Our work is responsive to the needs of our member organizations. This includes the foundation of our governance as a non-profit society.
At the Pacific AIDS Network Annual General Meeting that was held on October 30, 2018, a unanimous vote passed a new set of bylaws. This was an exciting shift for PAN, and a decision that was not arrived at lightly. Years of discussion and consideration went into the change chronicled here.
As part of the transition process required by the new Societies Act by November 28, 2018, PAN was given a great opportunity to craft bylaws that reflect the mission that has driven the work of PAN since 2013: We lead an inspired, strong, and effective community-based response to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and related communicable diseases and conditions. The PAN Board of Directors expanded PAN’s mission statement after an extensive consultation process with Executive Directors, stakeholders and PLHIV including PLDI graduates who had hands on experience with PAN and/or PAN programs, with the majority of member organizations in support.
The Board always recognized that as a result of the 2013 update to the mandate, changes would be needed to PAN’s governance structures to ensure consistency with inclusion principles of GIPA/MIPA, the HCV Manifesto, and Nothing About Us Without Us. Additionally, it was critical that Indigenous organizations have a designated voice, consistent with community respect and Truth and Reconciliation principles. As PAN approached the end of our current strategic plan, and as we made the transition to the new Societies Act, it was an opportune time.
Over the months leading towards the 2018 AGM, we connected with the membership for input and guidance regarding the proposed governance changes. A monthly series of blog posts representing perspectives from across the network – staff, Governance Committee members, people living with HIV, and community members – shared thoughts on these changes. We are pleased to report that the PAN Constitution and Bylaws were passed unanimously
Thank you to all who engaged with us over this process. We believe this change will strengthen the community response for people living with HIV or hepatitis C in BC.
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