Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto AGM 2023

2023-11-17 11:47 | Anonymous

Our 2023 Annual General Meeting will be held in person and via ZOOM on November 27 at 7PM.

The following documents are available for download and the AGENDA, BIOS and FINANCIALS are also presented below for easy access.

Agenda for AGM November 27, 2023

Hort Board 2023 Nominees Bios

Previous AGM minutes (November 28, 2022)

Financials for the year ended September 30, 2023


1.   Call to order of the 2023 AGM, Ron Charlemagne, President - Welcomes and introductions, Announcements

2. Report on quorum (20 members minimum)

3. Additions to /Approval of the agenda 

4. Approval of the Minutes of the 2022 AGM held November 28, 2022

5. Report of the PresidentRon Charlemagne - Acceptance of the President’s report

6. Report of the TreasurerEmieke Geldof - Acceptance of the Treasurer’s report

7. Appointment of financial reviewers for next fiscal year Sep 30, 2024 (Mary Mosser and Anne Wong)

8. Hand-over virtual gavel to Roberta Jennings, OHA District 15 Assistant Director. 

Elections to the 2023 - 2024 Board of Directors 

Re-standing at the 2023 AGM for 2023/24: Emieke Geldof, Clement Kent, Barbara Japp, Helen Vorster, Judy Whalen.

Completing 2nd year of term: Annelies Groen, Ron Charlemagne, Misbah Mukri-Tasci

Call for further nominations 

9. Installation: Acceptance of the slate by the Membership

10. Return of Gavel and Adjournment of the 2023 AGM

11. Introduction of the Speaker 


Re-election for another 2-year term:

Emieke Geldof

Member of the Hort since 1995; Board of Directors 2011 to present; Recording Secretary in 2015, Treasurer since 2017. Member of Communications Team (manages Hort website and email communications). Enjoys painting, canoeing, nature, and good food. Has worked as a teacher, bookkeeper, software tester, documentation writer, software trainer and support person, and currently is a freelance bookkeeper. Originally from New Zealand.

Barbara Japp

Member of the Hort since 2007. Board of Directors since 2007; Plant Fair committee 2008 to present; Communications Committee 2011 to 2018, Second Vice President 2011–2012, Newsletter co-editor Fall 2011 to Fall 2017. Co-President of Board of Directors with Diana Baxter 2013 to 2016. President of Board of Directors 2017–2018; Co-president Board of Directors 2019; Past President since 2020. St. George’s baskets volunteer, volunteer at CNE Garden Show. Volunteer at the OHA info table at the CNE and Canada Blooms. Volunteers at the Hort Show the Flag events. Plant Fair Committee.

Clement Kent

Founding member of the Parkdale Horticultural Society 1988. Clement Kent is adjunct professor of Biology at York University and a co-founder of the Parkdale Horticultural Society. He has helped lead the creation of several pollinator gardens by the Hort, as well as serving in most board positions, many of them several times. Vice-President since 2020.

Helen Vorster

Member of the Hort since 1994. Helped organize one of the early garden tours and wrote many of the speaker summaries for the previous Hort newsletter. Volunteer gardener at Kathy’s Garden at Stanley Park. Project Swallowtail member. Helen is an architect who works in residential and garden design with interests in sustainable design, natural landscapes, travel and art. Secretary since 2020.

Judy Whalen

Member of the Hort since 1991. Board of Directors since 1995; Treasurer 1998¬–2008; President of Board of Directors 1997 - 1999. Worked with Mari Lise Stonehouse on the speaker’s Programme 1997 to 2022, Community Garden Projects Coordinator since 1999; designed first website in 1999, Newsletter editor (1999–2003)

Completing second year of 2-year Term:

Ron Charlemagne

Member of the Hort since 2010; Board of Directors 2015 to present; Vice president 2017, 2018; Co-president of the Board 2019; President since 2020. Member of the Education and Outreach Committee, instituting the Info Table at the General Meetings. Knowledgeable in Horticulture and technical issues. Volunteers at the Hort Show the Flag events, setting up for meetings, and many other Hort events.

Annelies Groen

Member of the Hort since 2018. Experience in horticulture labour and landscape construction. Recent horticultural project: creation of a RAIN garden through a Master class. Proud host for the Swallowtail Project in the Annex. Professional background includes outdoor education workshops for primary teachers.

Misbah Mukri-Tasci

Member of Hort since 2022. Interested in helping to create and beautify community and public spaces. Supports the idea of access and encouragement for children to plant and learn about gardening. Resident of Roncesvalles Village since 2001. Changed our front and backyards from having only grass to perennial shade gardens, with some pollinators to help our friendly neighbourhood bees. Previous small business owner of children clothing store, Hoola Hoop Kids Store and children’s Theatre company, High Park Kids Theatre.


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