Join Our Board
Community Living Parry Sound is always looking for people who are interested in being Directors on our Board. Directors help to build an inclusive community that embraces children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. We work with staff, other volunteers, and community partners towards goals that will help improve the quality of life of the people we support.
Directors bring personal skills or knowledge in such areas as finance, law, fundraising, public relations, advocacy, banking, healthcare, or education to Community Living Parry Sound. Some also bring the knowledge and perspective of a parent or other family member of the people we support.
The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and accountability of the Association. Among their responsibilities are to establish the agency’s vision, mission, services principles, strategic priorities and overall direction, and to monitor progress as well as compliance with relevant legislation.
Directors attend Board meetings, which are held approximately nine times per year, and an Annual General Meeting in September. They also participate on one of the Standing Committees – Finance, Nominating, Membership and Executive. These committees meet as required, usually five to six times per year.
- The Executive Committee is composed of the President (Chair), Vice President, Treasurer and immediate Past President. Among their functions are acting for the Board when a decision is required between Board meetings, and ensuring that the Board operates in accordance with the bylaws and governance policies.
- The Finance Committee consists of between three and five members. The Committee’s primary role is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the financial affairs of the organization. This includes ensuring the establishment of sound financial policies and practices which will lead to the long term financial sustainability of the organization.
- The Nominating & Membership Committee also has three to five members. Areas of responsibility include the recruitment and maintenance of Association membership and the nomination and orientation of qualified candidates for vacancies on the Board of Directors.
- Additional, committees such as Housing, Fundraising, and Recreation may be established as needed by the Board.
To apply to join the CLPS Board click here to fill out the application form:
Eligible applicants are required to offer their diverse talents and time to ensure the responsibilities of the board are fulfilled. Responsibilities of Board members include the following, to:
1. Attend regular Board meetings and participate in deliberations by asking questions, expressing views and suggestions, making or seconding motions and voting.
2. Attend and participate in special Board meetings and membership meetings, including but not limited to, Annual General Meetings, strategic planning sessions and Board development events.
3. Accept appointments to Board committees as members or chairs, attend committee meetings and assist in carrying out committee work. Chairs will prepare agendas, motions for Board consideration and annual reports if required.
4. Accept or volunteer to perform other duties for the Board; for example, serve as an Officer, undertake a special project, represent the Board on a management committee or an external body, assist in fund raising.
5. Prepare for meetings by reading and considering agenda documents in advance.
6. Take responsibility for self-education by seeking information necessary to understand issues and to contribute meaningfully to discussions.
7. Attend, when possible, social, public information/education, fund-raising and other events sponsored by Community Living Parry Sound.
8. Identify people in the community who have the backgrounds and skills needed by the Board and give their names to the Nominating & Membership Committee for possible inclusion in the Potential Directors Bank.
9. Be an ambassador for Community Living Parry Sound in the community and an advocate for the people served.