Sixth Meeting of the Joint Steering Committee (JSC)
October 14, 2004
Monica Patten (Co-chair), Community Foundations of Canada
Yvonne Atwell, Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
Gordon Floyd, Children's Mental Health, Ontario
Shauna Sylvester, IMPACS
Charlotte Thibault (Canadian Women’s Foundation)
Susan Scotti (Co-Chair), Social Development Canada
Richard Barnabé, Statistics Canada
Stephen Rigby, Revenue Canada
Mike Sheridan, Statistics Canada
Marie-Josée Thivierge, Human Resources and Skills Development
Marcel Lauzière, Canadian
Council on Social Development
|Mary Carman, Industry Canada
Eileen Sarkar, Canadian Heritage
|Brenda Cameron Couch, Voluntary
|Andrea Francis, Social Development
Linda Searson, Social Development Canada
Jean Christie, Voluntary
Marie Gauthier, Social Development Canada
Laurie Rektor, Voluntary Sector Forum
Allen Zeesman, Social Development Canada
Record of Discussion
1. Chair Welcome & Opening Remarks
Co-chairs, Susan Scotti and Monica Patten acknowledged disappointment
and discouragement in not having quorum. There was consensus to
continue with the meeting for information sharing purposes and
postpone decision-making agenda items to a dinner meeting on November
22, 2004, following the Champions meeting.
It was suggested that the Terms of Reference be revised to allow
substitution by a specified Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) or
Director General (DG) delegate. The replacement/alternate needs
to reflect continuity and someone with an interest and commitment.
ACTION: The terms of reference will be revised and Susan Scotti
will engage ADMs regarding their participation and/or delegation
2. Presentation “Highlights of the Satellite Account
of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering” by Catherine
Van Rompaey (Statistics Canada)
Presentation of Satellite Account Highlights.
3. Presentation “Cornerstones of Community: The
2003 National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations”
by Michael Hall
Michael Hall presented highlights and discussion ensued regarding
international comparisons and trends. The idea to make the survey
ongoing was raised for consideration. The French translation regarding
the use of the term “advocacy” was raised.
Detailed discussion took place about disegregation of data and
a regional analysis. A process for distribution to Deputy Ministers
of the NSNVO highlights for policy analysis was discussed (e.g.
letter and highlights).
ACTION: Richard Barnabé will work with Katherine Van
Rompaey to ensure consistent and accurate use of terminology in
both official languages.
ACTION: Social Development Canada officials will follow-up
with Statistics Canada officials regarding DM letter.
4. Presentation “Liability Insurance in the Voluntary
Sector” by Bonnie Green
Bonnie Greene talked members through a presentation which provided
the context for the liability insurance issue including a summary
of the Forum’s national study “Framing the Issues”.
It was agreed that this is a very important and complex issue
that will require involvement from industry, the sector, and governments.
It was suggested that Canadian Heritage would be logical players
given their mandate and stakeholders, e.g. PCH – arts, sports,
ACTION: Susan Scotti will talk to Canadian Heritage to champion
this issue, including at the JSC table.
ACTION: Next JSC to be a dinner meeting
on November 22, 2004 at 5:00 p.m., following the Champions meeting.
Discussion is needed concerning:
- Revision to Terms of Reference to allow substitutes by
another Assistant Deputy Minister or Director General delegate
- Report to Canadians and joint priorities – to be
approved via email
- Champions meeting – bring together JSC members for
a dinner meeting at 5:00 p.m.
- Advocacy one-pager to be circulated and discussed at
the next quarterly meeting in January 2005 (Shauna Sylvester).