The Toronto Birth Centre (TBC) aims to build a space where women, families and communities can access culturally safe birthing care. The TBC Community Council is currently recruiting interested individuals for appointments to TBC Board of Directors and aims to appoint members who can best accomplish the objectives of the TBC, in alignment with its vision, core values, and Indigenous framework. The Board of Directors has the ultimate decision-making and authority for all responsibilities outlines in the Independent Health Facilities Act license agreement, including all matters relating to finances, strategic planning, quality assurance and compliance for the TBC. The Board is made up of a two-thirds registered midwife and majority self-identified Indigenous membership. The Board is accountable to its clients, the communities the TBC serves, government agencies, institutional partners and community stakeholders.
The Community Council is currently looking to fill three positions:
One TBC Board of Directors Voting Member
Two Ex-Officio (non-voting) Board Members – Youth Member & Knowledge Keeper
TBC Board of Directors Voting Member
The Community Council aims to recruit Board members from a diverse background that can contribute to the differing needs of the Board of Directors. Community Council nominated Board members will act as a liaison between the Community Council and the Board of Directors. Self-identified Indigenous community members interested in this board position may complete the attached brief “Statement of Interest” form.
Ex-Officio (non-voting) Board Members
The TBC and Community Council acknowledge the important contribution of youth community members and of incorporating a youth perspective in the governance of community organizations. One way the Community Council works towards this goal is to nominate a youth community member (25 years old or younger) to serve on the TBC Board of Director. The Youth member will be a supporter of the Community Council and contribute a youth perspective to the Board of Directors. The Youth member will be expected to attend both TBC Board of Directors meetings and Community Council meetings. This role is meant to give a voice to youth on the running of the TBC, but also serve as a capacity building position; as such the Youth member will have the support of the Community Council as needed. Community members interested in this board position may complete the attached brief “Statement of Interest” form.
The TBC and Community Council acknowledge the importance of embedding Indigenous ways of knowing and doing into the governance of the TBC. The Community Knowledge Keeper position is intended to ensure that Indigenous knowledge(s) and practices are strongly represented at the Board level. The Community Knowledge Keeper will also liaise between the Board and the Community Council. Community members interested in this board position may complete the attached brief “Statement of Interest” form.
All interested community members are encouraged to apply, using the form attached. Please send completed forms by September 15, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax “Attn: TBC Community Council” at 416-366-8050.
Any questions regarding these positions may be directed to the Community Council Co-Chairs, Claire Dion Fletcher (email@example.com) and Krysta Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Community Council will select and appoint the three new Board members by September 22, 2014; all new Board members will be expected to attend the TBC Annual General Meeting on September 25th, 2014.