Board and Committee Member Volunteer Positions
About Fair Haven Homes Society:
Fair Haven Homes Society is a not for profit organization providing a spectrum of care, support and housing for seniors and special needs residents. The society is committed to enriching the lives of the Fair Haven community by providing a safe, secure, respectful, inclusive and person-centered environment. The organization was founded by the Reverend Hugh Dobson of the United Church of Canada in the 1940’s and today continues to honor the church in the organizational values of Respect, Independence, Dedication, Excellence and Spirituality.
Fair Haven is governed by Board of Directors with a Board Chair and eight volunteer directors. The operational leadership team consists of nine employees and headed by the Chief Executive Officer. Current operations include two residential care facilities that provide 24 hr care to complex care seniors. These are staffed 7 days a week with professional nursing and care staff and are funded by local health authorities. Additionally Fair Haven Home Society operates three properties that provide low cost seniors housing. Two of the three properties are currently in the midst of redevelopment that when completed will increase the total housing units operated by the society to approximately 340 units in two communities, Burnaby and Vancouver.
1. Board Director:
Acting as a dedicated member of a team the Board Directors are responsible for overall governance and stewardship of the organization. Directors are expected to participate in strategic planning processes to review purposes, programs, priorities, funding needs, and targets of achievement. Additionally, the board is responsible to ensure financial responsibility by approving the annual budget and overseeing adherence to it.
The membersof the Board are elected from the Society’s membership and report to the Board Chair who is also a Board Member. Each Director is elected for a 3-year term. The term may be extended for two additional 3-year terms, therefore, a Director shall not exceed a 9-year term on the Board including Executive positions. The Executive Officers rotate through the Executive Office roles for two-year terms in each position.
Board Directors are expected to participate in at least one committee and are encouraged to act as chair of the committee if appropriate.
Each year the board supports and organizes some fundraising efforts throughout the year. Attendance at these events is encouraged but not mandatory.
2. Committee Member:
Committee members participate in regular committee meetings. Committees make a recommendation to the board related to issues in alignment with the strategic plan. Committee members are invited to become Society members, who are then eligible for nomination to Board positions. The Board Committees consist of:
- Executive Committee (Board Members only)
- Facilities Committee
- Finance Committee
- Fundraising Committee
- Governance Committee
- Quality Standards Committee
- *Ad hoc committees as required.
Many prospective Board Members will join the Society as a Committee member for a period of time, before being elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting. Committee member terms are a minimum of 1 year and can be extended.
Meetings and time commitment:
Orientation and training is provided for all Board members and a Board manual is maintained and utilized as a resource. Staff organizes meetings and distributes materials prior to board and committee meetings. Meeting times are currently mid day or afternoon meetings and range from 1.5 – 2 hrs
Board of Directors meets 9 times per year. Monthly Sept through Nov and Jan through June.
Committees meet no less than 4 x per year however each committee defines it’s own meeting schedule which commonly consists of monthly meetings aligned with the Board Meetings.
Board Members are volunteers and may not receive remuneration from the Society. However, Board Members are reimbursed for “out-of-pocket” expenses in the process of carrying out their duties as a Board Member.
We welcome candidates with experience in the following areas:
- Human resources
- Financial management/accounting
- Residential Care or caring for seniors
- Affordable Housing
- Project management
- Strategic planning and evaluation
- Marketing and Public Relations
- Communication and conflict resolution
- High ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings
- Appreciation of responsibilities to the public
- Flexibility, responsiveness, and willingness to consider change
- Ability and willingness to listen to others.
- Capability for a wide perspective on issues
- Ability to work and contribute as a team member
- Willingness to act on and remain accountable for boardroom decisions
- Respectful of others
Informed Judgment and Independence:
- Ability to provide wise, thoughtful counsel on a broad range of issues
- Ability and willingness to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue
- Constructive expression of ideas and opinions
- Analytical problem-solving and decision-making skills