GREATER SAINT JOHN CHINESE CULTURAL ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION

I. Name

Full Name: GREATER SAINT JOHN CHINESE CULTURAL ASSOCIATION

II. Status

The Association is approved by and registered under the Canadian government as a non-political, non-religious, and non-profit organization.

III. Purposes

  1. Promotes mutual love and support among the Chinese community members; helps new Chinese immigrants understand and adapt to local culture and life; helps to safeguard the rights and interests of the members in the local community.
  2. Promotes Chinese culture, actively organizes and participates in local social activities and other multicultural activities, and expand the positive influence of the Chinese community in the Saint John region.
  3. Organizes Chinese cultural and educational courses.

IV. Membership

Any one who is living in Saint John and its surrounding areas, and loves Chinese culture, recognizes and abides by this constitution may apply to become a member.

Member rights: rights to participate in all activities of the Association; the members must be above 18 years of age to have the rights to vote and to be voted; rights to propose and supervise the conducts of business affairs of the Association.

Membership Obligations: the members shall abide by and perform the constitution of the Association, implement the resolutions of this board, and pay membership fees annually.

Membership fees:

Individual/Student: $10 CAD/per year per individual
Family: $20 CAD/per year per family

V. Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the executive management body of the Association, which is composed of a president, a vice-president, a secretary, a treasurer and various department supervisors. The president is elected by the list of candidates nominated by the members. The vice-president, the secretary, the treasurer, and the supervisors are appointed by the president. The Board decides on the planning and execution of daily activities of the Association. All board of directors shall serve for a two year term. The president may be re-elected for a maximum of four consecutive terms.

President: leads and coordinates the work of the Association, chairs the General Assembly and the Board of Directors; the president must be able to speak Mandarin and at least one official language of Canada fluently.

Vice-president: assists the president to well manage various affairs of the Association. When the president is absent, s/he acts as the President.

Secretary: issues meeting and event notifications, keeps meeting records, and be responsible for archiving meetings and various types of information.

Treasurer: is responsible for managing the Association’s bank account, daily income and expenditure, and presents an annual financial report to the general assembly and the board.

Supervisors: appoint the volunteer members of the group they are responsible for, and organize related activities.

VI. Organizational Structure

The General Assembly is the highest authority of the Association.

  1. The general assembly is chaired by the president and is held once a year. The president will present a summary of activities and the treasurer will present an annual financial report.
  2. To deliberate proposals for amendments of the Constitution of the Association, vote to pass or reject all major proposals of the Association.

VII. Finance

  • Account

The Association sets up an independent account and implements the budget and financial account system. Finance is governed by Canadian tax laws.

  • Finance Management

Establishes and improves various financial revenue and expenditure systems. The Association strictly manages finance according to the financial system, and the account is open for reviews.

  • Source of Funding
  1. Membership fees
  2. Membership sponsorship and social donations
  3. Applies related Government Funding/sponsorship from the non-government agencies, and fees collected through certain activities organized
  4. Other legal revenue
  • Expenses
  1. Expenses on various activities held by the Association.
  2. Expenses on printing internal publications and materials, and operating expenses of the website.
  3. Other reasonable expenses.

VIII. Others

  1. No individual may conduct any political, religious or commercial activities in the name of the Association without the consent of the Board of Directors or the General Assembly.
  2. Other urgent affairs need to be discussed and decided by the Board of Directors.

大圣约翰中华文化协会章程

一、名称

中文全称:大圣约翰中华文化协会
英文全称:Greater Saint John Chinese Cultural Association

二、性质

本会是经加拿大政府批准注册的非政治、非宗教、非营利的社会团体。

三、宗旨

1. 促进华人社区互爱互助;帮助华裔移民了解,适应本地文化和生活;协助维护华人合法权益。

2. 弘扬中华文化,积极组织并参与本地社会活动及其他多元文化活动,扩大华人社区影响力。

3. 组织相关中华文化教育课程,传承中华文化

四、会员

1. 居住在圣约翰及周边地区的华人,及热爱中华文化的人士,承认并遵守本章程,皆可申请成为会员。
2. 会员权利:参与本会的活动; 18岁以上会员享有选举权和被选举权;提议和监督会务开展的权利。
3. 会员义务:会员应遵守和履行本会的章程,执行本会决议,每年按规定缴纳会费。
4. 会费:
个人/学生:10 加元/年
家庭:20 加元/年

五、理事会

理事会为本会的常务管理执行机构,由会长、副会长、秘书、会计和各部门主管组成。会长由会员提名的候选人名单中选举产生。副会长、秘书、会计和各部门主管由会长任命。理事会决定日常活动的计划及执行。所有理事会成员任期为两年。会长经选举最多可以连任四届。

会长:领导和协调协会工作,主持会员大会和理事会会议;会长必须能够流利的说普通话和至少一门加拿大官方语言。
副会长:协助会长做好协会各项工作,会长缺席时代理会长工作。
秘书:发会议及活动通知,做会议记录,负责会议及各类资料的存档。
会计:负责管理协会在银行的帐户,协会日常收支,向会员大会和理事会作财务报告。
各部门主管: 任命自己所负责组的志愿者成员,组织相关活动。

六、组织机构

会员大会为本会的最高权力机构。
1. 会员大会由会长主持,每年举行一次。由会长做活动总结,会计做财务总结。

2. 审议本会章程的修改提案,表决通过或否决本会的各项重大议案。

七、财务

1. 帐户
本会设立独立的帐户。实行预算、决算制度。财务按加拿大税法管理。

2. 财务管理
建立和完善各项财务收支制度。本会严格按照财务制度进行管理,帐目公开。

3. 经费的来源
    1) 会员会费
    2) 会员赞助和社会捐助
    3) 申请有关政府/非政府机构的赞助金,并在举办某些活动时适当的收费
    4) 其他合法收入

4. 经费的开支
    1) 举办本会各种活动的开支。
    2) 编印内部刊物和资料的开支,及网站运作开支。
    3) 其他合理开支。

八、其他

1. 未经理事会或会员大会同意,任何个人不得以本会名义进行任何政治、宗教或商业活动。

2. 其他突发事件,需由理事会商讨决定。