Notice of Elections 2017
Do elections matter? Oh yes…
One of the most important things you can do this year for your profession and for the public we serve is to vote.
The College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO) functions through the governance of the Council and the work done by our various Committees. Whether setting professional standards, deciding who can practise as RT and what level of training is required, considering complaints made against Members and deciding how to respond – these are all activities conducted as part of their role at the CRTO.
All health professions are regulated in some way but only a few are self-regulated. When Respiratory Therapists were selected for self-regulation, a bond of trust was made with the public: in exchange for the ability to regulate ourselves, we agree to protect and serve the public interest. Every RT in Ontario has a role to play in meeting this responsibility – and electing members to Council and Committees is an essential part of that.
The majority of Council and Committee Members are Respiratory Therapists just like you who were elected by their peers, and now apply their experience and expertise to the CRTO’s work.
So take a look around you, at the people you know are leaders…great thinkers…insightful. These are the people we need governing the profession. Most of us need some encouragement from time to time – give them a nudge! Offer to nominate them, tell them why you think they should run for election. The profession needs them – and they need you.
Official Notice of Elections 2017
Elections will be held this year for Council and Committee positions in the following Districts:
Areas in District
Counties of Frontenac, Hastings, Lanark, Prince Edward and Renfrew and the united counties of Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, Prescott and Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and The Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton
Counties of Haliburton, Victoria, Peterborough, Northumberland and Simcoe, the regional municipalities of Durham, York and Peel and The City of Toronto
Counties of Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin, Lambton, Kent and Essex
- The call for Nominations opens on Monday, August 7, 2017
- All nominations must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017
- The final voting roster will be released and polls will open on Friday, September 29, 2017 – Ballots will be sent electronically to all members in each district holding an election
- The polls will remain open from September 29 to October 6, 2017
- Voting officially closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017
Eligibility and Responsibilities
The difference between Council and Non-Council Committee Members
The CRTO has a Council that acts like a board of directors, meeting four (4) times a year. The Council is the decision-making body at the CRTO, charged with determining the strategic direction of the College and ensuring that the profession is regulated in the public interest.
In addition to the Council, there are seven (7) Committees that carry out the various responsibilities of the CRTO (i.e., Registration, Quality Assurance, Patient Relation, etc.). Although all Council Members also sit on the Committees, we need additional RTs to fill committee positions and share their expertise. These additional RTs are the Non-Council Committee Members.
In general, to be eligible for election you must be a Member-in-good-standing of the CRTO (i.e., not in default of payment for any fees or the subject of a discipline or incapacity proceeding) and hold a current General or Limited certificate of registration. Full eligibility criteria can be found in Article 16 of the CRTO By-Laws (http://www.crto.on.ca/pdf/Bylaws/bylaws.pdf).
Whether you are a Council or Non-Council Committee Member, you have a general responsibility to become familiar with the objects of the CRTO, as well as relevant legislation and policies. Council/Non-Council Committee Members are expected to prepare themselves for meetings by reading the materials that are pre-circulated and participate actively in the deliberations and decisions. Depending on the committee, you may participate in the development, establishment and maintenance of policies, standards and regulations. Committees such as Registration, Quality Assurance, Complaints and Discipline break into panels to consider specific referrals regarding member practices.
Candidate Information: Submission Process
Beginning this year the CRTO has now implemented a completely online nomination process to make it easier for Members wishing to run for Council or Non-Council Committee positions.
In general, to be eligible for election you must be a Member-in-good-standing of the CRTO (i.e., not in default of payment for any fees or the subject of a discipline or incapacity proceeding) and hold a current General or Limited certificate of registration. Full eligibility criteria can be found in Article 16 of the CRTO By-Laws.
You can only run for one position in your voting district (see what’s my district video or members login area). If you are unsure of which electoral district you’re in, your eligibility to run for election, or eligibility to vote in the election, contact Janice Carson-Golden, Manager of Communications at email@example.com or 416-591-7800 x.27.
The Nomination form can be found by logging into the Member’s Only area of the CRTO website. At the bottom of the menu is a selection “Nomination Form”, click on the link and fill in the form.
There are three (3) sections that must be completed in support of your nomination:
- Nomination Form
- Candidate Statement
- This form is an important one as it will “describe” you to the membership when they are deciding how to vote. The profile you provide will be posted on the Elections section of the website and is the best opportunity to tell everyone a bit about yourself and why you’re running for election – especially those who don’t know you personally.
- Photo – We will need a head shot of you to be posted alongside your candidate statement on the Elections section of our website. We are a relatively small profession, so even if people don’t know your name, they might recognize you!
- The photo doesn’t need to be a glamour shot…even a selfie snapped from your phone would be fine. Just make sure you can be seen clearly and that it’s in colour.
- Please email the image to us separately if you do not have one handy when submitting your form, but remember your completed form (including photo) must be received by 4:00p.m. on September 22, 2017.
- Statement of Affiliations
- This document helps to ensure that each candidate meets the eligibility criteria and to assist in identifying potential conflicts of interest.
How to return completed nomination forms:
The three (3) sections of the nomination form must be completed. Simply fill in the form online and when you are finished simply click the Save & Submit button at the bottom of the form to notify the CRTO of your nomination.
All completed Nomination Packages must be received by the CRTO by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017.
The online voting window for the Districts 3, 4 & 6 will be open from Friday, September 29, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 2017.
- Select the “Click Here to Vote >>” link below to open the ballot.
- Select the candidate you wish to vote for and select the “Next” button at the bottom of the ballot.
- After submitting your vote, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a link to confirm your vote. You must select the link in the email to complete your vote or it will not count.
- You will receive a thank you message on screen to confirm you have completed the vote.
If you do not receive your emails please check your SPAM folder. if you do not receive your ballot or your confirmation email please contact the CRTO.
For questions regarding the elections process, the available positions, or assistance completing the Nomination Package, please contact:
Kevin Taylor, Registrar