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      Jan O’BrienJan O’Brien
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      My organization is a large credit union, in other words, a cooperative where the Board of Directors are elected by the members. This means we are accountable to our members. They are not simply customers.
      The model shown is based on corporate governance. Shareholders have different rights and expectations than members in a coop.
      The Diefenbaker Clinic is a community non-profit organization where the members elect the Board of Directors which appoints an executive director. The governance structure looks reasonable for this type of organization. It includes someone from the funder; a person with expertise in health as well as staff. Is the city representative necessary?

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      Jen BudneyJen Budney
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      Jan – your question about the City rep is a good one. I suspect that appointment is unnecessary, but perhaps other participants have different opinions?

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