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Governance Questionnaire

Rating: 5 as the highest point of agreement or disagreement


Members:

1. It is important that members of the BC SPCA be given every opportunity to provide their input to
the decision making process of the Society.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


2. It should be mandatory that all members of a branch be advised in writing, at least two weeks in advance,
of the date of a branch general meeting. Such notice should contain the proposed agenda.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


3. It should be mandatory that all members of the society be advised in writing, at least two weeks in
advance, of the date of a general meeting. Such notice should contain the proposed agenda.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


4. Members should have the opportunity to speak at any general meeting of the society with reasonable
restrictions on length of time and subject matter as ruled by a parliamentarian.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


5. The provincial society should be consulting their members to determine if its positions on animal welfare
accurately reflect the members' positions.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


6. This could be achieved economically by including a survey with one of the province wide fund raising mail outs.


Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


Provincial Board of Directors:


7. It is important that meetings of the provincial Board of Directors are held on a regular basis, not less
than 8 times yearly.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


8. Before any director, regional councilor or member of a Branch Community Advisory Committee may be
removed from office, he or she should be provided the reason why and given the opportunity to provide a defense.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


9. Any decision to remove a director, regional councilor or member of a Branch Community
Advisory Committee should be subject to an appeal to an independent body (ie Ombudsman).

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


10. The Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for overseeing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
They should be monitoring the activities of the BC SPCA more closely.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


Community Advisory Committees:

11. It is important that meetings of the Community Advisory Committee are held on a regular
basis, not less than 6 times yearly.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


12. Community Advisory Committee meetings should be open to the public providing that there
is an "in camera" session for such issues as personnel or legal matters.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5

13. There should be a public participation period for a limited period of time during each
Community Advisory Committee meeting.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


14. Animal welfare needs may differ in each community.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5

15. It is important to determine the priority of animal welfare needs in each community.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


16. Currently the BC SPCA Board of Directors makes all final decisions.
Who do you think should determine the priority of animal welfare needs in each community?

a) Branch staff
b) Local membership
c) Branch Community Advisory Committee
d) BC SPCA Head Office staff
e) BC SPCA Board of Directors


17. It is important that the wishes of a donor or testator be respected with reference to
how donations or legacies are spent.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


18. Currently, the BC SPCA Board of Directors decides how funds are distributed.
Who do you think should be responsible for determining how donations and legacies
designated for a specific branch are spent?

a) Branch staff
b) Branch Community Advisory Committee
c) BC SPCA Head Office Staff
d) BC SPCA Provincial Board of Directors


19. Who should be responsible for making the decision to close a branch?

a) Branch staff
b) Branch Community Advisory Committee
c) Branch Membership
d) BC SPCA Head Office Staff
e) BC SPCA Board of Directors


20. There should be an appeal process for decisions relating to branch closures.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


21. Who should decide to suspend a branch warrant?

a) BC SPCA Membership
b) BC SPCA Head Office Staff
c) BC SPCA Board of Directors by simple majority
d) BC SPCA Board of Directors by 2/3 majority


22. There should be an appeal process for decisions relating to the suspension or closure of a branch.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


23. During the appeal process branches at risk of closure should be permitted to cast their
votes as long as it is not pertaining to the issue of suspension.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


Executive Committee:


24. The authority of the BC SPCA Board of Directors should be continuous between meetings
of the Board.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


25. The authority to make decisions between meetings of the board should not be designated
to a smaller committee such as an Executive Committee.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


26. If circumstances arise that require the approval of the Board of Directors between
formal meetings a teleconference meeting of the board should be held.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


27. It is essential that any authority delegated to the Executive committee is clearly defined
and subject to the approval of the BC SPCA Board of Directors

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


Staff/Volunteers:


28. In the event of a disagreement between volunteers and staff that cannot be resolved
the matter should be referred to an independent body such as an Ombudsman.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


29. BC SPCA staff and volunteers must have a mechanism to raise their concerns or
complaints without fear of reprisal.


Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


30. BC SPCA staff should be involved in a consultation process to advise the BC SPCA
Board of Directors of the ramifications of changes to policies or procedures.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


31. BC SPCA staff should have a standardized agreement that ensures that they are treated
fairly and with respect by Community Advisory Committees, the BC SPCA Board of Directors
and the Chief Executive Officer.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


32. Such an agreement should include a referral to the Ombudsman in the event of a
violation of the agreement.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


33. The appointment of a branch manager by the Society's Chief Executive Officer should
be subject to the approval of the Branch Community Advisory Committee.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


34. The appointment of the Society's Chief Executive Officer should be subject to the approval
of the Society's Board of Directors.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


Finances/Operations:


35. Each branch of the Society should produce an audited financial report annually that includes
a clear accounting of administrative costs.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


36. The provincial society should produce an audited combined financial report annually
that includes a clear accounting of administrative costs.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


37. The provincial society should produce an audited financial report annually that shows the
revenues and expenditures of the head office. This should be a separate report as a schedule
to the main statements.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


38. Salary guidelines should be developed and approved by the provincial
Board of Directors.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


39. Salary guidelines should apply to all branches and the head office.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


40. All contracts over $20,000 awarded by the Society should go to public tender.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


41. The assets of the Society (ie investments, property, buildings) should not be used for
collateral security without the approval of the Board of Directors of the Society.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


42. Fundamental changes to the Society's bylaws, animal welfare policies or financial policies
proposed by the BC SPCA Board of Directors should always provide an opportunity for
branch and member input and should be introduced in a business plan along with a financial
review of the society done by an independent body.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5


43. The BC SPCA, a non-profit society, should NOT be able to run a deficit.

Agree 1 2 3 4 5

Disagree 1 2 3 4 5

 

 

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