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Apr 11 2020 - ANB Updates – From Marc Lalonde - President
Dear ANB members,
On behalf of the ANB Board members and of the ANB staff, I would like to wish everyone well and great care during this most difficult period. We are hoping it is of limited discomfort and hopefully not of hardship on you. If you feel there is anything, we can help you with, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are an ANB family and perhaps now more than ever.
I would also invite you all to reach the fabulous warm message from David Bedford, the Chief Executive Officer of Athletics Canada, at this time and over this upcoming Easter weekend.
In the meantime, below please find below updates and information regarding Athletics New Brunswick that will possibly help you:
Training/support ideas during lock-down:
With the input from ANB coaches from around the Province and beyond, your ANB staff is assembling a list of sites/links/Utubes/or other ANB material that may assist you (coaches and athletes) to develop alternative methods of training and staying in shape (and safe) during this time. This webpage, we hope to develop shortly, is already visible and accessible via our ANB web site and Facebook. It will remain work-in-progress as we intend to add more tips/ideas as we go along. If you do come across interesting ideas, please do forward them onto either Chris Belof and Steve Leblanc for their review and possibly postings.
ANB Spring and Summer Events:
ANB events for May and June posted on the ANB calendar have either been cancelled or are very likely to be. That now includes the Canadian Championships, the National Legions and the Olympic Games. Our expectations for the rest of the summer season are low but let’s see how it all evolves and what might be the possibilities. All of us adhering to the Canadian and New Brunswick Health guidelines and advisories remain the utmost priority.
April 2020 SAGM:
Following a Board teleconference meeting last week, it was decided that since the value of the SAGM lies in bringing ANB club representatives and ANB members together during a time of activity, we are postponing hosting this year’s SAGM. As activities resume in some manner, we may reinstate hosting a general meeting either in person or via teleconferencing.
New Service to ANB members – Ethics/Conflict Advisor:
We are all aware of the very serious ethical breeches in our sport in Canada that have come to light over the recent past. We pray that such occurrences never happen in New Brunswick. This said, we did wish to find a means for you our ANB members to be able to consult, and in total confidence and confidentiality, with an expert on issues or conflicts you may have or feel you have. We have therefore created such an office to provide valuable input and confidential advice. We are therefore announcing that this new complimentary service is now available to all ANB members through Dr. Krista Daigle who has volunteered. Please refer to a separate ANB announcement for further details. Please also note that this new ANB service has no impact on our review process of formal complaints that is under the responsibility of our ANB Commissioners in Darren Blois, Rob Jackson and David Thomas.
With Stephanie Doiron stepping down as Executive Director in early March, I am pleased to announce that the board has designated Julia Loparco as the interim ANB Executive Director and this until such a time as a new ED is appointed. We thank Julia for offering and look forward to working with her during this transition period. The Board also decided that we would proceed immediately with the application posting for a new ANB ED with a start date of September 1st, 2020. I wish to note that Stephanie Doiron is continuing to serve as finance administrator for ANB. We sincerely thank her for keeping our accounts and books up to date and in good order.
2020 ANB Budget:
With the loss of spring/summer ANB events and some membership revenues, your Board has revised downward its 2020 budget including some program delivery reductions. There remain some funding risks that may force us to revise once again, we will see. The Province of New Brunswick as one of our main funding partners remains fully supportive and we are most grateful for this.
Paid ANB Memberships:
As events get cancelled and the season potentially lapses, we will extend paid-up ANB memberships to what will be a fair compensation. The exact terms will be announced as we know what gets cancelled. Because some of our costs are fixed (salaries and insurance in particular), we can only offer an extension.
In closing I want to thank you all our ANB members, for being so incredibly resilient, ingenious and supportive. I also wish to thank the members of our ANB Board, Board committees and of our staff for their dedication and continued hard work during this most challenging period. It will be great when we get to the “other side”.
In the meantime, please do stay safe, stay tuned and stay healthy.
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