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Feedback on ADC overwhelmingly positive

Publish date: Wednesday, December 09, 2020 update

2020 ADC Together with Purpose

Participants at this year’s first-ever virtual AMAPCEO Annual Delegates’ Conference (ADC), held on November 25, are pleased with how the event went, results from a survey closed yesterday indicate.

Nearly 84% of Delegates rated they were either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the ADC.

AMAPCEO’s Board of Directors and senior management team decided to make the ADC virtual this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff worked with reputable firm Lumi to facilitate the meeting.

Comments from Delegates suggest that while an in-person ADC is preferable, the union’s efforts to hold a trimmed-down Conference online were appreciated.

“The first-ever virtual ADC was a great success!!” wrote one Delegate. “Congrats to the AMAPCEO staff who organized and to Lumi who provided the platform.”

While the ADC itself was limited to compulsory items only, the union took the extra step of encouraging members to still submit resolutions for the Board to consider. District Directors held local executive meetings with their Delegates to discuss the proposed resolutions and seek their feedback, then much like a Member of Parliament, represented their District at a special Board meeting on November 18. Outcomes were shared with Delegates shortly after the meeting and before the ADC.

Feedback on AMAPCEO’s efforts to preserve this democratic process has been positive, with one Delegate writing that they “especially liked” the District-level resolution discussions.

A handful of unions have opted to cancel their conventions outright, forego member resolutions for a year, and even to unilaterally extend the terms of their elected leaders. Other unions are now following AMAPCEO’s lead.

“AMAPCEO demonstrated its creativity and its commitment to being a member-driven, democratically-founded organization,” said President Dave Bulmer. “We should be proud of that.”

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; Health Quality Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).