Is it your turn to serve?

 A message from ACTRA Toronto President, Theresa Tova

 Running for Council

 ACTRA Toronto Council Election 2019 Timeline

A message from ACTRA Toronto President,Theresa Tova

ACTRA Toronto President Theresa Tova - headshotDear Members:

This fall, we will hold elections for our ACTRA Toronto Council. ACTRA Toronto is a democratic organization, led by and elected by working members just like you.

On-set health and safety, working terms and conditions, preference of engagement, and work opportunities are a just few of the areas that require the attention of a thoughtful, creative and responsive elected leadership. The selection of that leadership is up to us. So, please, exercise your privilege as a FULL Member in good standing and get involved by nominating a member you respect or by choosing to run yourself.

Your 24 Councillors provide the vision to move our union forward, and they make the steering decisions that guide our managers and staff. Councillors should be patient, imaginative team players with well-developed communication skills, a strong desire to improve the working terms and conditions of their fellow performers and a good sense of humour. Broad experience working under ACTRA’s many agreements is preferred, and members representing all of ACTRA’s wonderful diversity of peoples and talents are encouraged to run.

Serving on ACTRA Toronto Council is fun, and it’s a great way to give something back while learning more about how our industry works in Toronto, in Ontario and across Canada. So consider running if you’re ready, or encourage someone you respect to run, if you’re not.

Remember, ACTRA Toronto Council Elections are conducted online. Nomination forms, candidates’ statements and online balloting information will all be sent to the email address we have on file for you so please ensure that your contact information is up to date.

The ACTRA Toronto Election 2019 Timeline is below. Watch your email inbox and this page for updates.

In solidarity,

Theresa Tova
President, ACTRA Toronto

Running for Council

What does an ACTRA Toronto Councillor do?

ACTRA Toronto Council meets monthly, except for one month in the summer. Councillors pool their work experience, their familiarity with our collective agreements, and their shared passion for building a more robust and sustainable industry in Toronto to make things better for all ACTRA Toronto members.

Their responsibilities include:

    • Wisely stewarding the union’s resources by setting an annual budget and Operating Plan;
    1. Building ACTRA Toronto’s collective power by participating through committees to involve ACTRA’s diverse membership in activities, events, and contract negotiations;
    1. Increasing work opportunities and improving working conditions for ACTRA Toronto members by planning and engaging in ACTRA’s public policy and advocacy campaigns; and
    1. Sending delegates to represent ACTRA Toronto on ACTRA’s National Council

Who is eligible?

Full Members in good standing are eligible to nominate someone to run for ACTRA Toronto Council or to run themselves. (See ACTRA Toronto By-Laws, ARTICLE 5 – Elections to Council) Our diversity is our strength. ACTRA Toronto is committed to gender equality and the representation of physically and culturally diverse performers throughout the union.

Taking the next step…

Consider running for Council or encourage someone you respect to run. Links to the nomination forms will be posted on this page on August 30th and must be completed and returned by: Friday, October 4, 2019.


ACTRA Toronto Council Election 2019 Timeline

June 2019

E-blast and web page launch to provide notice of upcoming elections, rules and process

August 30, 2019

Distribution of Nomination Forms to members in good standing.

October 4, 2019

Close of Nominations. (No later than 35 days from Distribution of Nomination Forms date).

October 11, 2019

Statements in to Executive Director. (No later than 5 working days following Close of Nominations).

October 25, 2019

Distribution of ballots. (No more than 14 working days following Close of Nominations).

November 24, 2019

Return of ballots. (No less than 30 days from Distribution of Ballots).

December 3, 2019

Newly elected Councillors join ACTRA Toronto Council (with voice but no vote) at the December Council Meeting, which will include New Councillor Orientation/Training.

January 7, 2020

Newly elected Councillors take office at the January Council meeting following their election.

At the January meeting, the agenda includes the Election of a Treasurer & up to 5 Vice-Presidents & the Election of 12 National Councillors and 6 permanent alternates to National Council

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