The Ontario Monument Builders Association (OMBA) recently reached out to MBNA for support in their ongoing challenges with unfair cemetery business practices that are condoned and being promoted by the Province of Ontario.
The Bereavement Authority of Ontario, established as a Delegated Administrative Authority (DAA) in January 2016, is mandated to administer provisions of the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 (FBCSA) on behalf of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. Responsible for protection of the public interest, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario regulates and supports licensed funeral establishments, cemetery operators, crematorium operators, transfer service operators, funeral directors, funeral preplanners, transfer service sales representatives, cemetery sales representatives, and crematorium sales representatives across Ontario.
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Terms are two years (February 2020 - February 2022) and offer a great opportunity to get involved in the decision making and leadership of MBNA. Trustees are encouraged to attend Executive Committee meetings and, in the course of their term, represent their district, serve on a committee or work group, advocate benefits of membership to other memorialists, welcome new members and submit quarterly reports.
The MBAdvocacy Work Group has been diligently working to enhance its advocacy resources for our membership. We are pleased to share the following update on what we've focused on this year, and goals for improving the program even further:
MBNA is currently seeking a member to serve on the Finance and Budget Committee, with the intention to progress to the role of Treasurer (which is part of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees). The Finance and Budget Committee works with the Executive Vice President and the CPA on staff to oversee the financial affairs of the association. Duties include working with staff to draft the annual budget, reviewing monthly financial reports, reviewing and providing approval on financial disbursements, and special projects as may be requested by the leadership. Ideally, this person will have the following qualities and capabilities:
Gravestones talk. They tell stories, share history and even cause a little controversy from time to time. Some stones have a sense of humor, some share a message of hope and others portray a deep sense of loss and sorrow.
But how do those gravestones talk? How do those blank, stony tablets transform into beautifully unique memorials made to educate and intrigue generations yet to come? How do they evoke powerful emotions from strangers who approach them? And, most importantly, how do they acquire the stories they tell?