the three-year term. John is eligible for re-election.

Members who nominate for the position of President are also eligible to nominate for one of the four Director vacancies. Tallying of votes for the presidency will be completed first, to enable all unsuccessful candidates to remain in contention for election as a Director.

 

Call for Nominations for Directors

This year, there are four vacancies for Directors of BCA. All are for a three-year term. Directors whose terms of office conclude this year are Chelsea Bartlett, Stephen Belbin, Lynne Davis and Daniel Stubbs. All are eligible for re-election.

 

Call for Nominations for NPC Members

There are vacant positions for NPC Members in the ACT, NSW, Victoria and Western Australia. The term of office for an NPC Member is two years. NPC Members whose terms of office conclude this year are Andrew Webster (ACT), Martin Stewart (VIC) and Greg Madson (WA). All are eligible for re-election. Jennifer Parry served as NPC representative for NSW, but resigned recently following her appointment as NSW/ACT Administration Officer.

In order to nominate for a position on the NPC, members must reside in the state or territory they are nominating to represent.

 

How to Nominate

Potential nominees must be Full Members of BCA as at 30 June 2018 and are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the relevant Position Description. These are listed below. People wishing to nominate are required to complete a nomination form which is also listed below. Valid nomination forms must include the names of a nominator and seconder, both of whom must be Full Members of BCA as at 30 June 2018. Please note that BCA is strongly committed to ensuring the nomination process is fully accessible to our members. As such, signatures are no longer required. Instead, Company Secretary, Emma Bennison will take all necessary steps to verify the validity of nominations.

All nominations should be accompanied by a written statement of no more than 500 words in support of the nomination by, or on behalf of the nominee. Nomination forms and nominee statements should be submitted in Microsoft Word or text format. Please contact Emma Bennison, Company secretary on 0410 553 383, if you need to submit your nomination in another format.

Nominations and accompanying statements must reach Emma Bennison, Company Secretary, at emma.bennison@bca.org.au by 5:00 PM Monday 22 October 2018.

 

Telephone Voting Process

Only Full Members of Blind Citizens Australia as at 30 June 2018 may cast a telephone or SMS vote.

Election of President:

  • If there is only one valid nomination for election as President at the close of the nomination period, the member nominated will be declared elected and there will not be a ballot.
  • If there is more than one nominee for election as President at the close of the nomination period, a ballot will be held. At the close of the poll, the nominee with the highest number of valid votes received will be declared elected for a three-year term.

Election of Directors:

  • If there are four or less valid nominations for election as Directors at the close of the nomination period, those members nominated will be declared elected and there will not be a ballot.
  • If there are more than four nominees for election as Directors at the close of the nomination period, a ballot will be held. At the close of the poll, the four nominees with the highest number of valid votes received will be declared elected for a three-year term.

Election of NPC Representatives:

  • If there is only one valid nominee for election as the “State Representative” for a State or Territory at the close of the nomination period, that member will be declared elected and there will not be a ballot in that State.
  • If there are two or more nominees for election as the “State Representative” for a State or Territory at the close of the nomination period, a ballot will be held among members resident in that State. At the close of the poll, the nominee with the highest number of valid votes received will be declared elected.

If a ballot is required for any position, instructions on casting a telephone or SMS vote, along with the details of all nominees and their supporting statements, will be sent to all eligible Full Members by Wednesday 7 November 2018. Voting will open on Monday 12 November and will close on Monday 26 November 2018. Any votes received after this date will not be counted.

The Company Secretary will declare the results of all polls at the AGM on 1 December 2018.

 

Summary

On behalf of the Board and staff of BCA, I do hope you can join us at this year’s Annual General Meeting. I encourage you to consider nominating for a position as BCA President, as a Director of BCA or as an NPC Member. As an organisation of and for people who are blind or vision impaired, it is important that we acknowledge and support each other to enhance the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired.

Emma Bennison

Company Secretary

 

NSW / ACT 2018 Convention – Register Now!

 

The NSW/ACT State Division of BCA invites you to attend it’s first convention as a newly formed state division. We take time to look at the things that help us live a good life in NSW and the ACT, from tips for everyday living to gadgets and technology that make our lives easier. You will get a chance to share ‘diverse experiences of parenting’ and hear and reminisce about attending camp. You can network during Friday night welcome drinks and Convention dinner. And, if you want to tap into your primal self, come join us in a drumming circle!

Friday 26th – Sunday 28th October 2018

Travelodge Hotel, Newcastle, West NSW

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NSW / ACT 2018 Convention

 

Aira is pleased to support the state convention by making the venue an Aira Access location for the duration of the event. Find out more below.

 

Enjoying Our State – Living The Good Life in NSW and the ACT

In our first Convention as a newly formed State Division we take time to look at the things that help us live a good life, from tips for everyday living to gadgets and technology that make our lives easier. You will get a chance to share ‘diverse experiences of parenting’ and hear and reminisce about attending camp. You can network during Friday night welcome drinks and Convention dinner. And, if you want to tap into your primal self, come join us in a drumming circle!

Location

Travelodge Hotel
12 Steel Street
Newcastle West NSW

Date

Friday 26th – Sunday 28th October 2018

Live Stream

If you’re unable to attend the event in person you can tune in LIVE using the following links (please note these links are different to those used in the past):

 

Program

View the convention program HERE.

 

Aira Access

Aira is a service for your smartphone that connects you with professionally-trained human agents to assist you with any task. If you are an Aira Explorer at present, using the service at the hotel during the convention will be free, and will not be deducted from your plan.

Even if you’re not using Aira at the moment, if you have a smartphone, you can download the iOS or Android app for free. Use Aira for free for such tasks as finding a hotel room, a conference room, reading a hotel menu, describing exhibit hall tables, description during the conference/workshop sessions, or calling an Uber to get to public transportation.

We advise guests to download the free Aira app prior to the event so you will be ready to take advantage of this opportunity to experience Aira as soon as you arrive.

You can search for Aira in the iOS App Store or Google Play Store. Alternatively, go here: www.aira.io/app. You will find a banner at the top of the app that says “Tap to use Aira as a Guest for Free”. Register with email and phone number on “Sign Up as a Guest”. Then you will get a text message confirming your phone number. Double-tap on the link in the text message and you’ve signed up as a Guest!

 

Registration

Before you register: Make sure you have all of your travel and personal details ready, including those of additional attendees that you are registering for (such as arrival time, preferred format, dietary requirements, emergency contact etc). You can register for more than one person in one booking session.

To register online, click here.
To register over the phone, please call BCA on 1800 033 660 during office hours.

You can register for:

  • Full Convention (Includes Friday night welcome function, Saturday and Sunday standard program sessions, lunch, morning and afternoon tea on Saturday and Sunday, and convention dinner) – $200.00
    (Please Note this option does NOT include the Drum Circle to be held on Saturday afternoon – this must be purchased in addition to your convention registration)
  • Saturday program only (Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea) – $65
  • Sunday program only (Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea) – $65
  • Convention Dinner (Saturday evening) – $55
  • Drum Circle (Saturday afternoon) – $20

Raffle tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the convention. You can purchase these along with your registration, or if you are unable to attend the event but still wish to enter the raffle, you can purchase raffle tickets on their own. Prices are:

  • 1 x Raffle Ticket – $2
  • 3 x Raffle Tickets – $5
  • 7 x Raffle Tickets – $10

EFTPOS facilities will also be made available throughout convention.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at Travelodge Newcastle. Please call the hotel directly to book on (02) 4926 3777.
Advise hotel staff that you are attending the Blind Citizens Australia NSW / ACT Convention to receive the room rate of $165 (Breakfast not included).
You can view the Travelodge website HERE.

Getting There

The closest airport is Newcastle (Williamtown) Airport. It will cost approximately $70 – $100 in a cab from the airport to the hotel.
If you are catching a train, the closest station is Hamilton. It will cost $10 – $20 in a cab to get from the station to the hotel.

 

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