General Conduct and Ethics

At any event, activity or function in which a member’s affiliation with the Island Horse Council is apparent, members shall refrain from engaging in illegal, unprofessional, or unethical actions that might bring disrepute to the Island Horse Council, its executive, or its members, and shall act in a way that is consistent with the Equestrian Canada Code of Ethics.


Meetings; Open, Regular, Executive Sessions and all Social Media

  1. All individuals attending or participating in a meeting will be treated with dignity, honoring their uniqueness and value. Abuse, defamation, derogatory remarks, personal insults, hostility, threats or any form of intimidation or discrimination are unacceptable behaviors.
  2. Attendees shall respect the views of others and allow others the opportunity to speak without interruption.
  3. Meeting attendees are expected to be positive, constructive, and to represent the best interests of the IHC rather than individual interests.
  4. Communication in meetings will be clear, timely, concise, to the topic and avoid inappropriate language and/or reference to personalities.
  5. Participants will engage in communications in an orderly fashion such that multiple conversations aren’t occurring at the same time.
  6. Individual participants will not seek to dominate proceedings.
  7. Attendees will refrain from disruptive behavior during meetings. This will include interrupting the current speaker, engaging in side conversations, making distracting noises, heckling, clapping, shouting, booing, hissing or engaging in any other activity in a manner that disturbs, disrupts or impedes the orderly conduct of the meeting.
  8. It is the duty of the Chair or acting Chair to preserve order and to ensure that members obtain fair representation.  In the event of disorder, the Chair or acting Chair has absolute discretion to request dismissal of the disruptor or end the meeting.
  9. In the event of any attendee at a meeting disregards the authority of the Chair or acting Chair or of being guilty of obstructive or offensive conduct or conduct in violation of this code, a motion may be moved and seconded and majority voted to suspend such member from further meetings. No further action will be taken until the offending member has been removed and order has been restored.
  10. A moderator will be appointed to ensure consistent adherance to the above stated conditions are applied to all social media forums, including; email, facebook, website, twitter and all electronic or regular mail.