The requirements of Board membership include:
- Commitment to the work of the organization.
- Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance: policy, finance, programs, personnel and advocacy, knowledge of community development, education, persons with disabilities, youth, aboriginal or immigration-related issues.
- Participation (willingness to serve) on a board committee that meets on average once per month during a 10-month cycle.
- Attendance at monthly Board meetings.
- Attendance at retreats and other board development activities.
- Attendance at Annual General meetings.
- Support of special events.
- Support of, and participation in, fund-raising events.
- Membership in good standing in the Society (requires purchase of AHC membership).
The Board shall consist of no less than six (6) or more than twelve (12) members.
A Board Member is fully informed on organizational matters and participates in the Board’s deliberations and decisions in matters of policy, finance, programs, personnel and advocacy.
The Board Member must:
- Participate in review, evaluation and voting on policy and other recommendations received from the Board, its standing committees and the Executive Director.
- Monitor all Board policies and current issues that may affect the mission and operations of AHC.
- Review the bylaws and policy manual, and recommend bylaw changes to the membership.
- Review the Board’s structure, approve changes and prepare necessary bylaw amendments.
- Participate in the development of the AHC’s strategic plan and annual review.
- Approve the AHC’s annual budget.
- Approve the hiring and release of the Executive Director, including the Executive Director’s employment contract, based on the recommendation of the Personnel Committee.
- Support and participate in annual evaluation of the Executive Director.
- Assist in developing and maintaining positive relations among the Board, committees, staff members and community to enhance the AHC’s mission.
Board members are expected to participate in the following:
- Monthly Board meetings. The Board of Directors meets approximately ten times throughout the year. Board members are to review related material beforehand.
- Committee meetings. Committees include Policy, Personnel, Fund Development, Finance and Ad Hoc Nominations.
- Board/staff retreats and other organizational development activities. Typically, a one-day retreat is held each year.
- Annual General Meeting, held in June each year.
- Fund raising events.