Family and Children’s Services Seeks Board & Committee Members

Published on: 2017/05/23 - in Releases

Board Members

May 23, 2017 (Release) — We’re looking to recruit new members of the Board of Directors and its Advocacy and Fundraising committees.

We are a Children’s Aid Society – a not-for-profit agency that protects children from abuse and neglect. We receive funding and our mandate from the Government of Ontario. We’ve been serving this community since 1894, making us one of the oldest continuing charities in Southeastern Ontario.

Many CAS’s, like ours, are known as Family and Children’s Services.

Every family needs help. We’re there when families can’t cope. We support them, and help them stay together. Sometimes, children come into our care. When that happens, we try to reunite them with their birth family or with their extended family. In some cases, children can’t go back. We take care of them through foster care and try to find them a new permanent family through adoption. The number of children in our care has dropped by more than 40 percent in the last 10 years as we focus more of our resources on prevention.

The role of a Board and Committee Member is critical to the work we do. The Board of Directors provides high-level leadership and governance for the Agency by providing oversight of the Agency’s operations, performance and outcomes. Committees provide leadership on specific issues, like Fundraising and Advocacy. Board and Committee Members are expected to attend regular meetings. They are also encouraged to attend Agency events and participate in the life the organization.

New designated Indigenous Board position

For the first time, the Agency has created a new designated Indigenous position for its Board of Directors. This is to better connect the Agency with Indigenous peoples and issues.

What we are looking for
The Agency strives to have a broad mix of skills, experience and demographic characteristics on its Board and Committees. At this time we have identified the need for the following. All applications are welcome. You may still apply even if you do not meet these criteria.

BOARD MEMBERS

3 positions wanted:

  • Indigenous member
  • Lennox and Addington County resident member
  • Other member

Experience we’re looking for (in order of priority):

  • Indigenous issues
  • Technology
  • Education (preferably post-secondary)
  • Social services
  • Business

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Multiple positions available for two Committees:

  • Fundraising Committee members.
  • Advocacy Committee members.

Skills we’re looking for:

  • Fundraising: Networking, supporting major asks, helping with fundraising events.
  • Advocacy: Identifying issues, working with the Agency and community partners to address them, creating advocacy opportunities for the Agency.

REQUIREMENTS

To be a member of the Board you must be 18 or older and live or work in Frontenac or Lennox and Addington Counties, Ontario. You must also undergo a Criminal Reference Check (Vulnerable Sector Screening). Members of the Board cannot have an undischarged bankruptcy. Employees of our Agency or their spouse or immediate family, and those under direction of the Agency, are NOT eligible.

Deadline
Applications must be received by June 4, 2017

How to apply
Go online to www.JoinOurBoard.ca.


Image & release source: Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington