All new members of the Board of Directors are required to sign the following code of conduct at the beginning of  their term of office:

As a member of the Board of Directors, I will:

  • Listen carefully to my fellow Board Members;
  • Carefully consider and respect the opinions of my fellow Board Members;
  • Respect and support all majority decisions of the Board;
  • Recognize the authority vested in the Board;
  • Keep well-informed of developments relevant to issues that may come before the Board;
  • Participate actively in Board meetings and actions and not discuss elsewhere what I am unwilling to discuss in Board meetings;
  • Bring to the attention of the Board any issues I believe will have significant effect on our organization or those we serve;
  • Attempt to communicate the needs of those we serve to the Board of Directors;
  • Refer complaints directly to the proper level on the chain of command;
  • Recognize that my job is to ensure that the organization is well-managed, not necessarily to manage the organization;
  • Represent all those whom this organization serves vs geographic or special interest groups;
  • Consider myself a “trustee” of the organization and do my best to ensure it is well-maintained, financially secure, and always operating in accord with our stated objectives;
  • Work to learn how to do my job better; and
  • Acknowledge conflicts of interest between my personal life and my position on the Board, and abstain from voting or attempting to influence issues in which I am conflicted.

As a member of the Board of Directors, I will not:

  • Criticize fellow Board Members or their opinions, outside of the Board Room;
  • Use the organization or my position for my personal advantage or that of my friends, relatives or associates;
  • Discuss the confidential proceedings of the Board outside the Board Room;
  • Promise how I will vote on an issue before hearing the discussion and becoming fully informed on that issue;
  • Interfere with the duties of staff or undermine the authority of our staff executive to perform his/her duties, except as provided in the terms of reference for any standing committee on which I sit; and
  • Speak for or on behalf of the organization unless specifically authorized to do so.