The dates are yet to be determined for the 2018 Fall Conference, PLHIV Forum and AGM, but we are already discussing some what will be on the agenda – potential changes to PAN’s governance structure.
As part of the transition process required by the new Societies Act, PAN has a great opportunity to craft bylaws that reflect the mission that has led the work of PAN since 2013: We lead an inspired, strong, and effective community-based response to HIV/AIDS, HCV, 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 has 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’s critical that Indigenous organizations have a designated voice, consistent with community respect and Truth and Reconciliation principles. As we approach the end of our current strategic plan, and as we make the transition to the new Societies Act, this is an opportune time.
In the coming months, we will look to the membership to provide input and guidance regarding the proposed governance changes. We will be sharing a monthly series of blog posts representing perspectives from across the network – staff, Governance Committee members, people living with HIV, and community members – to share their thoughts on these changes.
Thank you in advance for engaging with us over the coming months, and for your participation at the upcoming AGM! To help support this discussion, we have also created a gateway where people can ask questions and/or request to be contacted by a member of the PAN Governance Committee: [email protected]
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