Thinking of running for General Council?

Nominations for the 2019/2020 General Council are open from Thursday July 4, 2019 at 1000 hrs until they close on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 1000 hrs.  Elections will follow, starting Tuesday July 16, 2019.

If you are elected to the PARO General Council you become a steward of the PARO brand and help challenge the status quo to push for excellence and affect change. All of PARO’s work is focused on the three pillars of our Strategic Plan: Optimal Training, Optimal Working Conditions and Optimal Transitions – into, through and out of residency.

PARO is a forward-thinking, solution-oriented outcome-focused organization. Our results are fuelled by a sense of purpose and commitment to a better future inspired by our love of medicine.

PARO has a long and proud history of making positive meaningful change in the daily lives of our members. We recognise that one of our biggest risks is the transient nature of residency and so:

We build on past success and continuously improve.

While many of our initiatives have long time frames
we are driven to make progress every year.

We believe that we are stronger and smarter together so we
develop and strengthen our teams by involving and leveraging the
skills of all team members (Staff, Board, GC, teams, partnerships).

We co-create ideas with a solutions oriented mindset and a
deep sense of accountability to represent all residents.

We model the leadership of owning our team commitments,
keeping our word, and putting PARO goals before our own.

We celebrate achievements, big and small, that propel us forward.

Represent Local Residents

As a PARO General Council Representative, you are an Ambassador of PARO and must make every effort to be visible and approachable. Your primary responsibility is to represent your fellow members, and you’re expected to bring their views and concerns to the General Council and the Board. You can do this at GC meetings as well as through other means of communication between meetings.

Contribute at General Council Meetings

You are expected to make every effort to attend and participate at all General Council meetings – both at the local site level and at the full meetings in Toronto. You should check agendas in advance for specific times and locations for each meeting. The first General Council meeting will take place in Toronto on Monday, September 9th at 12 pm. Don’t forget to book time off from your rotation if you are elected. The General Council meeting schedule for 2019-20 can be found below.

Between meetings you are required to help complete the work that your local Team prioritizes for the year under the direction of your local Site Chair.

Please note: you’ll be reimbursed for expenses related to PARO business such as travel and accommodations. As outlined in the PARO-CAHO Collective Agreement, time used for PARO business is protected and programs are required to allow residents to attend meetings as long as patient care is not compromised.

Participate on PARO Strategy Implementation Teams

PARO operates on a team-based structure. As a General Council representative, you’re expected to participate on one or more teams of interest to you. Teams may include members of the Board as well as other General Council representatives. All PARO teams include one of our experienced professional staff who provide consultation and support.

Know the Contract

You’re expected to have a thorough understanding of the PARO-CAHO Collective Agreement. You’ll be provided with orientation sessions as well as ongoing support to successfully fulfill this responsibility.

Be a Resource to Members

As a General Council representative, you will act as a liaison between PARO and the members that you represent. You are expected to disseminate important information discussed at General Council meetings to local members. This may take the form of sending emails, holding local meetings, posting on bulletin boards, and other methods as required.

Organize and Attend Local Events

You are expected to participate with your team to organize and attend local PARO events and activities, as well as other events determined locally and by the GC and Board.

Be a PARO Representative on Liaison Committee Meetings

Many committees and groups require resident representation, and your Site Chair may call on you to attend one or more meetings at your site. Some examples include committees dealing with residency education issues or local hospital issues. You should check with the PARO office in advance of a meeting to ensure that you have all the materials and information that you need. After a meeting, you’re expected to provide the Site Chair a short written report on any relevant resident issues discussed.

2019/20 General Council Meeting Dates

Board & GC Full Meetings in Toronto

Monday, September 9th, 2019 @ 12pm
Friday, November 29th, 2019 @ 3pm
Friday, March 13th, 2020 @ 3pm
Friday, June 5th, 2020 @ 3pm

Local GC Site Meetings

Thursday, August 29th, 2019 @ 5pm
Thursday, October 10th, 2019 @ 3pm
Thursday, November 14th, 2019 @ 6pm
Thursday, January 9th, 2020 @ 3pm
Thursday, February 20th, 2020 @ 6pm
Thursday, April 9th, 2020 @ 3pm
Thursday, May 14th, 2020 @ 5pm

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 @ 5pm
Tuesday, October 22nd,2019 @ 3pm
Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 @ 6pm
Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 @ 3pm
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 @ 6pm
Monday, April 6th, 2020 @ 12pm – With the PARO Board of Directors
Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 @ 5pm

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 @ 5pm
Monday, October 21st, 2019 @ 12pm – With the PARO Board of Directors
Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 @ 6pm
Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 @ 3pm
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 @ 6pm
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 @ 3pm
Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 @ 5pm

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 @ 5pm
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 @ 3pm
Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 @ 6pm
Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 @ 3pm
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 @ 6pm
Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 @ 3pm
Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 @ 5pm

Monday, August 26th, 2019 @ 5pm
Monday, October 7th, 2019 @ 3pm
Monday, November 11th, 2019 @ 6pm
Monday, January 13th, 2020 @ 12pm – With the PARO Board of Directors
Monday, February 10th, 2020 @ 6pm
Monday, April 20th, 2020 @ 3pm
Monday, May 25th, 2020 @ 5pm

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 @ 5pm
Thursday, October 24th, 2019 @ 3pm
Thursday, November 21st, 2019 @ 6pm
Thursday, January 9th, 2020 @ 3pm
Thursday, February 27th, 2020 @ 6pm
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 @ 3pm
Thursday, May 21st, 2020 @ 5pm