This Policy and Procedures document outlines the duties and responsibilities of the AAC Junior Handler Committee.
Composition of the AAC Junior Committee:
The members of this Committee shall be nominated by AAC members in good standing, and approved by the AAC Board of Directors. Ideally, the Junior Handler Committee shall be composed of members from every AAC region, and a Chairperson.
The Committee shall elect its own chair, unless otherwise directed by the Board. The Chair shall be responsible for ensuring that the Committee fulfills its stated function in a timely manner. The Chair shall have a tie-breaking vote only.
The Committee shall also have a Board Liaison, who may participate in Committee discussions and activities as would any other member, but will not have a vote. The Board Liaison shall be a member of the current Board of Directors. During the start-up phase of the committee, and/or during periods of transition, the Board Liaison shall be responsible for identifying and connecting interested parties with the Committee, and for helping to define the Committee structure and function. If needed, the Board Liaison may temporarily assume the function of Committee Chair until such time as a (new) Chair is elected, but may not assume that position permanently.
The Board Liaison shall be responsible for communications to and from the Board of Directors, and shall help the Chair, if needed, to ensure that Committee discussions and activities are carried out in a timely manner.
To be considered for the Junior Handler Committee, the candidate must:
Experience in data collection and analysis would be an asset. Experience as a health care provider (veterinarian or other) would be an asset.
The duties and responsibilities of the Junior Handler Committee are as follows:
The Chair shall be responsible for providing the AAC Board of Directors with regular (quarterly, unless otherwise directed) reports on Committee activities. This report should include a list of topics or questions brought to the Committee, any deliberations or actions taken by the Committee, any recommendations made by the Committee to the Board of Directors, and any pending business. The form of this report should be suitable for publication in On Course, and should be produced in time to meet the published On Course deadlines.
The priority of each topic for discussion shall be set by the Chair of the Membership Committee, unless otherwise directed by the Board of Directors.
Terms of Service
The term for members of this Standing Committee shall be two (2) years. In the first year of existence, half of the committee shall serve a three year term. Thereafter, every memberís term shall be a two (2) year term. A Committee member may reapply at the end of their term.
Any Committee member may be removed by the Board of Directors for cause, or by Consent Resolution of the Committee members themselves.
Consent Resolution: Should the majority of the Committee feel that one (or more) of their number is acting against the stated purpose of the Committee, or is behaving in a fashion inconsistent with the smooth functioning of the committee, and the committee is unable to resolve these conflicts internally, they may apply to the AAC Administrator for a Consent Resolution, which must be signed by at least 75% of the Committee members, and returned to the Administrator, who shall then pass the matter to the Board of Directors for formal action.