Late in Career and Retired Member Policy
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At the 2016 Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors sought support of the membership for a policy to address the needs of Active and Professional members who are late in their careers or retired. We are pleased to be able to offer members these interim options to maintain CAA membership. Below members will find the policy adopted at the AGM along with the respective application forms.

 

For each application there is a non-refundable application fee of $25+tax (tax of the province that you reside).


Policy and Application forms below

 

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Approved by CAA Membership May 3, 2016   

 

Policy for Late in Career and Retired Members   

 

Objectives 

This policy is intended to: 

  • provide clarity and options to members who are late in their careers, and to members who are retired. 

  • provide direction to the Membership Chair and CAA staff providing service to members who are reducing their workload late in their careers or retiring. 

  • define who is eligible for the privileges of “retired member and late in career. 

 

 

Context 

As the CAA matures, an increasing number of members are looking to reduce hours and ultimately retire from work while remaining in touch with the CAA and community of members. The current bylaws limit CAA staff to processing members as either Affiliate, Active or Professional, requiring Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for the latter two categories. Even if Active and Professional members wished to pay full dues, late in career or retired members would in many cases fail to attain adequate CPD points to remain in good standing within these classes of membership.  

 

Members Reducing Hours Late in Career:

Members nearing the end of their careers frequently reduce hours prior to retirement and may not meet the requirements of their membership class, in relation to CPD activity. 

 

Retired Members:

Retired members require substantially less services from the association, but currently have no option except to pay full dues for their membership class.  

 

Several members have indicated that without another cost option they may choose to leave the association. Many wish to continue to contribute to the CAA as retired members with an appropriate fee. 

 

Scope 

  • This policy applies to Professional or Active members wishing to be considered late in career or retired.  

  • As membership categories are an aspect of the CAA bylaws, this policy describes administrative latitude afforded to the Membership Chair and staff by the Board of Directors until such time that the CAA bylaws can be amended to include clear provisions for retired members. 

  • This policy addresses limitations of practice for late in career and retired members and guidance on CPD requirements. 

 

Eligibility 

The provisions of this policy are available to Active and Professional members of the CAA in good standing who have been members of the Association continuously for no less than 15 years. 

 

Oversight  

This policy is overseen by the Chair of the Membership committee who directs CAA staff in application of the provisions described below. A Member who believes the Membership Chair has committed error in administering this policy may appeal the decision of the Membership Chair to the Board of Directors.

 

Key directives 

With respect to members late in career seeking to reduce hours of practice, 

member wishing to declare he/she is late in career shall: 

  • Notify (through the on-line application) the CAA Membership Chair in writing of his/her intent to retire and the reduced hours the member intends to work prior to retirement (Note that the Membership Chair has the discretion to approve or deny requests based on the notice provided and additional dialogue with the member); 

  • Be relieved of one year of CPD requirements where the Membership Chair deems appropriate;

  • Be able to request an additional year of relief of CPD obligations through a formal request made to the CAA Membership Chair;

  • Abide by the Membership Chair’s decision relative to request for additional CPD relief;

  • Where the member believes the Membership Chair has erred in judgement, a written appeal can be made to the Board of Directors to review the decision. The decision of the Board of Directors in such cases is final;

  • Pay dues at the full rate for his or her membership category last held by the member; and, 

  • Be referred to the Conduct Investigation Committee where a member appears to be practicing in excess of this policy or decisions set out by the Membership Chair.

 

With respect to retired members, 

A member wishing to be considered retired shall: 

  • Submit a request (through the on-line application) to the Membership Chair stating the date from which the member wishes to be considered retired (Note that the Membership Chair has the discretion to approve, review and, if required, remove retired status from a member as deemed appropriate.); 

  • Be listed in the CAA Member directory upon approval of the Membership Chair in the category in which he/she was last practicing (Active or Professional) with the added notation “Retired to flag the member’s status to the public;

  • Have his/her membership fee waived, and replaced with an administrative fee of $75.00/year; 

  • Not take on full time work. Occasional work where the retired member does not lead a program or assume responsibilities more appropriate to a practicing member is permitted (Members should approach these work opportunities conservatively.) ;

  • Seek the advice of the Membership Chair or the Executive Director when unsure of how this policy should be applied;

  • Where the member believes the Membership Chair has erred in judgement, a written appeal can be made to the Board of Directors to review the decision. The decision of the Board of Directors in such cases is final;

  • Retain voting rights within the CAA and other benefits, with the exception of practice suitable to a practicing member, subject to future bylaw changes; and, 

  • Be referred to the Conduct Investigation Committee where a member appears to be practicing in excess of this policy or decisions set out by the Membership Chair. 

 

 

Additional Notes 

This policy is offered as a measure to meet the needs of members and the public until new bylaws enable a retired option for members. Member comment on this policy or suggestions for bylaw development on these matters is welcomed. 


Late in Career Application Form

Retired Member Application Form


 

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