Submitted by: MNO staff

Governance and finance training - Sudbury
The MNO Sudbury Métis Council at the Governance and Finance
training. Back row. (L-R) Daniel Boulard, Councillor; Robert Coutu,
Councillor; Richard Sarrazin, President; Heidi Elstub, Councillor; Bill
Lefebvre, Councillor; Denis Lefebvre; Councillor. Front row.
(L-R) Maurice Sarrazin, Chair; Bernadette Picco, Women’s
Representative; John Haiste, Councillor; Cecile Coutu, Senator.

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) benefits immensely from the dedicated volunteers who are members of our chartered community councils. These hard-working individuals spend hundreds of hours building and strengthening their Métis communities.

The MNO has developed a Governance and Finance course that helps community councils perform their important work. The course is delivered by Glen Lipinski and Beth Honsberger from the MNO Community Relations team.

During the weekend of February 21-22, 2015, theGovernance and finance training - TemiskamingThe MNO Temiskaming Métis Council at the Governance and
Finance training. Back row. (L-R) Michel Dupuis, Liliane Ethier,
President; Tina Nichol, Secretary/Treasurer. Front row. (L-R) Karen
Beland, Councillor; Tyler Twarowski , Lorette McKnight.
course was offered to the MNO Sudbury Métis Council. The following weekend, on February 28-March 1, 2015, the course was offered to the MNO Temiskaming Métis Council. In the past, courses have been available in Atikokan, Credit River, Georgian Bay, Grand River, Milton, Niagara, North Bay, Ottawa, Peterborough, Toronto, and Windsor.

The course is a two-day seminar, usually on weekends, in a hotel or meeting hall in each council’s community. The program explains the role of community councils as the MNO’s local governments, whose structure and purpose is coordinated through each council’s charter agreement with the MNO. The course covers everything from how to run effective meetings and engage citizens in council activities to budgeting and the various financial practices, regulations and legislation that community councils follow.