Thinking of running for General Council?

Nominations for the 2017/18 General Council are open from Monday July 10, 2017 at 1000 hrs until they close on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 1000 hrs.  Elections will follow, starting Monday July 24, 2017.

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, Sept.11th. Don’t forget to book time off from your rotation if you are elected. The General Council meeting schedule for 2017-18 can be found here.

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.

2017/18 General Council Meeting Dates

Board & GC Full Meetings in Toronto
Monday September 11th, 2017
Friday December 1st, 2017
Friday March 23rd, 2018
Friday June 15th, 2018

Local GC Site Meetings

Thursday August 31st, 2017 @6pm
Thursday October 12, 2017 @ 3pm
Thursday November 16, 2017 @6pm
Thursday January 18, 2018 @ 3pm
Thursday March 15, 2018 @6pm
Thursday April 12, 2018 @ 3pm
Thursday May 31, 2018 @6pm

Tuesday August 29th, 2017 @6pm
Tuesday October 17, 2017 @ 3pm
Tuesday November 14, 2017 @6pm
Tuesday January 23, 2018 @ 3pm
Tuesday March 20, 2018 @6pm
Monday April 23rd, 2018 @ 12pm – with PARO Board
Tuesday June 5, 2018 @6pm

Thursday August 31st, 2017 @6pm
Monday October 16, 2017 @ 12pm – with PARO Board
Tuesday November 21, 2017 @6pm
Tuesday January 16, 2018 @ 3pm
Tuesday March 13, 2018 @6pm
Tuesday April 10, 2018 @ 3pm
Tuesday May 29, 2018 @6pm

Wednesday August 30th, 2017 @6pm
Wednesday October 11, 2017 @ 3pm
Wednesday November 22, 2017 @6pm
Wednesday January 17, 2018 @ 3pm
Wednesday March 14, 2018 @6pm
Wednesday April 11, 2018 @ 3pm
Wednesday May 30, 2018 @6pm

Monday August 28th, 2017 @6pm
Wednesday October 18, 2017 @ 3pm
Monday November 20, 2017 @6pm
Monday January 15, 2018 @ 12 pm – with PARO Board
Monday March 12, 2018 @6pm
Monday April 9, 2018 @ 3pm
Monday May 28, 2018 @6pm

Wednesday August 30th, 2017 @6pm
Thursday October 12, 2017 @ 3pm
Thursday November 16, 2017 @6pm
Thursday January 25, 2018 @ 3pm
Thursday March 15, 2018 @6pm
Thursday April 19, 2018 @ 3pm
Thursday June 7, 2018 @6pm