By Aaron Berhane March 2008 We have a number of community and religious institutions that serve the Eritrean Canadian community. They have similarity ...
By Aaron Berhane
We have a number of community and religious institutions that serve the Eritrean Canadian community. They have similarity in the process of their establishment and administering the institutions. They try to follow the Canadian laws that govern not-for-profit organizations.
Members of the board are elected directly at the general meeting. Then the board voluntarily runs the institution based on the institution’s principles. It recruits employees who can run the day to day activities of the institution. As leaders of the people, the board is obliged to run its business transparently. It has a duty to disclose expenses and income generated, as well as profits and losses to the public. This is a must.
The Eritrean Canadian Community of Toronto held a general meeting on February 9, 2008. It did its best to follow appropriate regulations, and it should be commended for that. The board presented a detailed financial report to members, invited guests and the media.
The internal controlling committee delivered its detailed evaluation of the activities of the board without any reservation. It praised their accomplishments and criticised their weaknesses. The committee opened up the floor to questions, and participants received a respectful response. In brief, it was a civilised meeting, full of healthy discussion.
This type of open administration should be followed by other institutions of our community if they haven’t done so yet.
Transparency is an expression of a civilized administration. It shows that you have confidence in yourself and the organization you run. It indicates how responsible you are with people’s money and property. Above all, it shows that you have a burning desire to build the institution you administer upon a solid foundation.
Therefore, for our community to march forward, we must move out from the veil of secrecy and explain things openly. We should build trust in our community by being transparent in all our dealings. We should leave no room for those who would like to run the community in secrecy. It’s time to become transparent.