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Transforming Education Society

Transforming Education Society (TES) is a charitable organization formed under the British Columbia Societies Act and registered with Revenue Canada. It was founded in 1992 as The Society for the Advancement of Non-coercive Education (SANE). Its original mandate was to support Windsor House School, but it soon evolved as an advocate for other schools and organizations which, like Windsor House, sponsored democratic, personalized, self-determined educational programs. The name of the society was changed on March 30, 2012. (For an outline of the PURPOSE and PHILOSOPHY of TES, click on the “About” menu item near the top of the page.

TES supports Windsor House  School by:

  • administering funds for the Windsor House Community Council. (TES will donate all designated monies to the Community Council, which in turn will spend the funds through the Resolutions system and subsequently provide a monthly accounting.)
  • subsidizing members of the Windsor House Community to attend conferences and workshops.

TES supports the philosophy of the Windsor House  School program by:

  • advocating on behalf of similar programs.
  • presenting proposals for public funding of such programs.
  • sponsoring conferences, workshops and talks to publicize and promote the philosophy.

TES raises money by:

  • accepting donations.
  • applying for grants.
  • hosting conferences.

Membership: All individuals who support the PURPOSE and PHILOSOPHY of Transforming Education Society may apply for membership. All applicants must submit an application (see other side of this sheet) to the Executive Board. Upon the acceptance of the application by the Executive Board, they will then be considered full voting members of the society. A member may be expelled from the society by a resolution passed with a two-thirds majority at a TES General Meeting. The person named in the resolution must be notified a week in advance and given the opportunity to attend the meeting. Members must notify the secretary when they wish to withdraw from the Society, and membership must be renewed annually in September.

Unrestricted Donations: these donations are spent through resolutions at TES meetings. They are eligible for a numbered charitable donations tax receipt. You may donate to TES even if you are not a member.

Restricted Donations: these donations will be disbursed according to the wishes of the donor. The donor must be at arm’s length from the donee in order to receive a tax receipt.

Restricted Donations specifically earmarked for the Windsor House  School Community Council: these donations can be made at any time of the year, but we strongly request that they be made at the PAC Annual General Meeting in September. Windsor House parents may donate by means of 10 post-dated cheques payable to TES. The funds will be disbursed to the Council on a monthly basis for each month from September to June. Any non-consumable items (e.g., audio equipment, video equipment, lighting equipment, etc.) purchased with these funds will be owned by TES but will be available for use by the school. These donations are not eligible for a tax receipt.

You do not have to be a member of TES in order to donate money to the Windsor House School Community Council. TES meeting attendance is not required.

NOTE: the TES membership fee is on a sliding scale of $5 to $25 per year with no tax receipt.

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