The Fancy Speaks
The nomination deadline for the next Board of Directors for the Canadian Kennel Club is in 4 days October 1, 2017.
At this time we thought it would be helpful to hear from our current board members who represent their CKC members in zones across Canada, what they feel is the most important singular accomplishment the current board has achieved as a whole, and what they feel they have personally accomplished to benefit the members in the zone they represent.
We want to be clear that we are not looking for operational advances, that the staff have initiated, rather, what the board has done to further the sport of purebred dogs, and the associated activities. The Executive Director will also be asked what he feels he and his staff have accomplished during the tenure of the current sitting Board of Directors.
CKC Executive Director
I know that you asked each of the Board of Directors a similar question. It’s interesting because I truly believe that the greatest accomplishments of the staff have been interdependent and a result of support from the Board. We have made headway over the past three years in improving services to the membership: like the fastest turnaround times ever for event results, expanding the Puppy List to all member and managing costs by creating new revenue streams such as sponsorships. But certainly the greatest accomplishment hasn’t been experienced by the membership yet. The funding, direction and support provided by the Board into our new IT system aka IT4YOU has allowed us the latitude create what will be “game changing” for registrations and events. We’re heavy into the development phase and looking forward to the launch next year under a newly appointment Board.
Thank you for asking Lynda.
Zone 1 - Nova Scotia & Newfoundland & Labrador
The 2015-2018 CKC Board consisted of 4 returning members and 8 who were not on the previous Board. Many of us experienced a steep learning curve in this position, yet the Board was able to operate as one unit right from the start. This is a major accomplishment in many respects. Although it may seem impressive if there was one “wow” moment for our board, most successful boards achieve this through a long term and continued ability to make good decisions. We have dealt with many decisions over the last three years, such as expanding the computer funds and initiating the IT4You program, passing a new Open class in Obedience, initiating more effective reporting of finances, increasing our Social media presence and of course the soon to be in place points for RBIS and Group points for the Grand Championship program.
If I have to select one thing that I feel our Board has accomplished it is the commitment to having our members know what is happening sooner. Our Board made a decision to post the full Agenda for Board meetings online as soon as it becomes available. In the past the actual proposed amendments were not available and only the agenda list was online. Now members can see the proposals and have time to contact their Directors with their suggestions and concerns prior to the Board Meetings. We also approve the minutes in our monthly unofficial conference calls (during a short official section) and have the minutes online much quicker. More information, sooner.
In Zone One, I have made a concerted effort to reach out to members in all our disciplines and to be accessible. I attend Field Trials, Drafting, Tracking and as many other events as I can. I try and keep my members up to date on CKC happenings with monthly Face Book posts on events and information. I believe members appreciate the little nudge to check the website and read their Bulletins. The CKC can send out information, but if no one reads it we have not been successful.
Being a Board member is certainly much more work than one can ascertain from the By- laws. There are many hours spent other than at Board meetings, on Councils and Committees and dealing with member concerns. Lots of fun!
Zone 2 - New Brunswick & PEI
H. Brian Reid
Zone 3 - Quebec
This was my first term on the CKC Board of Directors.
It was an honour to have received support from voting members but also somehow intimidating at first to sit beside some other board members that had so much experience. They made the newcomers feel welcome.
This Board is said to be one of the most cohesive of the past years as we have heard many times from members of the Gallery as well as past board members. This might be one of our greatest accomplishments. That does not mean we all agreed. We had some serious discussions and on more than one occasion we thought that the honeymoon would be over but we remained respectful and moved on.
I feel we are listening more to the members through the councils. Social Media is helping members voicing their concerns more than before and we as a board listened whenever possible. I believe that the last Obedience rule change and the elimination of the chute in agility are two good examples of that.
On a personal note I have continued the work of my predecessor and kept on asking for more French. It is now happening more and more and faster than before. I am also happy that the new judge’s observers program will start. The re-definition of the event Superintendent’s role is also something I pushed for. We need to improve our image and get rid of the perceptions tha the rules can be overlooked by some, and not others.
Many members do not understand how the CKC works and whenever possible I have tried to help them make sure their opinions or requests were heard. But isn’t his the role of a Director?
The 2016 AGM held in Quebec City was the beginning of a new format offering speaker’s presentation and local members’ recognition.
Zone 3 has grown richer of a few more judges and breed clubs. I was happy to support judge education groups in Obedience and Pointing dogs test. Our judges in all disciplines need to update and train together for the betterment of the sports.
CKC is now a member of: Stategie Quebecoise de sante et bien etre des animaux and is also consulted by the Government on some topics. With the help of local members and staff we are making progress in fighting BSL regulation.
Although in the works when our board was elected, the IT 4U project really began early in our term and is now close to completion. This will be a game changer for our members as well as staff.
As we move forward it is more than time that our CKC members, breeders and our judges show pride in our club and less sarcasm. It is far from perfect but without our input nothing will become the way we want it.
C’était mon premier mandat au Conseil d’administration du CCC.
Ce fut un honneur d’être élue par une majorité de membres mais aussi intimidant de siéger aux coté de gens d’expérience. Ils ont bien accueilli les nouveaux.
Les membres qui assistent à nos rencontres et certains anciens directeurs nous ont dit a maintes reprise que nous sommes un des Conseil les plus fonctionnel des dernières années. Je crois que c’est notre plus grand succès. Ça ne veut pas dire qu’on est toujours en accord. A plus d’une reprise les discussions ont été animés et lors de votes importants et on se disait que la lune de miel allait se terminer. Mais nous sommes restés respectueux et on est passé au sujet suivant.
J’ai l’impression que nous écoutons plus la voix des membres par l’intermédiaire des conseils. Les médias sociaux permettent aux membres de se manifester et nous les membres du C.A les écoutons quand c’est possible. Les changements récents aux règlements d’obéissance et la suspension de l’utilisation de la chute en agilité sont deux exemples.
Sur une note plus personnelle j’ai continué le travail de mon prédécesseur en demandant que le français soit plus présent. Il y a encore place à l’amélioration, mais il y a plus de contenu en français et la traduction se fait plus rapidement. Je suis aussi heureuse de voir le nouveau programme d’observation des juges prendre vie. La définition plus détaillée du rôle de surintendant des évènements me tenait à cœur. Nous devons redorer notre image et cesser de donner l’Impression que certains participants peuvent contourner les règles et d’autres pas.
Plusieurs membres ne savent pas comment fonctionne le CCC et autant que possible j’ai tenté de les aider à se faire entendre. Mais n’est-ce pas justement le rôle du directeur ?
L’AGM tenue à Québec en juin 2016 a été le précurseur d’un nouveau format incluant des conférences et la reconnaissance de membres locaux.
La Zone 3 s’est enrichie de nouveaux juges et clubs. Il m’a fait plaisir de supporter des journées de perfectionnement pour les juges en obéissance et pour les concours pour chiens d’arrêt. Je crois que c’est primordial que nos juges de toutes les disciplines se perfectionnent et se tiennent à jour.
Le CCC a maintenant une place au sein de la Stratégie québécoise de santé et de bien-être des animaux et est plus souvent consulté par les paliers de gouvernements. Avec l’aide du personnel du CC et de membres locaux nous faisons des progrès contre les lois visant certaines races de chiens.
Quoique le projet fût déjà planifié, TI pour Vous a vraiment pris son envol au début de notre mandat et sera complété sous peu. Ce système sera un changement majeur et positif pour les membres et le personnel du CCC.
Il est temps d’aller de l’avant et de voir nos membres, éleveurs et juges se montrer fiers du CCC et moins sarcastiques. Il y a bien des choses à améliorer mais c’est par notre implication que le changement se fera.
Zone 4 - Ontario North
Zone 5 - Ontario East
I believe the greatest accomplishment of this board has been the on going replacement of the old APPX computer system. Although, initially started by a previous, board this project went to the membership in surveys asking what they would like to see accomplished within the new system. As member ideas came forth, funds were increased for the project to ensure many of these suggestions would be incorporated when this system is launched.
This board has also continued building the financial viability of the organization to allow it to progress and provide more member benefits. I also believe this board has been more attuned to the needs of the membership and although it could not satisfy everyone it did strive to listen to the majority and make changes aimed at improving the sport.
This is my last term on the board having served three consecutive terms of three years, the maximum permitted under the bylaws. During my tenure on the past three boards I have seen the CKC go from being bankrupt to being on fairly solid financial ground.
Zone 6 - Ontario West
Dr. Paul Eckford
The most significant accomplishment of this board is the IT4YOU project, which will improve almost every facet of how our members interact with the Canadian Kennel Club on a daily basis. Our IT revitalization project when fully implemented in the coming year will allow the organization to operate with improved efficiency while providing better service to our members. There will be exciting new features with most available at our members' fingertips by logging in through the CKC website. This will help our members focus more time and energy on their dogs and the many ways they participate with them on a regular basis.
My most significant accomplishments on the board, for zone 6 members and all CKC members in the short few months that I have been a director include:
1. The development of a new two-stream design for the open classes in obedience. The out of sight sit and down stays have been a very passionate issue for our members, with many feeling that they pose a safety risk to their dogs, while many others feel that they are a valuable exercise to train and test in the open class. The solution I recently brought to the board and was approved at the September board meeting is one of choice, where two equal streams will allow our members to participate in the traditional out of sight stays or a new and challenging change of positions individual exercise and an in sight stay exercise. I feel that allowing the choice of the most appropriate Open option for a particular dog without any penalty will best serve our members and encourage more participation in obedience events.
2. I have been involved in bringing recommendations for a therapy dog title recognition program to the board. I anticipate that this program will be up and running in the next year.
3. I have been involved in bringing recommendations to the board for adding a new scent detection event to the CKC roster. I am hopeful that this popular type of event will be offered under the umbrella of the CKC in the coming years.
Zone 7 - Ontario Central
Peter Laventhall – Wolfish
Zone 8 - Manitoba
Thank you for taking the time and the interest in polling current Board members on our achievements during our last term.
In my humble opinion, this has been a very cohesive Board that has worked well together to further the sport of purebred dogs.
We have introduced several new performance events, with proposals for several more to be added in the next term.
We very recently reviewed the Obedience rules, adding a parallel path to the Open Exercises which would allow exhibitors to participate in this class without have to complete the out of sights sits and downs.
We constantly monitor all aspects of our sport and make changes with input from our membership.
We have worked hand in hand with the office staff to ensure that the expectations of our membership are being met.
As for personal accomplishments, I would like to think that whatever success we have had, is due in a large part to the amicable relationship of this Board and the leadership that has been provided by Mr. Rowbotham
as the Chairman.
Thanks for asking.
Zone 9 - Saskatchewan
Zone 10 - Alberta, NWT & Nunavut
Zone 11 - BC Southwest
Of the various accomplishments by this Board, I feel the most far reaching and beneficial to all is the replacement of the APPX computer system, a project known as IT4YOU. This is an ongoing project for which the membership will reap the benefits at all levels, membership, registration and shows and trials, well into the future.
Among other things, it will showcase breeders and purebred dogs as well as events. The membership has been requesting this for years and through careful budgeting, this Board has been able to get us to a position where we could make the important decision to proceed with planning and implementation. The Board has listened to the wishes of the membership, and been able to incorporate many of those wishes into the program, a program that will benefit the organization and its members across the spectrum and make CKC the "go to body" for everything concerning purebred dogs.
Zone 12 - BC Interior & Yukon
I wasn’t going to respond to your question, but after the firestorm from members degrading the credibility of the CKC and especially the Board of Directors, I decided that everyone should know how I feel about these discriminating comments.
As everyone possibly is aware I was appointed by the Board two years ago to fill a vacancy that was created by the sudden passing of the Board Member from the Interior of BC and Yukon. I had also spent twelve (12) years as a Board member of this organization starting in 1988, CKC’s Centennial Year. I have become known on this Board as the historian for my past experiences on previous Boards.
It was difficult stepping into this position not knowing many of the present members around the table and/or the strategic policies and strategies that were being proposed and discussed at the time. It took several meetings to get up to speed and I found that this was the most progressive and productive Board that I have had the privilege to serve on. We work as a team and have gotten many difficult issues dealt with responsibly.
Unfortunately, and I find it very disappointing, that the perspective from what the members think and the way they responded to the letters to Show Scene last week, they do not think that we as a Board are responsible or dedicated to the CKC, the Purebred Dog or the Sport of Purebred Dogs. I have been a member of the CKC for over 50 years, have dedicated my time sitting at the Board table governing the CKC for fourteen years and I am called down as not being dedicated? I have lost a lot of respect for what the membership think we do at the Board table in governing the CKC. This is not a money grabbing organization that is trying to floss the membership of their hard-earned dollars, we are trying very diligently to make enough cash flow to keep the organization operating for future generations and trying our hardest to preserve the Purebred Dog. This is not always an easy task and unless you are sitting at the Board table, you would never understand what has to be done to keep this process ongoing.
Over the past few years Strategic Planning, of which I am a member, has proposed and the Board has approved several new program initiatives that will be coming forward in 2018 and several more that will be started shortly thereafter once all the office work has been taken care of. The new IT project, initiating the new computer system will be up and running in the very near future totally automating every aspect of what is done by the CKC. I have, in the Interior of BC & Yukon given demonstrations of how the new system will operate and have had raving reviews.
So, we are doing nothing, as many members perceive, except attend baseball games on our spare time and ridiculously stuff our face with hot dogs for dinner; by the way they were good but expensive. I would suggest you attend a Board meeting and you may have your eyes opened at what goes on around a CKC Board table and maybe some of these rude and demeaning comments about our dedication to the CKC and the sport of dogs would be less deserving.