you for your recent inquiry. I have been away and am now responding to your
email at my earliest opportunity.
In September, the Board recruited new
Directors by advertising in local newspapers and on several web sites that
specialize in recruitment of not for profit Boards, as well as on the
Neighbourhood Network website. The criteria for application were outlined in
those ads (attached), one being residency in Aurora. All respondents were
invited to personally meet with the 12 members of the Board and had the
opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Centre. The current volunteer
Board is made up of 12 residents of Aurora. The names of those Directors are on
our public website at http://auroraculturalcentre.ca/about-us/staff. The term is two years, and a Director can serve no more than
three consecutive terms.The Board will be examining membership once the new Cultural
Services Agreement is in place. Also, the Board has agreed to add two
Councillors to the Board as requested by the Town and by Council this past year,
again as part of the new Agreement.
The number of staff and their
positions are also listed on our public website at http://auroraculturalcentre.ca/about-us/staff. There are four full time staff (the first four
positions listed), and currently three part time staff (listed as “PT”). The
Centre is also supported by large number of volunteers.
Once again, thank
you for your interest in our Board and staff. Please contact me if there is
anything else I can assist you with.
When I made my first phone call inquiry, the administrator was not available . I was told to e-mail my request and it would be placed before the board. The above is better.
Criteria for board membership is wide and varied.
There is no organisation other than a twelve member board. Therefore no election of officers.
I'm not sure it would be an improvement .
The Historical Society has membership. People pay their dues but they apparently don't have an annual election of officers.
Last figure I heard was fifty-nine members. That set me back on my heels a bit.
Then I heard of the interview process for persons interested in being members.
Normally none of these thing would be of the slightest interest to me . Were it not for the business of handing over substantial sums of public money and assets to be spent at will by people elected by no-one and accountable to no-one.
The Arboretum doesn't actually get money transferred. They decide how it will be spent. They work with the parks department
The Historical Society gets money transferred and since 2002, they have provided no service in return to the community.
The Culture Centre Board only have to submit a financial statement to the town's Chief Financial Officer each quarter to get money transferred to their coffers.
Only the CFO sees how they spend the money. He has nothing to say to anybody about it.
He places his signature on a cheque alongside the Mayor's and off it goes.
How can it be acceptable for money imposed as taxation, to be handed over to a self-selected group for purposes not approved and unaccounted for ?
We've been doing it now for three years.
It 's recommended by staff to keep on doing it. The town is set to sign a contract on January 15th , to continue the boondoggle for the next twenty years.
The last Council stuck the current Council with the mess they created.
It 's now proposed, the current Council stick the next four councils with a contract little changed from the one deemed to be completely unsatisfactory and in the opinion of some, scandalous.
It's not entirely clear how the vote will go.
My view is, it should be flushed away ,never to be seen again.
Nothing in a municipal organisation requires or justifies ,8,000 square feet of public programmable space to be governed by an autonomous board provided annually with a million dollars of public resources , currently representing 3 points in the annual tax rate.