Attachment Network of Manitoba By-Laws May 2017
The Attachment Network of Manitoba meets three times a year and is comprised of representatives from health and social service agencies interested in promoting and enhancing secure attachment across the life span by sharing knowledge of best practices, promoting attachment based interventions, and by fostering a coordinated approach of attachment based services, training and research within the province of Manitoba.
The Network aims to host an annual conference on attachment for practitioners, to fund initiatives that will further the capacity of practitioners using attachment based interventions, and to provide access to speakers.
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A child’s secure attachment to a primary caregiver is the foundation of healthy human development. For this reason, the importance of attachment should be understood and seen as an integral part of being human.
This multi-organizational network actively embraces the principles of attachment theory and offers opportunities to integrate best practices for enhancing secure attachment across the life span. Its activities include education, dissemination of information, and promotion of research, networking, and advocacy.
The Board of Directors will ensure the growth and development of the Network while staying true to its mission.
The general membership shall be open to any and all people interested in attachment related issues. Voting members will be allowed to vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and to stand for election to the Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
A Director must be a voting member of the Network and will be elected at the AGM. The maximum number of Directors is twelve (12). The positions of Board members are two (2) year terms.
Nominations and Elections
The board of directors will act as a nominating committee and will accept all applications for the board prior to the April board meeting and propose any successful candidates based on majority vote to the membership no later than 7 days prior to the AGM. A successful candidate must receive 50% plus 1 vote at the AGM. Those in attendance may vote. Voting will be by show of hands.
Elections and votes on by-laws will take place at the AGM. The secretary shall make available to the registered voters any matter for voting no less than 7 days prior to the AGM Those unable to attend the AGM may vote electronically to the secretary no later than noon on the date of the AGM.
The election and voting process will be conducted by the Chairperson. The Chairperson will be handed the tally of electronic votes by the Secretary and will tabulate results and announce results at the AGM. The Chairperson will then formally welcome any new members to the Board.
Anyone whose email address is registered with the website www.attachmentnetwork.ca or who attends the AGM, is eligible to vote at the AGM.
Roles & Responsibilities of the Board of Directors
Attendance policy for the Board: Members must notify the Chairperson that they will be unable to attend a meeting of the Board. Should there be three absences without regrets, the Board will assume the member is no longer able to serve and they will cease to be a Board member.
Conflict of Interest for Board Members: In the event that a decision by the Board may benefit a Board member, that member must recuse themselves from any voting on the matter.
- Stay informed of recent developments in the attachment field.
- Plan conferences.
- Select conference topics and speakers.
- Make financial decisions and approve quarterly financial reports by the Treasurer
- Report on activities and finances to funders.
- Create focused ad hoc committees led by at least one Director. Committee representatives are to report back to Directors and Network Members
- Connect agencies (public & private) and community service providers with access to expert level knowledge.
- Lobby for attachment-based services.
- Liaise with experts in the attachment field.
Chairperson or Co-Chairs
As Chairperson of the Board of Directors, this person will take the lead in the affairs of the Network. The Chairperson’s duties will include:
Managing meetings by:
Where there is only one Chairperson, a Vice-Chair will be appointed by the board and will learn the duties of the Chairperson. The duties of the Vice-Chair will include:
The Treasurer’s duties will include:
The duties of the Newsletter Committee will include:
Ad Hoc Committee Leads
The duties of the Committee Leads will include:
The fiscal year will be April 1 to March 31 of each year. The budget will be submitted by the Treasurer to the Board at a meeting prior to the AGM. The treasurer and chairperson have cheque signing authorities. A financial review or audit will be performed annually prior to the AGM as per rules outlined in Incorporation guidelines.
In the event that the Attachment Network of Manitoba is no longer able to exist, the Board has the authority to disband the Network with a 3/4 majority vote. All tangible assets must be liquidated, all debts paid and all assets may then be donated to a project determined by the Board at that meeting. The chairperson will then issue a statement with an accompanying financial report to all voting members advising them of the matter.