AFOA-SK is the provincial chapter of AFOA Canada, registered as a non-profit organization, governed by a board elected by AFOA members within Saskatchewan. The Chapter was founded in 1999 and has been run by its board members on a voluntary basis. AFOA SK is financed through membership fees, supplemented by government contributions and corporate sponsorships. In response to a need for a stronger presence and better serve its members, the Board of Directors of AFOA SK secured funding to establish a permanent office in Saskatchewan. AFOA SK developed a 5-year strategic plan (2009 - 2014) to guide the organization in achieving its mission and vision. This plan has since been reviewed and updated.

 

The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Saskatchewan (AFOA Saskatchewan) conducted a strategic planning session on December 5, 2014.  The purpose of the meeting was to identify three key strategies for the next five year time horizon (2015 – 2019).  As part of the analysis, board members participated in the following process:


·    Review of Vision and Mission
·    Review of Stakeholder feedback
·    Identification of key SWOT factors
·    Identification of key Priorities
·    Mapping out identified Objectives

AFOA Saskatchewan had conducted an environmental analysis through a questionaire provided to stakeholders of the organization and utilized this information to shape its strategic directions for the period 2015 – 2019.

 


Vision



To live well.



Mission



AFOA Saskatchewan will provide sound leadership and capacity development to members with timely, relevant products and services to support and enhance the role of the financial officers, managers and the governing bodies of Aboriginal organizations in Saskatchewan.



Strategic formulation based on the analysis noted above should also include an understanding of the organization’s core competencies and niche market.  AFOA – SK has a reputable presence in First Nation communities and is seen as the trainer of choice for its members.  Keeping this in mind, AFOA – SK has identified the following strategies for the 2015 – 2019 time horizon:



1.    Enhance Professional Development


AFOA – SK’s key strength is its relationship with First Nation communities.  Its members trust the organization because of its familiarity an understanding of their unique needs and environments.  First Nation communities have asked for further training in various other areas. These communities trust AFOA – SK and would likely attend an AFOA program over other offerings.

 


2.    Secure Sustainable Funding Partnerships



AFOA – SK identified that sustainable core funding could be strengthened.  While the organization has brought in sufficient revenues, these revenues could be more diversified and less dependent on government funded organizations.

 

3.    Diversify Target Membership



The organization’s membership has been steady for several years.  While it is not the main source of revenue, stronger membership numbers means more participants in workshops and more unofficial ambassadors of AFOA – SK.  



4.    Increase Organizational Capacity



The organization must be proactive in ensuring that key knowledge and abilities are retained within the organization or there could be a possibility of organizational setback in the event of management turnover or a substantial change in board composition.  Succession planning and knowledge transfer are critical areas for any organization to address and put measures in place. 





For further information please contact AFOA SK at:

 

E-mail afoa.sask@sasktel.net 

Phone 306-477-1066

Fax 306-665-7577

 

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