On October 30th, I had the sad duty to inform you that given the circumstances, the Board of the CCA had come to the conclusion that it had to immediately cease the operations of the Secretariat and put the organization in a state of suspended life. I can now report that we have completed all required steps to do that.
We have said farewell to our wonderful staff and interns, we have met all our legal obligations and sent key documents to the National Archives, which already held our history since the early 1940s. Thanks to a generous member organisation, our website will remain accessible, but it will of course not be updated anymore. And we have ensured that the Provincial and Territorial Budgets Analyses we were working on will see the light of day as scheduled in February 2013, thanks to an agreement with the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance.
Last Friday, we put in place a caretaker Board of Governors comprised of:
Kathleen Sharpe, President
Luc Fortin, Vice President
Arden Ryshpan, Treasurer,
Skip Kutz, Secretary
Robert Spickler, Past President
We remain convinced that the Canadian cultural sector needs an overarching organisation like the CCA and our dearest hope is that someone will rise to the challenge of reactivating it under whatever new form. Accordingly, we have committed to preserving the legal entity and charitable status in good standing until March 2014.
We take pride in the great accomplishments of this historical organization and we have done everything possible to facilitate the eventual return to its operations. We will gladly receive and consider any serious offer to do so: anyone interested should contact me directly.