Ladybug Pride

ALLIED

RAINBOW

COMMUNITIES

2022

ANNUAL

GENERAL

MEETING

Wednesday 23 February 2022

Time: 18:30hrs - 20:30hrs
Venue: The Meeting Place, Marsa / via Google Meet

Dear Members & Friends,

 

We would like to invite you to attend and be part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Allied Rainbow Communities taking place on Wednesday 23rd February 2022. The AGM will be held in a hybrid format. Members wishing to attend physically are requested to inform us by email on info@arc.org.mt; alternatively a Google Meet link will be sent to all paid up members. 

We would like you to Belong and be a part of ARC. As a member you can be part of the Growth of the organisation and Contribute by voting for the goals, projects and future decisions ARC is planning to undertake as part of its mission.

 

Only paid-up members are eligible to contest and vote for a position on the arc executive committee.

To check if your membership is paid, please check your virtual membership card via CARDSKIPPER app or get in touch with our memberships director Michael Salone on memberships@arc.org.mt. You may renew your membership here
 

Board Positions

 

  • In line with the Statute, a maximum of 9 candidate members will form part of the Executive Committee.

  • Each paid-up member will be emailed a digital secret ballot to vote for their 9 preferred candidates.

  • Voting will be open between Thursday 17th February at 00.00 hrs until Wednesday 23rd February 12pm. Results will be announced at the AGM. 

  • The member gaining the most 1st preference votes will be given the right of first refusal for the position of president, or else they may nominate someone else from the elected board. 

  • The member gaining the 2nd most 1st preference votes will be given the right of first refusal for the position of deputy president, or else they may nominate someone else from the elected board.

  • All other positions will be decided by the elected board. 

 

The more diverse our executive board is, the better we can represent our different communities and realities. 

 

Expression of interest to contest for the executive committee can be effected by filling in the candidacy form online. Nomination sheets must be received by noon Wednesday 16th February, 2022.


 

Motions or amendments to the Statute for the consideration of the AGM.

 

As a paid-up member you also have the right to put forward motions (with a view to influencing the direction that the organisation is to take and to mandate the Committee to take appropriate action) as well as to submit amendments to the Statute and which is available upon request). Deadlines for submitting motions or amendments is by noon of Wednesday 16th February, 2022. 

 

The Agenda for the AGM can be found here.

 

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
 

Regards,

Clayton Mercieca

Community Manager & Coordinator

M: +356 99272999

info@arc.org.mt 

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AGM AGENDA

Time: 18:30hrs - 20:30hrs
Venue: The Meeting Place, Marsa / Online via Google Meet

  1. Appointment of AGM Chairperson & Secretary 

  2. Presentation and Approval of Annual Report 2021 

  3. Presentation of arc work plan 2022

  4. Nomination and presentation of the candidates for the new Executive Committee

  5. Election of the candidates for the Posts (if applicable) 

  6. Appointment of Reviewer of Accounts 

  7. Appointment of Lawyer 

  8. Motions presented by the Committee or other arc members

 
 

Candidates for the Executive Team

Francesca Vella

Francesca Vella

She/Her

My experience as a member of the ARC committee over the last two years gives me the motivation to continue working within the organisation and serving the LGBTIQ+ community.

I have long been involved in voluntary organisations and I have worked in the field of media and PR throughout my professional life.

Some of the skills and experience that I bring to the organisation include writing, working in the field of social media, public relations, marketing and organisation of events.

I look forward to continue taking the LGBTIQ+ community in Malta from strength to strength, empowering everyone to be their true selves and to express themselves freely in society.

Nicholas Bugeja

Nicholas Bugeja

He/Him

I am one of the co founders of arc and the only one remaining on the board.

It has a been a a beautiful journey so far, where although we met struggles, as arc we worked hard together with other NGOs to achieve better LGBTIQ rights and promote inclusion.

I was quite instrumental for winning the bid to host Europride in Valletta in 2023.

I would like to take this opportunity to Thank everyone out there for your support and hopefully I will be given the opportunity to continue strengthening what we build so far and even come up with new ideas and targets.

Denise Aquilina

Denise Aquilina

She/Her

In the past year I have been given the wonderful opportunity to be part of ARC’s executive committee. It’s been a great year, working with other committee members, getting to know more people, striving to be closer to community and working on ways to improve things.

Outside of ARC, I an a Human Resources professional, and have been part of the Pride team at work for the past 5 years. This has provided me with the opportunity to implement new things, organise social events and help raising awareness with respect to my LGBTIQ+ colleagues.

Being part of ARC’s Executive Committee has been a privilege and I hope to continue being part of the team, to enable me to work hard towards for the LGBTIQ+ community, Pride and Euro Pride 2023.

Thank you

Duane Grech

Duane Grech

He/Him

I work in software development and I have been volunteering with ARC for MaltaPride and the surrounding events since 2018 and have been getting more involved in the organisation in the past 6 months or so.

I want to contribute more to ARC, Malta Pride, EuroPride 2023 and their fundraising events and given my background, I believe I can help ARC with tech related projects such as web design and management, as well as bring a fresh perspective to the team.

Lilla Salamon

Lilla Salamon

She/Her

In the past 2 years I had the chance to be part of ARC as a Board Member and it gave me a deeper understanding of the ongoing issues and challenges the Maltese LGBT community is facing. I would like to continue helping a great team and community overcome these challenges and ensure a more equal & fair future for the next generations. My strengths lie in my ability to see the business side of the picture, which is helpful in increasing donations, think strategically on the long and short term and turning plans into tangible actions. Also, I promise to continue organizing the NAAR Quiz Nights. 😊

Moreover, through GayGuideMalta I gained a wide network of businesses that are ready to open towards LGBT customers and support the community. Finally, my marketing experience helps in getting the word out of ARC's programs and agenda to as many people as possible.

Clayton Mercieca

Clayton Mercieca

He/Him

Being at the service of the LGBTIQ community through ARC in the past four years has been an honour and a privilege and I hope I am given the chance to offer my time for another year.

I share the dream, like of many, to make leaps and strides in changing mentalities with the hope of making our country a proud nation that welcomes and celebrates diversity.

What I can offer to ARC is leadership, empathy, experience with organising Pride and other events, good communication skills and an understanding of our community's needs.

Michael Owen

Michael Owen

He/Him

I am pleased to run for the ARC Board again, feeling I can continue to contribute to our joint success.

When moving to Malta in 2017, I immediately volunteered for Malta Pride. Since then I have been lucky enough to be voted to the Board of ARC for the last 2 years and this has been very rewarding.

Prior to moving to Malta, I was a founding member of my hometown Pride event in Doncaster, England where I was on the committee for 13 years, and with that, I bring a host of experience organising a Pride event that regularly hosted more than 15,000 participants. Since volunteering here, we have seen the numbers grow very quickly in just a few years. I am very proud to be part of that growth.

Through my regular job, my main tasks are product and project management and I also manage a team that focuses on CRM and Marketing. In addition, with more than a decade in the catering and hospitality sector, I believe this helps me contribute even more towards ARC and the projects and events we have managed as an organisation.

Kyle Ginn

Kyle Ginn

They/Them

I have been living in Malta for almost 4 years now and in that entire time I have always been involved with ARC and Malta Pride. ARC is an integral part of my life here and I want to continue and further my involvement with them.

My background is in psychology. I graduated from my bachelors back in 2012 and then went on to work in care in the UK, supporting young people with challenging needs. Needing a change of pace in life I moved to Malta.

I have a huge determination, passion and commitment which I can bring to ARC, as well as a creative mind and a drive to keep pushing for new heights. I have been actively involved in ARC meetings in the past and have helped at a number of events, including every Malta Pride event since I moved to Malta.

My ambitions for ARC are to continue to provide a safe space for people on the island, as well as to provide education and information to the island to promote further understand and inclusion.

Michael Salone

Michael Salone

He/Him

It's been another great year with more new members and benefits. I've really enjoyed my work with ARC, both as a member of the Board as well as the community.

I feel like I've been able to contribute in the Membership area increasing membership and providing more options for people to contribute, but also in the strategic approach of ARC.

If members wish me to continue, I would hope I could stay on to contribute in a way that helps all of those we are aiming to serve.

Graziella Scerri

Graziella Scerri

She/Her

After a fruitful year as a member of ARC executive committee, I am empowered to continue striving for an inclusive LGBTIQ+ community free from prejudice, hate and discrimination.

My support is especially focused towards creating a forceful, inclusive, encouraging community and safe spaces for the minorities within the minority, especially women.

Being part of ARC executive committee will provide me with opportunity to continuously consult and involve the LGBTIQ+ community, in sharing knowledge and experiences with the broader community to improve awareness. With years of professional experience in the Education sector, I believe that education is the key towards liberation from several barriers existing among institutions.

Moussa HAMMOUD

Moussa HAMMOUD

He/Him

I have been an ARC member since 2015 and a board member since 2017. I have been holding the Secretary role since 2018.

I am extremely grateful for the ARC for the positive shift it had on my social life, professional development, mental health improvement, and personal progress. Thanks to ARC (including its members and supports) i could give back to the community what i never could to give back in my own country. Thanks to ARC i can call myself today an activist lobbying for equality, diversity, human rights, minority rights, integration, and anti-racisim.

I look forward for another year of serving the community in the best i can should i be elected again.
Moussa Hammoud