Annual General Meetings give voice to the ownership of a strata corporation.
Owners authorize the elected Council to spend collective funds for the maintenance of the common property at an AGM. Owners are provided with a proposed budget for consideration and they make a collective decision to either oppose or authorize the proposed budget. Most of the time at an AGM is spent discussing expenditures and whether or not the proposed figures are satisfactory to the owners.
Within the Agenda of an AGM owners can discuss issues, add or amend bylaws, and of course elect a Council from among themselves. Working within the parameters of corporation bylaws and the Strata Property Act, an AGM is democracy in action – or is it?
Common themes throughout most of my blogs regarding strata life are of course based upon apathy and ignorance of the majority of owners. It never ceases to amaze me how conniving,manipulative owners with personal agendas can trample due process with misrepresentation and misspeak and year after year, despite documented errors, omissions and downright abuses of power, continue to control the business of a corporation.
There is nothing so smarmy and sanctimonious as an individual who exceeded their “Peter Principle” at highschool graduation but rises to positions of administrative control within a corporation requiring intelligent decision making simply by pandering to strata corporation “group think”. What’s disconcerting of course is the fact that people who contribute in large measure to society in their day to day work lives, turn their brains off when they arrive home. Knowing where some of these people work and watching their behaviours as strata owners however forces me to question how some of them could possibly even earn a paycheque. A lot of strata owners work for large institutions that are funded through the public purse. WOW! I guess I just answered my own question-warm body syndrome. Ripe pickings for the “Peter Principle” alumni if you ask me.
That brings me of course to the lack of integrity-based business acumen that is insidious in some strata corporations. It is absolutely dumbfounding how people do not question slush funds and outright lies presented to them through operating budgets. It’s as if they just accept an outgoing Council’s point of view without questioning the information presented to them. If strata corporations were sheep farms we would have a glut of lamb chops and wool that would give the Tourism BC people pause.
Sheep of course are not known for their intelligence.
How do owners allow individuals to misrepresent the facts without raising an eyebrow or two? Owners are like sheep.
How do owners not give a dissenting voice a least an ear out of respect for process? Owners are like sheep.
How do owners not see the damage they do when they abdicate their responsibilities to liars and thieves and imbeciles? Owners are like sheep.
How do owners sit in a room and allow a third party to tell them they have no right to an explanation for an expense because it is a legal matter? Who pays for the legal matter to be initiated, fought and resolved? Doesn’t the corporation have to give Council authority to initiate expenses outside the authorized budget? Must be “sheep think”.
How do owners not say anything when their Council threatens free speech, refuses disclosure and DISENFRANCHISES individuals who clearly are intelligent enough to know they are doing it? Again, owners are like sheep.
How do owners sit through Council’s abuse of privacy towards individuals and say nothing? More “sheep think”…
Sheep don’t know sheep aren’t intelligent!
Sheep don’t know when a wolf is dressed up like sheepdog.
Sheep earned their lot in life and appear to be satisfied with that lot.
Glad I’m not with the sheep.
Think I’ll fire up the barbeque and enjoy some lamb kebabs out of respect to the sheep and to the wolves who herd them to the slaughterhouse.