The By-laws, Policy and Procedures Manual is intended as a resource for members of the Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Incorporated to facilitate their assignments in support of Corporation projects and programs.
Suggestions for modifications or additions should be forwarded to the Secretary of the Board of Directors.
Updated October, 2014
1. The business of the ACL (MB) Inc. will be enacted by the Committees noted in the By-laws. To assist the conduct of programs other Committees of the Board may be formed from time to time. These Committees of the Board will exist for a specific purpose and may be terminated at the conclusion of the purpose.
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1. It is recognized that the Officers, Directors, Advisory Board members and Sponsoring Committee Chairpersons of the Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Inc. may be required to:
2. This policy is applicable to a member who is conducting the day to day business of the Corporation within the Province of Manitoba. All Officers, Directors, Advisory Board members and Squadron Sponsoring Committee Chairpersons will be eligible to receive:
3. The rates set by the Executive Committee will normally equal the current mileage and per diem rates set by the Government of Canada. Compensation will be in the form of a Charitable Donations Tax Receipt in the value of the expenses claimed.
4. The following procedures will be utilized for claiming expenses:
Correspondence will normally utilize the Corporation's letterhead which is available in the MS Word format.
Correspondence may be signed by the drafter over that individual's position in the Corporation. However, any correspondence of a negative nature will be personally signed by the Chairperson of the Corporation.
There is no set format for Corporation correspondence.
It is the policy of the Air Cadet League of Canada that all persons on its Squadron Sponsoring Committees (SSCs), its Provincial Committees (PCs) and its members at the National Level, and all other non DND persons, volunteer or otherwise, who work with, or could come into contact with Air Cadets under the auspices of the Air Cadet League of Canada shall be screened and registered successfully in accordance with Air Cadet League procedure. This policy includes the following requirements:
1. Supervision of cadets is, at all times, the responsibility of the Squadron Commanding Officer.
2. All volunteers assisting with instruction and/or supervision of cadets are required to comply with military screening and registration guidelines as outlined in CATO 23.07 (Civilian Volunteers in Support of Cadet Duty), and other military regulations and guidelines as may be approved.
3. Persons who are invited to support air cadet activities by reason of being a guest trainer, public speaker or any other similar person not in the Air Cadet Movement, need not be screened and registered, but the Air Cadets in their presence shall be strictly supervised in accordance with military regulations.
4. The Air Cadet League, in conjunction with its various provincial committees, is authorized to conduct random audits of squadron sponsoring committees and volunteers to ensure that all individuals are properly screened and in possession of a valid League issued identification card. It should be understood that if an individual decides not to be screened and registered in accordance with Air Cadet League Policy, he/she cannot participate in any capacity in the Air Cadet Movement.
Refer to the Screening and Registration Handbook on www.aircadetleague.com
1. In the event of an appeal the ACL (MB) Chair shall institute an Appeal Panel to hear the appeal and render a decision to uphold, modify, or overrule the previous decision (see ANNEX B).
1. The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) and the Department of National Defence (DND) are jointly responsible for the identification of Air Cadets to participate in National Summer Training Courses (NSTC). For more than fifty years the civilian and military partnership has promoted the well being of Canadian Youth through their support of a number of challenging training opportunities. The NSTC that utilize all or portions of this selection process are as follows:
The purpose of the program is to formalize the fundamental elements of the processes that are effectively employed in Manitoba to select qualified Air Cadets to participate in each of these courses. The processes were developed to meet two goals: one, to provide a consistent and fair method of selecting cadets; and two, to furnish the maximum objective scoring system to reduce or eliminate inconsistencies. Some subjectivity remains, but it is reduced to the minimum level possible while allowing some discretion for unique circumstances.
1. The program to select Air Cadets to participate in NSTC is complex and involves all levels of the ACL; national and regional, as well as, local involvement by the Canadian Forces. Despite its complexity the process is cooperative and all involved subscribe to ensuring a fair and transparent program with equal access to all qualified cadets.
1. Public Communications for the ACL (MB) Inc. is actioned through these processes:
2. An Internet Web Site is maintained as a sub-site of the National Web Site. The Manitoba Site will provide information in three categories; information for League members; information for Manitoba Air Cadets; and information for the general public.
3. A Newsletter will be published three times each year and will include topical information relevant to the Manitoba Air Cadet Program.
4. Media Releases will be developed from time to time to bring information about the Manitoba Air Cadet Program to the attention of interested members of the community.
1. Guidelines for public relations and dealing with the media are offered in the Air Cadet League Public Relations Handbook available on the Air Cadet League of Canada web site. As well as, from the Region Cadet Support Unit (Northwest) Media Relations Handbook available on the RCSU (NW) web site.
2. The role of Public Relations has three basic responsibilities, these are:
3. The latter of these responsibilities, particularly in the event of a crisis, can require pre-planning and organization. Communication efforts can initially be expected to be intense. Therefore, it is recommended that a procedure be set up between the Commanding Officer and the SSC Chair to ensure an appropriate and joint response mechanism is available in the event of a serious accident or fatality. A team approach will share the workload that will be required in the early phase of a crisis. In particular, one spokesperson should be agreed upon to deal with the media and update them regularly. Others can serve as supporters to assist in collecting and logging information. If the incident happened during an authorized cadet activity, the CF will become the leading agency and will conduct an investigation of the incident.
4. The Commanding Officer has a required check list of actions s/he must action to the designated DND offices. To ensure the ACL has the necessary information to complete their required responses, the SSC Chair must also complete the following:
Remember, there should be only one spokesperson for the squadron. All members should be cautioned NOT to assume that role should they be approached by the media.
1. Badges, mottos and names have become essential parts of the identifying accoutrements for any large group of people who must be broken up into smaller groups, such as an Air Cadet Squadron; they are the organization's identifiers and rallying symbols. Prior to the year 2000 all Air Cadet Badges, mottos and names were approved by NDHQ Ceremonial with no cost accruing to the individual squadrons. Due to the reorganization and down sizing of the NDHQ, cadet badges are now approved by the individual Leagues. This involves the graphic development of the badge and sanctioning the motto and name. The design is handled by contract managed by the National Office of the League and the cost of this service is charged to the squadron.
2. The cost of developing a squadron badge can be several hundred dollars thus badges should be limited to simple designs and a limited number of colours. The Provincial Committee has set in place a program to assist squadrons in covering the costs of badges by allocating a fund of up to $1000 each year. Priority will be given to those squadrons that do not have a badge, then to those who wish to modify their present badge.
3. When a squadron wishes to apply for a new squadron badge or a change to a squadron motto or name, the squadron will submit a sketched copy of the proposed-design, using the badge frame in Annex D, to the Provincial Office who will then seek approval from the ACL for the proposed-design. This process is necessary to confirm that the proposed-design is suitable and has not been previously allocated for another squadron. The National League Office will advise the Provincial Office when they accept the design proposal and a copy of the final artistic rendering will be forwarded to the squadron for their approval. When the squadron sanctions the depiction of the badge, it will be returned to the National League Office for formal endorsement.
4. The squadron badge is an important symbol which provides a unique emblem for each Air Cadet squadron. All units are encouraged to develop an appropriate design representing their association to their community, squadron's history or sponsor.
1.In keeping with the principles and practices of the Harassment and Abuse Prevention Policy, such allegations are to be handled following these recommended procedures. For convenience of this procedure, the term "Complainant"' is used to refer to the person who experiences harassment, even though not all persons who experience harassment will make a formal complaint. The term "Respondent" is used to refer to the person against whom a complaint is made.
1. This procedure does not prevent an appropriate person having authority from taking immediate, informal, corrective disciplinary action in response to behaviour that, in their view, constitutes a minor incident of harassment.
1. A person who experiences harassment is encouraged to make it known to the harasser that the behaviour is unwelcome, offensive and contrary to the policies of the ACL (MB).
2. If confronting the harasser is not possible, or if after confronting the harasser the harassment continues, the Complainant should request a meeting with an Official of the ACL (MB). For the purposes of this Policy, an "Official" is any ACL (MB) Liaison Member, Board Member or other individual occupying a position of authority within the ACL (MB).
3. Once contacted by a Complainant the role of the Official is to serve in a neutral, unbiased capacity in receiving the complaint and assisting in its informal resolution. If the Official considers that he or she is unable to act in this capacity, the Complainant will be referred to another suitable ACL (MB) Official.
4. Where a person believes that a director, officer, employee, volunteer or member of the ACL (MB) has experienced or is experiencing harassment and reports this belief to an Official, the Official will meet with the person said to have experienced harassment and proceed in accordance with these procedures.
5. Where an Official believes there is sufficient evidence to warrant laying a formal complaint but the Complainant does not wish to do so, the Official may lay a formal complaint and proceed in accordance with these procedures.
1. The ACL (MB) recognizes the sensitive nature of harassment matters and in particular, the difficulties associated with coming forward with a complaint of harassment and with being accused of harassment. The ACL (MB) recognizes the interests of both the Complainant and the Respondent in keeping any matter being dealt with confidential, except where disclosure is required by a disciplinary proceeding or by-law.
1. There are three possible outcomes to a meeting of Complainant and Official:
2. Ideally, the Investigator should be a person experienced in harassment matters and investigation techniques. The Investigator shall gather facts surrounding the incident by speaking directly with the complainant and the person against whom the complaint is made (the "respondent"), and any witnesses who, in the opinion of the Investigator, might have relevant facts or observations about the incident. The respondent shall also be given the opportunity to provide a written statement to the Investigator.
3. The Investigator will carry out the investigation in a timely manner and at the conclusion of the investigation will submit a written report to the Executive Committee which will include a recommendation that:
4. The Executive Committee may determine that the alleged conduct is of such seriousness as to warrant suspension of the individual pending the hearing and decision of the Panel.
5. Within 10 business days of receiving the written report of the Investigator that recommends that there be a hearing, the Executive Committee will appoint three individuals to serve as a Panel. The Panel shall consist of at least one male and one female.
6. At the discretion of the Executive Committee, the investigation may be waived and a Panel appointed within 10 business days of receipt of a formal complaint.
1. The Panel will hold the hearing as soon as possible, but not more than 15 business days after the Panel have been appointed.
2. The Panel will govern the hearing as it deems appropriate in the circumstances, provided that:
3. In order to keep costs to a reasonable level the Panel may conduct the hearing by means of a telephone conference.
1. As soon as possible but in any event within 10 business days of the conclusion of the hearing, the Panel will provide its recommendations to the Executive Committee with a copy provided to both the Complainant and Respondent. The decision will contain:
2. If the Panel determines that the allegations of harassment are false, vexatious, retaliatory or frivolous, its report may recommend that there be disciplinary sanctions against the Complainant.
3. Unless the Executive decides otherwise, any disciplinary sanctions applied shall take effect immediately.
4. Both the Complainant and Respondent shall have the right to appeal the decision and recommendations of the Executive Committee.
1. When recommending appropriate disciplinary action, the Panel shall consider factors such as:
2. In recommending disciplinary sanctions, the Panel may consider the following options, singly or in combination, depending on the nature and severity of the harassment:
1. The Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Inc. recognizes the members and groups of members who contribute to the ongoing goals of the Manitoba Air Cadet Program. The honours and awards are grouped into four categories: Individual awards; Squadron awards; Individual cadet awards; and Air Cadet Competition awards.
1. Individual member awards are in recognition of individuals who provide outstanding service for the betterment of the air cadet program:
1. Squadron awards are in recognition of organizations who provide outstanding service for the betterment of the air cadet program:
Individual cadet awards are in recognition of cadets who excell on various training programs:
Air Cadet Competition Awards are in recognition of those squadrons or groups of cadets who are determined to be the winners of the noted competitions:
The Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Incorporated, honorary Air Marshall Award is limited to an individual who in the opinion of the selection committee, is viewed as an exemplary role model for Manitoba's youth.
The award will consist of a suitable certificate with the following citation:
"In recognition of exceptional personal achievement by an individual whose accomplishments have the motivational and inspirational value to serve as a positive role model for the youth of Manitoba"
The award is granted without regard to age, sex or nationality. The award need not be given each year.
Members with suitable qualifications may be nominated to the Honours and Awards Committee no later than 1 August of each year. Nominations, in letter format, must be signed by at least two members of the Provincial Committee and should include a narrative outlining the nominee's contribution.
The Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Incorporated, Distinguished Service Award is limited to individuals who have been members of the Air Cadet League of Canada for at least ten years and who have had, in the opinion of the selection committee, a significant and continued impact on the advancement of the Air Cadet Program through development, instruction, service or a combination of the three over an extended period of time.
The award will consist of a certificate with the citation specified by the selection committee and approved by the ACL (MB) Executive Committee.
The award is granted without regard to age, sex or nationality. The award need not be given each year.
Members with suitable qualifications may be nominated to the Honours and Awards Committee no later than 1 August of each year. Nominations, in letter format, must be signed by at least two members of the Provincial Committee and should include a narrative outlining the nominee's contribution. A nomination for the distinguished service award that is not awarded will remain for 3 years.
The Meritorious Service Award recognizes outstanding meritorious service to the Manitoba Air Cadet Program by a Cadet Instructor Cadre Officer.
The award presented as a special plaque, is given:
"IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE TO THE MANITOBA AIR CADET PROGRAM"
Any member of the Cadet Instructor Cadre, who has contributed to the Manitoba Air Cadet Program, whose activities are exceptional because of the member's dedication performance and length of continuous service, is eligible for the award.
Members with suitable qualifications may be nominated to the Honours and Awards Committee no later than 1 August of each year. Nominations, in letter format, must be signed by at least two members of the Provincial Committee and should include a narrative outlining the nominee's contribution. A nomination for the meritorious service award that is not awarded will remain for 3 years.
The award is presented annually. Presentation may be withheld if the Honours and Awards Committee determines that no suitable candidate has been nominated. The award can be presented to a recipient only once in a lifetime.
Ideally the award will be presented at the Provincial Annual General Meeting. Should the recipient not attend the meeting, a member of the Provincial Board of Directors will present the award at an appropriate special event at the local Squadron level.
Air Cadets interested in or seeking Scholarships or Bursaries for post-secondary education should investigate the financial support available at the institutions of education that are being considered in their future plans. High school students should consult with their School Counsellor to determine what support may be available to them. While students who have graduated from high school or are currently enrolled in post-secondary studies should contact the post-secondary institution's Financial Aid and Awards office, or obtain an awards handbook from that institution, for information on the scholarships and bursaries available. Other scholarships are generally publicized through the sponsoring groups or organizations. For example, music awards are offered at festivals and competitions, and professional awards are offered through industry associations.
The Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Inc. is pleased to offer several Scholarships and Bursaries each year for students that are active members or have aged out of a Manitoba Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets during the Training Year of application. These applicants may be nominated for the award by their Squadron Sponsoring Committee. All applicants will be considered for all the Manitoba Air Cadet awards for which they are eligible.
Awards that are available from the Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Inc. are arranged in three groups:
The Murphy Family Foundation awards are available to students that are members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and members of a Manitoba Air Cadet Squadron during the year of application. Applicants must be graduates of a Secondary School (or equivalent) system of any Province or Territory and who are entering directly nto a full program of studies or are undertaking a full program at a fully-accredited post-secondary education facility (university, college or technical institute) where the program to be undertaken leads to a degree, diploma, or professional or technical qualification;
The Lieutenant-General MacKenzie Bursary, the Manitoba Air Cadet Post-Secondary Education Scholarships and the Professor Greg Lindahl Bursary are available to students that are members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and members of a Manitoba Air Cadet Squadron whose Squadron Sponsoring Committee is in good standing during the year of application. Applicants must be graduates of a Secondary School (or equivalent) system of any Province or Territory and who are entering directly into a full program of studies or are undertaking a full program at a fully-accredited post- secondary education facility (university, college or technical institute) where the program to be undertaken leads to a degree, diploma, or professional or technical qualification; and
Manitoba Squadron Leadership and Community Service Bursaries are available to students that are members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and members of a Manitoba Air Cadet Squadron whose Squadron Sponsoring Committee is in good standing during the year of application.
Applications for these awards, utilizing the format of 2017 Post Secondary Scholarship Awards Application Form, and must be received by the Provincial Office of the Air Cadet League Of Canada (Manitoba) Inc., Suite 153, P.O. Box 17,000 STN FORCES, Winnipeg, MB, R3J 3Y5, no later than June 30, 2015.
Information to be provided:
*(Not required for Leadership and Community Bursaries)
Criteria to be considered:
*(Not required for Leadership and Community Bursaries)
A selection board, comprised of members of the Manitoba Honours and Awards Committee, has been appointed to consider all eligible candidates. The Chairperson of the Honours and Awards Committee will declare the name of the recipient of the award, and a cheque will be presented to the recipient when all requirements have been satisfied. Following selection, the recipient may be requested to provide a photograph or digital image (in uniform) for purposes of publicity.
An award will not be finally approved until confirmation of proof of acceptance and registration at the selected post-secondary education facility has been received. In this regard, it should be noted that such proof is not required at the time of application, but that it will be required from the selected recipients as soon as possible after that determination has been made.
Note: The Honours and Awards Committee reserves the right to withhold the award if the academic standing of candidates is not sufficiently high when applicable.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES AVAILABLE TO MANITOBA AIR CADETS
The Lieutenant-General G. Allan MacKenzie Bursary award has been graciously funded by the Lieutenant- General G. Allan MacKenzie Estate.
Lieutenant-General MacKenzie held the position of Honorary-Chairman of the Manitoba Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada from 2010 until his death in September of 2012.
The bursary is awarded on the basis of Secondary School or present institution scholastic achievement, combined with outstanding performance as an Air Cadet. The amount of the award will be determined annually and in 2017 the award will be $5,000.00.
Five post-secondary education scholarships, graciously funded by the Murphy Family Foundation, are available.
The scholarships are awarded on the basis of Secondary School or present institution scholastic achievement, combined with outstanding performance as an Air Cadet. Each applicant will be considered for all awards, but a recipient may receive only one award. In 2017 each award will be $2,500.00.
Two post-secondary education scholarship awards are available and named in honour of two prominent Manitobans whose contributions to Canada are exemplary, they are:
The scholarships are awarded on the basis of Secondary School or present institution scholastic achievement, combined with outstanding performance as an Air Cadet. The amount of the award will be determined annually. Each applicant will be considered for all awards, but a recipient may receive only one award. In 2017 each award will be $1,000.00.
The bursary will be awarded to a qualified Manitoba Air Cadet to study music in a bachelor level program at Brandon University or the University of Manitoba. The amount of the award will be determined annually. In 2017 the award will be $500.00.
Greg Lindahl graduated from 6 Jim Whitecross RCACS with his Glider Pilot Wings. He served as an Instructor at several squadrons and summer training locations as well as universities and colleges throughout North America. He also was a Director of the Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Inc. until his death on March 28, 2014
There are five awards named in honour of five former cadets whose lifetime achievements are of the highest order. The amount of the award will be determined annually. Each applicant will be considered for all awards, but a recipient may receive only one award. In 2017 each award will be $500.00.
The bursaries are:
1. The following are subjects that Sponsor Relation Committee (SRC) members should discuss with their Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) members.
As a matter of legal principle and sound governance practice, every membership process should have an appeal procedure available to applicants who are declined. In the absence of such a procedure, the unsuccessful candidate's recourse would be to the courts.
Appeal procedures must be governed by the principles of natural justice; the most important are the right to notice of all steps in the procedure, to be aware of the reasons for the decision, to be privy to any evidence offered against their acceptance, and to have the opportunity to respond. The process must be fair and open, and free from bias on the part administrators involved in original decision, as well as those paticipating in the appeal.
Accordingly, the following procedures will apply should an applicant who has been declined appeal the decision: