Fundraising is a fundamental aspect of any planning work and an immediate decision was taken during the Board meeting to raise $10,000 in the remainder of this fiscal year in order to begin to make up for the 15% cut in our operating grant. The Board members contributed to this effort by raising over $1000 amongst themselves by the end of meeting.
Susan Witter reported on the federal government's Labour Force Development Strategy. In April of this year, the federal government announced its intentions to consult with those in the labour market and those involved in training programs on a series of initiatives to expand and improve training and adjustment programs for unemployed Canadians. During the summer and early fall, six task force groups met to make recommendations on Entry Level Training, Apprenticeship, Older Workers, Unemployment Insurance Recipients, Social Assistance Recipients, and Human Resource Development; CCLOW was invited to be involved in the process. Three representatives sat on three task forces: Susan Witter (Entry Level Training), Marcia Braundy (Apprenticeship), and Marcie Cohen (Unemployment Insurance Recipients). As it turned out, 90% of the representatives on the task forces were from business or labour; 10% were from special interest groups like CCLOW. Out of 60 representatives 10 were women, and some concern has been expressed that the particular learning needs of women are not being considered. We will be watching to see whether women's needs are addressed in the final recommendations. It was felt that CCLOW played a visible and important role in the process.
The Personnel Committee was sad to report the resignation of two staff people: Shyrose Visram, Computer Programmer, and Gladys Watson, Information and Resources Coordinator. Both left CCLOW for positions in other sectors. Because of budget restraints neither of these positions will be filled immediately, and as there is no longer anyone to oversee CCLOW's Women's Learning Resource Centre, it was decided that CCLOW staff cease to accept information requests and treat the centre as indefinitely closed. CCLOW will be seeking sufficient funds for the centre, to allow the collection to be maintained and information requests to be processed as usual.
The meeting was adjourned Sunday afternoon and most Board members felt impressed with the amount of work done and the valuable skills of various Directors that had been demonstrated and utilized. Many had learned a lot in the process. The next Board meeting, including CCLOW's next Annual General Meeting, is scheduled for June 22-24,1990, in Toronto.