Candidates intending to run for a position as Board Director may find the following information of value:
- There are 11 Directors of the Board, elected from among the membership.
- Board members serve two-year staggered terms; roughly half are elected each year.
- All Board Members are expected to devote the time required to fulfill their responsibilities.
These include attending board and standing committee meetings and acting in the community as external representatives of the Society. Board meetings occur every second week; Committee meetings generally occur monthly. Attending these meetings usually involves a commitment of between 10 and 20 hours per month, but may require considerably more.
- All Board decisions are made as a group.
- The Board of Directors recommends that any nominee for the Board should meet the requirements of the provincial Business Corporations Act as stated below
124 (1) A person must not become or act as a director of a company unless that person is an individual who is qualified to do so
(2) An individual is not qualified to become or to act as a director of a company if that individual is
(a) under the age of 18 years
(b) found by a court, in Canada or elsewhere, to be incapable of managing the individual’s own affairs
(c) an undischarged bankrupt, or
(d) convicted in or out of British Columbia of an offense in connection with the promotion, formation or management of a corporation or unincorporated business, or of an offence involving fraud, unless
(i) the court orders otherwise,
(ii) 5 years have elapsed since the last to occur of
(A) the expiration of the period set for suspension of the passing of sentence without a sentence having been passed,
(B) the imposition of a fine
(C) the conclusion of the term of any imprisonment, and
(iii) a pardon was granted or issued under the under the Criminal Records Act (Canada)
- A director who ceases to be qualified to act as a director of a company must promptly resign.
Board of Directors: Responsibilities
The Board of the Society is responsible to the members and therefore is responsible for acting in accordance with our Vision and Mission Statements and Core Philosophy and Beliefs. Duties of the Board of Directors include:
- Envisioning the future (setting goals and priorities)
- Setting policy (creating guidelines for decision-making)
- Hiring the Executive Director
- Developing and enhancing links to the community
- Representing the Society (fund-raising)
- Providing for the prudent management of the Society’s resources
- Participating in Strategic Planning and Risk Management
- Participating, through one or more Standing Committee(s), in the work of the Society
- Upholding the terms of the Disclosure of Membership Information Policy and Procedure
Board of Directors: Commitment and expectation of regular attendance at meetings
Directors are expected to:
- Attend every Board Meeting (Board Members are allowed no more than three un-notified absences per year from meetings of the Board; in case of sickness, a leave of absence of up to four months will be made available to a Board member who is unable to perform his/her duties).
- Attend the meetings of the Committees of which they are members.
- Be prepared for and actively participate in every meeting.
All new Board members are required to complete a Volunteer Application form and sign Confidentiality, Consent to Act as a Director, and Board Member Code of Conduct forms.
All this information and more can be found on the Society’s website at: www.positivelivingbc.org