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To contact the Canadian Committee send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following members currently belong to the committee:
The following members have served past terms on the committee:
|Tony Leah (EX)|
|David Boys (GM)|
|Randall Thomas (EX)|
|Tony Leah (EX)|
|Bernard Gotlieb (EX)|
|Joshua Sokol (EX)|
|Joshua Sokol (EX)|
Each year two CC positions will expire on December 31. Prior to that date, there will be a nomination period for new candidates (lasting from September 1 to October 15). During that time, all Canadian NASPA members in good standing may nominate themselves or have others nominate them to run for election to the CC. The incumbents may also seek re-election.
Each year the CC election period will run from November 1 to November 30. All Canadian NASPA members in good standing may vote in this election. An online voting system will be instituted. (The CC will appoint a returning officer responsible for handling and counting ballots cast by voters who prefer to vote by paper ballot.) All votes must be received by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.
Each voter may vote for as many as two candidates on the ballot, but may only submit one ballot (either online or paper).
There is no limit to the number of candidates allowed to seek election each year. In most cases the two candidates with the highest vote totals shall be elected to three-year terms that begin on the following January 1. (Note: Because there are maximum and minimum regional requirements for the CC, a scenario might exist where candidates finishing worse than second in the election could win a spot ahead of candidates who finished with a greater total of votes. Similarly, it is also possible for a candidate to win a CC spot by acclamation in a year when other candidates need to be elected. See Structure of Canadian Committee for further details.)
If an election ends in a tie that must be broken, a runoff election will be held. Deadlines to submit votes will be announced as necessary. If the runoff election ends in a tie, a lottery or coin toss will be used to break the tie.
Any disputes about the elections process will be decided by the CC members (excluding those running for re-election).
The nomination period for the 2011 CC election began on September 1 and ran until October 15. Any Canadian NASPA member in good standing could have nominated himself/herself as a candidate or could have accepted a nomination from another Canadian NASPA member in good standing.
The following three Canadian NASPA members accepted nomnation for the 2011 CC election. They are listed below alphabetically:
1. Incumbent David Boys, whose term expires at the end of 2011, did not seek reelection.
2. Because Ontario already has two of the six CC members and, by rule, cannot have more than three members, Siri Tillekeratne (Western Canada) wins another term by acclamation because the other two nominees are both Ontarians. The other two candidates will vie for the one remaining vacant seat.
3. Mad Palazzo had originally accepted a nomination to run in the 2011 CC election, but formally withdrew from the process on October 22.
As a life-long Scrabble enthusiast and club player for nearly 25 years, I've experienced being a newcomer, a rising expert, and am now a solid intermediate player, so I relate to all levels of player. I've been committed to serving the Scrabble community since 1999 when I became co-director and treasurer of the Toronto Scrabble Club, and continue in those capacities today. As well, I served on the NSA Advisory Board from 2002 - 2008. As a transplanted American and now a proud Canadian, I know how American issues can overshadow our own, and recognize the importance of having a strong Canadian Committee. Additionally, I bring a female perspective and voice to a historically all-male committee. It would be my privilege to serve on the Canadian Committee of NASPA.
I have been a competitive Scrabble player for more than two decades. I feel I have a lot to offer to the CC and I look forward to working with those members who presently hold their positions. I would bring a firm, yet fair and youthful perspective to the committee which I believe it currently requires.
The Committee has the following items on its agenda: