A New National Association?

Well there might be some interest swirling around about starting a new ham radio association in Canada.

Interested?

Well here’s a couple of thoughts if we are to avoid the systemic faults that have crippled current and past attempts.

First we need leaders who understand they are there to serve and not govern. This means we need to discover the desires of the membership and then labour hard to fulfill them. This means no guessing. It requires entering into conversations with all Amateur Radio operators in Canada – friends and even more important critics – members and again even more importantly non- members. (This seems to be a new concept for some.)

Second there must be a full measure of accountability. We must take responsibility to do what we say we’re going to do and then allow ourselves to be held to account for the results both good and bad.

Right now there is no accountability. (Part of the problem is there isn’t sufficient rotation of leadership and inadequate separation between board and executive members.)

And third there has to be a mechanism that enshrines a right of appeal.

Currently there is no process.

There’s more…lots more but this would be a start and a good start at that. These are basic concepts that we’re currently missing.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

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