On October 21st, 30 people met via Zoom for the first virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the history of TUOI. Considering the present context, in which our families have demands from all sides, the rate of participation was unexpected and all the more appreciated. In order to make things flow more easily, and to render our members’ participation as inclusive as possible, we sent the necessary documents ahead of time, offered a Zoom participation guide, made it possible to participate by phone, and offered technical support before and during the AGM.
The Secretary-Treasurer, Ms. Marie-Natacha Anoman, presented various financial documents, with the help of Ms. Maria Ferreira, an auditor from Monette, Fortin, Tremblay Inc. for our financial update. Our members have expressed a sense of reassurance regarding the organization’s financial situation, which guarantees medium and long-term sustainability for our services and promises a return to normal following the current challenges.
Mr. Denis Corriveau, President of the Board of Directors, says that he is optimistic about the future of the organisation, despite the current challenges.
“In the last year, the Board of Directors and Management have considered, amongst others, developing strategies to fill staff vacancies and increase the stability and efficiency of support staff jobs. All of these measures seek to re-establish, maintain and ensure the sustainability of our services for years to come.”
Mr. Corriveau took the time to thank the Board of Directors, Management, and employees for their commitment over the last, particularly difficult year,
The Director General, Ms. Jocelyne Sylvestre, reviewed the highlights of the year and an overview of the 2019-2020 Activities Report. She expressed her appreciation for the support the organisation has received all year, from contractors and partners, as well as the fundraising campaign which was a huge success. She finished with a message for parents and people on the Autism spectrum, recognizing that the shortage of skilled employees, the pandemic and numerous reforms impact every aspect of their lives.
“We are, more than ever, motivated and committed to continue supporting them in the challenges to come. I will take this opportunity to underline their resilience and express all my admiration.”
The two community representative seats that were up for election were filled by Ms. Francine Légaré, a retired civil servant, and Mr. Nicolas Fraser, who is a notary. The AGM mandated the Board of Directors to fill the seat for a client representative, which was vacant at the time of the election. We took the opportunity to thank Lucie Levesque and Sophie Jacob, who left the Board of Directors in June and October respectively, following a mandate of more than three years.
Member participation was active, and interactions were very interesting. This encourages us to believe that we can work together to face the challenges of the coming year.
Bravo to the AGM Co-ordination Committee for their excellent work! Thanks to everyone who joined us for this important meeting and to those who have contributed to our successes over the past year.
To consult the interactive 2019-2020 Activities Report (in French only), CLICK HERE.
For the printable PDF form (in French only), CLICK HERE.