Would you like to serve on our Board of Directors?
East End Children’s Centre will be looking to fill two vacancies on our board of directors in early 2018. Parents, grandparents and child care providers attending our programs, as well as other members of the community are eligible to serve on our board. Board members are required to provide their date of birth and official address to the Charities Directorate division of Canada Revenue Agency.
What does the Board of Directors do? The Board is the official operator of East End Children’s Centre, and makes decisions about how our charitable corporation operates: how our money is spent, how we fundraise, new policies, changes to old policies, human resource issues, and that sort of thing. The Board also enters agreements with and reports to our funders. Our board members are required to be very involved in planning and executing our annual fundraising event, which is in the fall. Currently, the organization’s primary focus on strategic planning.
What happens at board meetings? Our fall meetings are very focused on fundraising. Other agenda items usually include updates from staff, financial statements, as well as balanced and open discussions about many of the issues we face as an organization trying to serve more children than we really have adequate funds and space for. Decisions are made about what is in our community’s best interests, and a majority vote decides whether or not a motion passes. Child care is provided at meetings and a light dinner is available.
When and where are the meetings? They are usually week-nights around 6:30 pm, finishing by 8:30 pm. We usually meet monthly, September through June. Summer meetings may be scheduled as needed. Additional event planning meetings, related to our annual fall gala, are held weekly in September and October. The meetings are held at our Kimbourne site.
Committees Every board member serves on a committee. Currently our committees are Fundraising, Gala, Governance, Programming & Access. Committees meet at times, and in locations determined by committee members.
Why do parents, grandparents and child care providers serve on East End Children’s Centre’s Board of Directors? They serve because they care about the drop-in and want to help. The main things they bring to the table is their understanding of the importance of family support programs, and their commitment to doing what works for the community, within our budget and funding requirements. (It also looks nice on your resume). Although our board is typically composed of community members with from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of skills, every individual who serves on our board commits to fundraising work, and utilizes their contacts to leverage support EECC.
Interested? Send an email to our board of directors at email@example.com. Attach a completed board member application
Our Current Board of Directors: Stephanie Apollonio (Chair), Grace Patenall (Treasurer), Stefanie McPherson (Secretary), Tina Lines, Daniel Segal, Sudha Datta, Sloane Bernard, Meredith Briglio, Rosalyn Wise, Paris Semansky.