Conflict of Interest Issue - Cloverdale Minor Hockey Association
We are a few very concerned group of parents who are requesting that the Cloverdale Minor Hockey Association voting members on the Board of Directors have a paying child participant registered with CMHA.
We feel that it is a conflict of interest to the long term vision of our minor hockey association to have parents without children playing in CMHA to have such an important vote.
It is also a negative having their children developed in many cases by CMHA, opt out to play in Hockey Academies thus impacting the quality of our Bantam program that our association operates. (We aren't opposed to youngsters opting out of CMHA to play Academy Hockey). We are against their parents or guardians to act as a Director and having an executive vote in the important affairs that impacts our children, and our also adamant that our Association be governed by the families who have active children participating in the CMHA. The current CMHA bylaw needs to be changed as it was written several decades ago and has not kept up with the ever changing landscape that minor hockey associations has evolved to.
We feel the rationale for this request is relevant and fair.
- Having a member from a family not particpating in CMHA does not align with the long term vision of our association.
- It prevents current active and concerned members from participating in a meaningful role in strengthening and improving our organization long term.
- Opportunity for bias, favouritism, vindictiveness, and control exists but will be more difficult to react to. There is opportunity for less transparency.
- This member is not participating financially to CMHA therefore, is not in as "Good a Standing" as those who are making financial obligations.
- This is not a healthy long term viable way to grow an organization. We need members with a real vested long term interest in our association to be easily held accountable.
- Potential for promoting Hockey Academy and negatively impacting our very own programs.
- The exception would be a family member whose children have played in CMHA from Initiation to Midget/Juvenile and displayed a strong interest in CMHA affairs over the years, or a Lifetime member.
Since this serious issue was not brought forward to the membership prior to the Annual General Meeting, we are asking for a Special Meeting to consider this issue, debate it and bring to a vote on changing the bylaw that ensures "To be a voting member of the current/future executive on Cloverdale Minor Hockey Association you must have a participant playing in CMHA in same year or be a Life Time member."