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CWRA Committees

Finance Committee

Purpose

  • Advise the Treasurer, Executive Committee and the National Board on the budget, finances, and fiscal management of CWRA and its committees;
  • Provide advice and guidance on the financial implications to CWRA of existing and proposed programs and policies. This will normally include national level policies but may also include sector or branch specific policies, as deemed necessary

Responsibilities

  1. Ensure national revenues are used efficiently and effectively to achieve CWRA objectives and bring to the attention of the Treasurer, Executive Committee or National Board, opportunities to improve management of CWRA finances
  2. Promote an understanding of the financial links between CWRA National and the provincial/territorial Branches
  3. Review and provide advice, in the context of the overall operation of CWRA, on the CWRA National Budget and CANCID, CSHS and Project WET annual budgets.

Working Groups may be established to review specific programs and policies that may have financial implications to the Association.

Publications Committee

Purpose

  • The general role of this Committee is to guide consistency in messaging on CWRA publications.

Responsibilities

  1. From time to time the Committee takes the lead in preparing proposals to the Board of Directors for modification of the CWRA document publication directions and status.

Scholarship Committee

 Purpose

  • The Scholarship Committee solicits and ranks applications for CWRA Scholarships, including the Dillon Scholarship, and advises the Board of the results of the selection process for announcement at the Annual National Conference.

Responsibilities

  1. Oversee administration of the scholarship program which annually awards one $5000, one $2000 and three $1500 scholarships to successful applicants
  2. Promote the Association's scholarship program
  3. Establish eligibility criteria for scholarship applicants
  4. Choose scholarship winners each year from among applicants
  5. Notify successful applicants and arrange for presentation of scholarships to winners at the CWRA Annual National Conference

Website Committee

Purpose

  • The purpose of the website committee is to oversee the continuous improvement and maintenance of the Canadian Water Resources Association website

Responsibilities

  1. Ensure the website is maintained to standards developed by the Committee and approved by the National Board of Directors. This includes policies and procedures on posting information, removing information, advertising and conference protocols. The Committee will support the Webmaster in enforcing these policies and review and update these policies and protocols regularly.

Communications Committee

Purpose

  • The overall purpose of the Communications Committee is to coordinate and oversee CWRA communications, and specifically to guide and oversee the implementation of the Communications Plan.
  • The committee is also responsible for ensuring that the overall format, and presentation of CWRA's publications remain consistent. This includes the look and feel of the web site, the newsletters, the Journal, brochures and bookmarks.

Key Functions

  1. Review the current Communications Plan to prioritize items for implementation and to identify areas requiring updating.
  2. Develop a work program to update the Communications Plan as required and to carry out implementation of the updated plan, starting with priority items. If additional resources are required to carry out the work program, such expenditures will be referred to the National Board for approval.
  3. Report to the CWRA Board through the Committee chair at each meeting of the Board of Directors.
  4. Liaise with the Branches, membership, +/or CWRA committees, as needed, for developing communications materials.
  5. Liaise with the Executive Committee as required.

Responsibilities

  1. The Committee will be responsible for promoting activities that assist the CWRA in its interaction with the media and the public. This includes advise on development of CWRA promotional materials (brochure, CWRA display), informational materials (fact sheets), a speakers list and media releases. In general, this includes materials for increasing the profile of CWRA and its Branches among potential members and the general public, and promoting public understanding of Canada's water resources.
  2. At this time, the Committee is not responsible for any aspect of Water News, the CWR Journal, the CWRA web site, Project WET, CANCID, CSHS or National or Branch conferences and workshops. However, the Communications Committee may contribute information and articles to Water News and the web site and may provide advice to other CWRA Committees including the Publications Committee, Web Site Committee and Scholarship Committee and to CWRA conference organizers, if requested. The scope of the Communications Committee may be expanded to include these additional functions at a future date upon approval by the Board.
  3. The Committee is responsible for ensuring that the Communications Plan is implemented. The Committee will be responsible for arranging volunteer, and if necessary professional, assistance to implement the work program at the National and Branch levels of the Association.

Fundraising Committee

Purpose

  • Raise funds on behalf of the CWRA National to support the on-going operation and initiatives of the organization.
  • Coordinate and provide strategic approach to fundraising for the CWRA.

Responsibilities

  1. Raise funds to support the ongoing operation of the CWRA as well as its special projects and initiatives
  2. Coordinate fundraising among the CWRA groups
  3. Provide strategic direction for organizational fundraising
  4. Ensure that funds are collected in a way that respects the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements
  5. Ensure that all monies raised are reflected in the CWRA financial records


 

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