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NPA 2015 Meeting Report by Dr Y Hosein

Election of your next PAW Executive Council

Hello Western Postdocs,

We invite you to nominate the next Executive Council of your Postdoctoral Association at Western (PAW). The incoming council would take up the following positions starting July 1, 2015 for a duration of one year.

- Provide direction to the Executive Council and oversee all operations of PAW
- Preside over all PAW meetings, enforce due observation of the Bylaws and undertake all typical presidential duties
- Represent PAW on various university committees and act as a representative of PAW as needed
- Work closely with the Postdoctoral Services Coordinator (Dr Mihaela Harmos) to coordinate PAW and SGPS activities and set priorities for SGPS
- This role will allow you to develop leadership skills and to network inside and outside Western
- Requires a few hours each week on a constant basis and involvement in all aspects of PAW operations
- Ex-officio roles of the PAW president: Senate Observer, Campus Council, Graduate Education Council and Postdoctoral  Advisory Committee

- Organize and facilitate our meetings and events
- Prepare and circulate meeting agendas; attend meetings to record and circulate meeting minutes
- Maintain our Constitution and Bylaws
- Work closely with the Vice-President of Communications to disseminate information
- Requires approximately 5 hours/month, with the majority of time devoted to the monthly PAW Executive Council meeting

Vice-President Internal
- Organize professional development and events excluding PAW meetings
- Work with Western administration to oversee the setup and maintenance of grievance procedures for postdocs
- Perform the duties of the President in the event of absence or illness of the President

Vice-President External
- Act as our public relations officer
- Maintain representation and active participation at the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS, 
- Attend monthly Skype meetings and the CAPS annual conference (expenses covered)
- Liaise with the US National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA), off-campus groups, government agencies including granting agencies and the public at large
- This position presents excellent opportunities to network and get involved at the national and international levels

Vice-President Finance
- Be responsible for all financial activities of PAW including receipt of monies due, maintenance and custody of all financial books, making all payments, preparing all financial statements and arranging for audit of the books by a suitable auditor
- Provide detailed accounting of PAW funds and expenses for your council term (2015/16)
- Prepare a recommended budget for the following Council (2016/17)
- This role was subsumed under the President for your current Council (2014/15)

Vice-President Communications and Social Coordinator
- Maintain our website (experience with Cascade Server would be helpful)
- Manage the PAW mailing list
- Communicate news/information/events via our facebook and twitter accounts
- Oversee incoming/outgoing messages from our e-mail account
- Organize and announce monthly social events on and off campus for postdocs and their families
- One person served as VP Comm and another person as SC for your current Council (2014/15)

As decided at our last Council Meeting, I will serve as the Chief Returning Officer to collect nominations and oversee the election. The three-week period to nominate your next council is now open and the nomination period will close on the 21st of April 2015. Please message me at <> with the nominee's name, email, faculty/department, the desired position and a statement (single paragraph) of candidacy that will be circulated as part of the election process. Self-nominations are acceptable. The nominees will be announced on the 28th of April 2015. The nominees will be invited to speak at our 05 May meeting before we open the voting period.

Best wishes,
William Lin
Chief Returning Officer for election of the 2015/16 PAW Executive Council

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