H.H. Pope Tawadros II has graciously approved a time plan to run an election process for a new common board for both St. Mark Cathedral and Church. The plan is in conformance with the Churches’ Boards Bylaw published by the Holy Synod. The original plan was set to start on August 21, 2016 and be concluded by a voting session held after the Divine Liturgy on October 16, 2016. In order to have one of our fathers the bishops supervise the voting process, H.H. the Pope asked that the Voting Session be moved to October 2, 2016 (two weeks ahead of the original date) while H.E. Anba Tadros will be in Toronto. H.E. Anba Tadros will celebrate the liturgy at St. Mark Cathedral on that day and attend the Voting Session. Votes count will be sent to H.H. the Pope for final decision on the new board formation.
Following the guidelines of the Church Boards’ Bylaw and as per the plan approved by H.H. the Pope, the 2016 Board Election Plan is facilitated by the following two committees.
+ Nomination Committee: Headed by Fr. Ammonius Guirguis
+ Voters Assembly Committee: Headed by Fr. Misael Ataalla
Members of these two committees, their functions and the deadlines they should meet are shown in the plan posted below.
The Voters Assembly Committee has prepared a comprehensive list of all eligible voters as per the guidelines of the bylaw published by the Holy Synod. Although the new bylaw requires the Voting Assembly be comprised mainly of those who serve or work in the church, all our acting parishioners will have a chance to vote in the 2016 board election. There will be two types of the voting ballot; one for those listed on the Voters Assembly List (church servants and workers) and another for the rest of the congregation. Votes count of both ballot types will be reported to H.H. the Pope.
As per the posted Election Plan, members of our congregation may nominate members for the new board effective Sept 4 and until Sept 16, 2016. Any seven of our parishioners may nominate a member they see fit for the board by filling out and signing a Nomination Form that is available with the ushers or it can be downloaded from this site. Parishioners may also receive the form via email by requesting it from the Church Secretary. Our parishioners are kindly asked to see that the nominees meet the criteria set by the Churches’ Boards Bylaw that is also posted on our bulletin boards and linked on this site.
A group of seven parishioners may nominate more than one member for the board by using several Nomination Forms. One should take into consideration that among the members of the new board there will be:
+ a youth representative whose age is 24 – 29 years
+ a female representing church women
As per the plan approved by H.H. the Pope, the new board will consist of 11 members as follows:
+ Seven elected members
+ Three members appointed by H.H. the Pope
+ The Ecclesiastical Education/Sunday School Superintendent (an ex officio member)
Should parishioners have any questions regarding the nomination procedure or the election in general, they may consult with any of the of the Nomination Committee members.