CMHA Kootenays has a nine-person board of directors and uses the Carver model of governance. Directors are elected at an Annual General Meeting, held each June, and may remain on the board for a two year term before they must be re-elected. Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact us.
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The Board of Directors is responsible for corporate governance of the organization, on behalf of the membership, and is accountable under the Societies Act of British Columbia.
It is the responsibility of the board to:
- establish and maintain the purpose and direction of the organization
- maintain effective communication with members of the Association
- ensure that the organization is effectively and efficiently managed
- establish organization-wide policies
The success of the organization in meeting the needs of its clients is determined, in large measure, by the deliberations, actions, and policy formulations of its governing Board. In that regard, the Board of Directors, who have collective responsibility for the organization’s management in the broadest sense, also hold particular individual responsibility to conduct their personal affairs in an appropriate manner.
Thus, corporately the board is responsible for:
- ongoing evaluation of the organization’s direction, mission, and its effectiveness
- developing the job description of the position of the Executive Director, and selection, appointment and regular evaluation of the Executive Director
- establishment of the governing structure of the organization and, recognition of where policy-setting ends and administration begins
- financial integrity of the organization
- development and approval of bylaws covering such topics as election of officers, committee structures, meetings, and voting procedures
- assumption of powers inherent in corporate status such as the power to sue, to enter into contracts, and to acquire, hold, and sell property as outlined in the Act
- regular assessment of the Board’s performance and the performance of its standing advisory committees
- creation of a climate for innovation and progress within the organization