Annual General Meeting

EDN’s 18th Annual General Meeting

EDN held its 18th Annual General Meeting at the Westin Nova Scotian on Tuesday June 10th. In attendance were members, staff, Board members, community partners, special guests, and more.

A big farewell was said to departing Board members Garnet Brooks, previously President of the Board for two years, and Phil Calvert. They were commended for their leadership, inspiration, and dedication to EDN.

Two new Board members were welcomed to EDN this year; Hasan Naqvi and Leah Tarlao. Hasan is a Lawyer at McInnes Cooper while Leah is an Accountant at Deloitte.

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Brian and Archie Presenting the Pamela Langille Award to Enactus St. Mary’s University

Enactus St. Mary’s University was awarded EDN’s annual Pamela Langille Award for the selfless dedication of their time, expertise and knowledge, which greatly benefited EDN and its members. Archie and Brian presented the award to SMU Enactus for their three years of mentoring, supporting, and helping EDN members with their businesses and entrepreneurship. Kyle McNeil accepted the award on behalf of SMU Enactus.

EDN would like to thank all in attendance at the AGM for making it a lovely evening and thank the Westin Nova Scotian for once more being a lovely host for this event.

EDN’s 17th Annual General Meeting

EDN held its 17th Annual General Meeting on June 12th, 2013 at the Westin Nova Scotian. Those in attendance included EDN staff, members, Board members, community supporters, and special guests.

This year EDN said a thank-you and farewell to Board Members Nicole Osmond, Chris Atwood, Elizabeth DeGuerre, Jarrod Pettipas, and Melissa Macmaster. These board members put forward hard-work and dedication to EDN throughout their terms.

New Board Members coming onto the team include: Dolores Atwood (Member of Tri-county Regional School Board), Tanya Sieliakus (HR pros Inc.), Susan Eldrige (Atlantic ÉCONOMUSÉE Network), Julie MacLean (CBDC Digby-Clare), Russ Hopson (Business Development Bank of Canada), Cynthia Carroll (Autism Nova Soctia), Keith Gelhorn (ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching ltd.) and Scott Vail (TD Bank).

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Holly Salsman awarded the Pamela Langille Award for her volunteer work with EDN

Keith Gelhorn our 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year started off the AGM with a valuable talk about how he got where he is today, and what he values the most when starting a business. The AGM also included our fifth annual Pamela Langille Award, an award based on Pam’s life that is given to an individual who has volunteered their time, knowledge and expertise selflessly to EDN. This year EDN was pleased to award the Pamela Langille Award to Holly Salsman, who has dedicated her time to workshops and our Access-a-Pro Events over the past few years.

As always the Westin Nova Scotian was great host, providing a great venue and a wonderful atmosphere. EDN looks forward to seeing you all again at next years AGM.

 

EDN’s 16th Annual General Meeting

EDN held its 16th Annual General Meeting on June 19th, 2012 at the Westin Nova Scotian. Those in attendance included EDN staff, members, Board members, community supporters, and special guests.

This year, after having served two three-year terms on the Board, EDN said a big thank-you and farewell to Tom Boyd and Pierre Filiatreault for their hard-work and dedication to the organization. Having served two years as Board President, Nicole Osmond passed the throne over to Garnet Brooks. She will continue to sit on the Board for the remaining year of her second term.

New Board Members coming onto the team include: Janice Ainsworth (Executive Director of TEAM Work Cooperative), Phil Calvert, Melissa MacMaster, and Jarrod Pettipas (Account Manager with the TD Halifax Commercial Banking Centre).

After covering all of the organization’s formal business, attendees were treated to a lovely presentation by the Phone Lady, Mary Jane Copps, on the importance and value of generosity. This presentation led into a speech from Katharine Langille, who is the daughter of EDN’s first Executive Director, the late Pamela Langille. This is the fourth year since EDN first introduced the Pamela Langille Award, an award based on Pam’s life that is given to an individual who has volunteered their time, knowledge and expertise selflessly to EDN. Everyone was very happy to have Katharine there to represent the spirit of her mother.

[Katharine Langille, Nicole Osmond, and EDN Executive Director, Brian Aird]

EDN actually gave away two Pamela Langille awards this time around. The recipients were Doug Bromley and Wally Tonhauser, or “The Keg Guys” as they are informally called by EDN staff. Doug and Wally have been so generous and hospitable to EDN, warmly opening their doors during small business week and allowing EDN to host their Access-A-Pro event there without hesitancy, year after year.

All-in-all, the event was a great success. The Westin Nova Scotian is always marvelous as a host, and provided for a nice atmosphere and cozy surroundings. Thank you to those who came out, and we will see you again next year!


EDN’s 15th Annual General Meeting

EDN held its 15th Annual General Meeting on June 23, 2010. Members, staff, and Board members were invited to participate in the event at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel.

This year EDN offered workshops prior to the Annual General Meeting. The workshops were each well attended with a total of 17 participants. The specific focus on the workshops this year were social media, finance and marketing. Members benefitted from the expertise provided by our knowledgeable moderators who facilitated the workshop discussions.

A successful year of EDN activities was recapped with reports and presentations from the President, Executive Director and Treasurer. Some of the highlights included new Partnerships such as a Memorandum of Understanding, Entrepreneur of the Year awards, Best Big Idea Competition, Small Business Week, Holiday Social and the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market.

This years Pamela Langille Award was awarded to Ronda Moulton. This award is to recognize an individual who has volunteered their time, knowledge and expertise selflessly to EDN. Ronda has volunteered significantly and helped other members with EDN’s initiative at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. She is continuing with her involvement to help with EDN’s goal of making the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market a permanent location for members to sell and advertise their businesses.

During EDN’s Annual General Meeting we took a moment to recognize six outgoing board members, Bob Brown, Troy desBarres, Sterling Kendall, Ken MacMillan, Sandra Preeper and Don Roper, for their leadership, inspiration and dedication to EDN who have each devoted many years to EDN.

Nominations for new board members also took place during the meeting, EDN is proud and excited in electing seven new board members, Garnet Brooks, Mary Jane Copps, Chris Hornberger, Derek Lewis, Elysia Percival, Lorelei Phillips and Susan Kilbride-Roper for the 2011-2012 year.

EDN was privileged to have Derek Lewis as a guest speaker. Derek is a successful entrepreneur currently living with a disability. His inspirational journey and entrepreneurial success captivated the audience and EDN is excited to have him join our Board of Directors.

As new technology becomes available EDN continues to make our events more accessible to members, and this year for the first time EDN offered members the opportunity to use Skype to participate in the Annual General meeting remotely.

Finally, EDN would like to thank everyone who attended the Annual General Meeting.


EDN’s 14th Annual General Meeting

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network (EDN) held its Annual General Meeting at the Halifax Westin Nova Scotian Hotel on June 24.

The meeting consisted of report presentations from the President, Executive Director, as well as Treasurer. These reports recapped activity at EDN over the past year as well as any plans for the year ahead.

Mary Jane Copps “The Phone Lady” was this years recipient of the Pamela Langille Memorial award. We also took a moment to recognize two outgoing board members, Roswell James and Kevin White, who have each devoted many years to EDN.

For the first time, EDN’s AGM was broadcast online through GoGetitNow! For anyone unable to attend, members had the ability to follow a provided link and watch the event from home on their computers.

The Annual General Meeting is a great opportunity to network with fellow EDN members, to become familiar with EDN’s policies and bylaws, and to show your support for a not-for-profit organization that serves entrepreneurs with disabilities across the province. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this years AGM!


EDN’s 13th Annual General Meeting

EDN’s 13th Annual General Meeting was a success! The event was held in the Lunenburg room at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. Snacks were served, and there was a reception period before the AGM began.

Several exciting things happened during our AGM. Firstly, one of EDN’s past co-op students, Angelica Tueva, presented her findings of the Success Report. The findings were quite interesting and sparked discussion among members.

Secondly, two people were awarded for their hard work and dedication to EDN. The Pamela Langille Memorial Award, a new award given to an individual who dedicated their time, expertise, and knowledge to EDN, was granted to Ann Smith, a lawyer who assisted EDN recently. Ann’s dedication and kindness to EDN did not go unnoticed, and we thank her for all of her hard work! A gift crafted by Nova Scotian Crystal was awarded to Ann.

The second award was granted to Roswell James, President on EDN’s Board of Directors, in appreciation of his leadership and dedication to the Board during his Presidency. Roswell had fulfilled his term as President, and, as according to our by-laws, was required to step down. A Rosewood plaque and a Keg gift certificate were awarded in appreciation.

Above: Angelica Tueva presents her Report on Members’ Success

Above: Roswell James, past President of EDN’s Board of Directors, receives an award in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the Board during his Presidency.

Above: Roswell James presents Ann Smith with the Pamela Langille Memorial Award, crafted by Nova Scotian Crystal