AGM sets course of action for year ahead

22 people from 8 member and 4 non-member institutions attended the Annual General Meeting on 17th September. The meeting included presentations from:

  • Rob Paton, Citizens:mk Ambassador (fomer Chair) – reflections on progress of Citizens:mk
  • Ian Revell, CEO MK Community Foundation – initial findings of Vital Signs 2019 research
  • Jess Maddocks, Development Organiser for Reading Citizens – growth of new Thames Valley Citizens chapter.

Other guests included representatives of MK Welfare Association and the University of Buckingham.

11 leaders were nominated and agreed to serve on the Leadership Group in 2019-20, as follows:

  • Kurshida Mirza, Truby’s Garden Tea Room
  • Tim Norwood, MK Deanery
  • Sheila Bacon, MK Quaker Meeting
  • Linda McComie, Truby’s Garden Tea Room
  • Sharon Ghoulia, MK Green Alliance
  • Jane Whild, The Open University
  • Rukhsana Malik, MK Muslim Association
  • Hala Afify, Truby’s Garden Tea Room
  • Kirsten Jeffery, MK Green Alliance
  • David Chapman, Church of Christ the Cornerstone
  • Michael Sheppard, MK Green Alliance.

Kurshida Mirza and Tim Norwood resigned as Co-Chairs. Kurshida agreed to stand in as Co-Chair until two other members of the Group were nominated and trained to take over.

Jane Whild volunteered to represent the MK Group on Citizens UK’s national Leadership Group.

Following a presentation from Hala Afify, leader of the Fair Work campaign, the Fair Work Listening Campaign was launched with attendees agreeing to promote the new online survey within their institutions, https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QRRCS79.

Evaluation of the AGM, as an internal action, concluded a score of 8 out of 10.

David Chapman, who attended the AGM representing Church of Christ the Cornerstone, said: “It was frustrating that I was only able to stay for a short while because the mix of people present, from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of different organisations, is so inspiring. I really wanted to hear what everyone had to say. At a time of national stress and conflict, all Citizens:MK events are local oases of hope.”

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