The Board of Directors of the Literacy Council of Durham Region recommended to its members several changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. These were passed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 20, 2018.
The purpose of these changes were to modernise the purpose of the organisation and clarify two bylaws to ensure more effective governance.
The changes are noted below:
Constitution: Article II.02
Original: “To recruit and tutor low-level and illiterate adults, hereafter referred to as ‘learners’, in basic reading, writing and numeracy skills, by means of personalized learning programs developed by LCDR to address the learners’ individual goal.”
New: “To provide tutoring support for adult learners presently challenged by basic reading, writing, numeracy, and digital skills foundational to our society. LCDR will assist these learners by providing programs focused on their individual needs and identified goals.”
Bylaw: Article III.02.b
Original: “The Board of Directors shall have the authority to determine the policies and procedures required to ensure the legal and proper execution of duties to achieve the purpose of LCDR. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to ensure that said policies and procedures are adhered to by LCDR staff.”
New: “The Board of Directors shall have the authority to determine the policies and procedures required to ensure the legal and proper execution of duties to achieve the purpose of LCDR. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to ensure that the Executive Director is adhering to all policies and procedures and implementing with all staff.”
Bylaw Article III.04.a.i
Original: “Assess the needs of LCDR in terms of qualifications of the existing Directors and recruit them with skills to augment the Board;”
New: “Assess what the LCDR requires, in relation to the qualifications of existing Directors, and recruit new Board Members with the skills necessary to augment the Board.”