John Dunn's letter to Ottawa CAS's Executive Director regarding membership
From: John Dunn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: February 13, 2009 12:02:55 PM
To: Barbara Mackinnon (email@example.com)
Cc: Irwin Elman (firstname.lastname@example.org); Horwath - QP, Andrea (email@example.com); firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com); Julia Munro (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The last time I called and talked to the Society for the purpose of asking for a meeting with you so that I could learn what the reasons were for my individual membership application being denied, and to find out what I can do to improve my chances of having my membership application approved, I was told by your receptionist at the time that you had no further information to discuss regarding this at that time.
As you are aware, I have never been provided answers explaining why the Society thinks I have acted in ways which do not demonstrate a genuine interest in the objectives of the Society, other than for them to have written that it is their belief that I have.
Now, several years later, I would like to ask of you once again, and especially since you have met me several times in person and I have never demonstrated any reason for you to be fearful of me in any way, whether yourself, and any members of the Board of Directors, especially those on the Membership Committee such as Tracy Engleking, and Brian McKee would meet with me, for the purpose of discussing whether or not the Society would accept a membership application from me, and if not, for how long, and what the Society's reasons are for not accepting a membership application from me, so that I can then know what I can do to work toward being accepted as a member of the Society in the near future.
Currently, I meet all of the eligibility criteria for membership with the Society, as I am over the age of 18, I live in the Society's jurisdiction, and I have repeatedly, actively, and publicly demonstrated a genuine interest in the objectives of the Society which as I understand them to be are as follows:
1) protecting the children and youth of our community from all forms or abuse and neglect.
2) working to keep them safe and secure, both within their families and the communities in which they live
3) helping raise awareness of the important work undertaken by the Society
4) promoting the notion that the well-being of children and youth is the responsibility of the whole community
Please respond and let me know if I can meet to discuss this matter.
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