NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER, 2020

NOTICE TO SYN MEMBERS – SAVE THE DATE

Please be advised that in accordance with our constitution, the Annual General Meeting of the Student Youth Network Inc. (No. A0039919B) will be held as follows:

  • Download SYN’s financial statements for 2019 – 2020 here.
  • Download SYN’s annual report for 2019 – 2020 here.

Wednesday 28th October 2020 at 6:30pm online on Zoom. CLICK HERE to register your attendance at least 24 hours before the AGM. Those members who are eligible to vote and are registered to this Zoom event will be sent an additional unique link on the evening to cast their ballot during nominations.

The annual report and audited financial statements will be presented to the members, and elections for the Board of Management will be held.

The agenda and meeting papers can be downloaded at the bottom of this page, including:

  • Annual General Meeting 2019 Minutes
  • Nomination Form for Ordinary Board Members
  • A Proxy Voting Form
  • Agenda for 2020’s General Meeting
  • SYN’s Audited Finances for 19-20
  • SYN’s Annual Report for 19-20

If you have queries or specific topics of interest you’d like to discuss, please email General Manager, Evrim Şen, via gm[at]syn.org.au latest one week prior to the AGM, by the 21st of October 2020.

The 2019-20 annual report and reviewed financial statements will be published before the meeting date and made available to download at the bottom of this page.

SYN BOARD ELECTION – NOMINATIONS

Three ordinary board positions are open for election onto the SYN Board of Management at the 2020 Annual General Meeting.

Affirmative action will be given to a current RMIT student for an ordinary member position.

In accordance with SYN’s Constitution two ordinary board members elected at the 2020 AGM must be filled by individuals under 26 years of age on the date of the 2020 Annual General Meeting. Affirmative action will be taken by the SYN Board of Management to achieve compliance with these rules if required.

To be eligible to nominate you must be a paid SYN member, signed up at least 24 hours before the AGM. If you are not a SYN volunteer or contributor but wish to nominate, please sign up as a member via the form below and send it along with your nomination form.

The nomination form can be downloaded below. Nomination forms are due one week before the AGM, all nominations must be received by 6pm on Wednesday the 21st of October 2020.

If you have any further questions regarding Board nominations please contact President Eleanor Doran via [email protected].

SYN BOARD ELECTION – VOTING

Proxy votes can be allocated (as per the proxy form) to any member attending the AGM, with the following guidelines:

  1. Proxy votes must be submitted 24 hours prior to the AGM; by Tuesday 27 October, 6pm. Forms can be downloaded below and submitted to General Manager, Evrim Şen, via gm[at]syn.org.au;
  2. No more than three proxy votes can be allocated to any one person;

To be eligible to vote at the 2020 AGM, based off our constitution, you must be a current paid member and have:

  • Been a SYN Member for at least 3 months prior to the date (registered and paid for the first time by the 28th of July 2020)
  • Have not had your unpaid membership lapse for longer than 12 months (the due date for your renewal fee must not be older than the 28th of October 2019)
  • Out-of-date SYN memberships that meet these criteria to vote must be renewed at least 24 hours prior to the AGM. If you need to renew your SYN membership please head to members.syn.org.au.

Select ‘Register’ to proceed with updating your info and sending through your payment. Please register using the email address you originally signed up to SYN with, which can be updated once you’re logged into SYN’s Members Portal platform.

FURTHER READING

  • Download SYN’s financial statements for 2019 – 2020 here.
  • Download SYN’s annual report for 2019 – 2020 here.
  • Check our SYN’s Current Strategic Plan for 20-21 here.
  • Read last year’s annual report and financials here for 2018 – 2019.

NOMINEES FOR THE SYN BOARD

Nicolas Zoumboulis – Nominated for ordinary board member

I’ve been a dedicated and highly involved member of the SYN community for almost three years and in that time, I’ve been given many valuable opportunities to grow and prosper, most recently as a member of the 2019 Leadership Team. I want to join the SYN board and give back to the organisation which has given me so very much.

I have a proven track record in cultivating and managing relationships with SYN’s external partners in the government and community sector. I have represented SYN at the Victorian Government Youth Summit and CIC’s leading annual conference for community sector workers. As a reporter and co-executive producer of Panorama, I represented SYN when I regularly dealt with Victorian State Government leaders and helped maintain those vital relationships.

As a board member, I will make it a priority to restart SYN’s first phase of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP was first noted on the 2016–2018 SYN Action Plan, however since that time it has lost momentum. SYN stands for equity and equality, and I believe to truly embody these values SYN must be fully invested in the reconciliation journey. I would ensure the RAP becomes a top-down organisational priority and we move forward on this important journey. SYN is a leader in the media industry for many reasons, and I think we can be a leader here too and help make positive change. As a board member I’ll enact a long-term strategy to ensure we consistently make progress on the road to reconciliation, and significantly increase Indigenous representation on-air.

This role requires a high level of commitment, and I’ve consistently shown the SYN community I am invested in its success. Considering this, I hope you will give me the opportunity to continue contributing to this incredible organisation’s bright future.

Grace McKinnon Leyton – Nominated for ordinary board member

Grace joined the SYN board in July 2018 after being a highly committed on-air volunteer since 2015 and executive producer of SYN’s news and current affairs program Panorama.

Grace was first prompted to join the board after attending SYN Camp in early 2018, before then she had no idea what governance meant or the role of managing a non-for-profit. Soon after joining the board Grace became Secretary and later elected as Vice-president in January 2020.  She has learnt the ropes of what good governance is and is looking forward to best helping SYN in her role.

“I wouldn’t be working in Melbourne as a journalist without the skills SYN has taught me. Empowering youth through media and giving them a voice on air is something I will always advocate for.”

Evrim

October 1st 2020
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