Report: CFFN General Members’ Meeting

Ottawa, Canada: A meeting of CFFN members was held on Sat, January 27, 2007, in Ottawa. CFFN executives briefed about the By-laws , programs and directions envisaged by the current executive committee to more than 25 participants, who had come with very profound and thoughtful ideas on how CFFN could continue to remain relevant, dynamic and significant. In the end, a set of recommendations were thought out in which the gathering was able to develop a general consensus.

The executives elaborated the By-laws, board composition, election process, meeting procedures, and the processes the current executive went through when registering the organization to Industry Canada. They also gave an account of experiences drawn in opening and operating a school for Tibetan orphans under the leadership of a renowned monk. The main point highlighted in this were that the educational endeavors taken by the project were holistic in a sense that it did not just looked after delivering education to the children but it encompassed an harmony with the environment, needs of surrounding communities, physical and emotional wellbeing of children, and lastly but importantly the functional education for the children.

Executive board also presented an idea of an educational project that they had thought for some time. A view was presented that Nepal can gain the most by strengthening its education sector. If there was a way by which CFFN can help Nepal in this endeavor by capitalizing on the power of influence that its membership can exert to credible organizations who have gained success in this sector, such help would be highly meaningful.

Once the floor was open for discussion, the most attention was drawn by potential projects CFFN could possibly take on. Concerns were raised from the floor on whether CFFN has the financial strength and long-term sustainability for us to be successful in such project, although the concept of such project was considered laudable. The most pronounced strength of CFFN and Nepalese community was ascertained to be in its intellectual capital. At the same time, the numeric strength and relative economic wealth of the Nepalese community were considered as weak. Using its stronger assets – the intellectual capital – the organization could rather build partnership with grassroots-people, educators and students of Canada through organizations who are already working in those sectors. If we can link up the grassroots people of Nepal and Canada and catalyze such relationships to launch self sustaining and multipliable projects that would be our greatest triumph. CFFN can spend more energy on influence than in generating money. Similarly, possibility of integrating health projects with education projects was also raised.

Commitments were shown towards CFFN’s activities geared towards intellectual interactions and endeavors of making Nepal known in Canada. As far as the exploration of the new and uncharted territories is concerned, we should ponder upon all the ideas and take the concrete directions after the AGM that is to be held in May. Executive Board expressed that it is open for all the ideas. Similarly, for the educational project, it committed to do research on need-analysis from available statistical data of various parts of Nepal and presenting 2-3 areas for exploring as potential sites for establishing the pilot projects.

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