Council Highlights for March 2, 2022

The Council is the 21-member governing body and board of directors that manages and administers College affairs. The policies developed by Council provide direction to the College and to staff.

March 2, 2022 (10:15 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.)

  • Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW, President, provided his report to Council, which included an update about Council’s upcoming governance training and review project launched by the Governance Working Group.
  • Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar and CEO, and Denitha Breau, Deputy Registrar, presented their report to Council. The report provided updates under each strategic priority in the College’s Strategic Plan and included information about the following: the College’s 2022 renewal season and new member registrations; equivalency applications; staffing updates, including technology improvements to support staff operations; the role of the Professional Practice Department in upholding ethical professional practice, including the new practice resource on ethical and competent responses to anti-Indigenous racism; the College’s ongoing communication initiatives, including the ongoing public awareness campaign, the College website and the upcoming Annual Meeting and Education Day; stakeholder and government relations; the Complaints and Discipline Department; and an operational update on the College’s Return to Office Plan..
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Financial Position as of December 2021.
  • Council reviewed the Statement of Operations as of December 2021.
  • Reports were received from the following statutory committees: Executive; Complaints; Discipline; Registration Appeals; and Fitness to Practise.
  • Council reviewed updates to the College’s Risk Register.
  • Council reviewed and approved the Governance Committee’s recommended amendments to Bylaw No. 1 to include the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to the list of holidays.
  • Council reviewed the Governance Committee’s Council Evaluation Policy and Evaluation Template and the December Council meeting Evaluation Survey results.
  • Council approved in principle the course of action laid out in the proposed Action Plan to Increase Engagement with Indigenous Communities recommended by the DEI Task Group, referred to the DEI Task Group further work on the creation of an appropriate Indigenous/FNMI task group, reference/advisory group or committee, and recommended that advice from the governance consultants be sought on this matter.
  • Council approved a motion that the executive summary and full report from the consultants for Phase 1 of the review of the Standards of Practice be provided to Council following review by the Standards of Practice Committee.
  • Reports were received from the following non-statutory committees: Standards of Practice; Election; Nominating; Finance; Governance; Corporations; and Titles and Designations.