Board Member - Volunteer Position
SLEC was incorporated in 1998 and is funded through the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (MH LHIN).
SLEC’s Mission is to provide supervised therapeutic social and recreational programming to promote independence, maximize level of functioning and enhance the quality of life of seniors with physical and/or cognitive challenges. The program offers respite, support and information to clients, their significant others and/or caregivers.
SLEC’s Vision is to be the family’s choice for day programs and support services for seniors in the community.
SLEC’s strategic priorities are:
- The voice of the client
- Pursuit of passion for service excellence
- Quality and client safety
- Respected presence in the community
- Sustained and managed growth
The Circle of Friends Program provides an adult day service for clients with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and/or other cognitive impairments.
The Gathering Place Program provides an adult day service for clients with any of the following: physical disabilities, mild cognitive impairments, frail health.
Extended Hours Program provides evening and weekend respite for clients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, other cognitive impairments, physical disabilities and/or frail health.
SLEC is overseen by a 10 member community volunteer Board of Directors that is elected in accordance with its bylaws. Board members are selected based on their skills, expertise and passion for seniors. The Board provides leadership and sets the strategic direction and priorities for SLEC and these are implemented by a qualified team of professionals.
The Board is accountable to its clients, funders, the community and donors. It is accountable for appointing the Executive Director (ED) to achieve SLEC’s goals. The Board oversees SLEC’s strategic direction and the performance of the ED, who in turn is responsible for implementing the strategic direction and daily operations.
Board Director Competencies
The Board collectively is to have representation with expertise in:
- strategic management;
- accounting and finance;
- communications, fundraising or marketing;
- human resources;
- quality and risk management;
- legal expertise;
- knowledge of the non-profit sector and its regulatory environment;
- knowledge of issues affecting the seniors’ community, health system and the people served by SLEC.
It is preferred that new Directors have prior Board/governance experience, but this is not required. It is important that Board Director candidates understand the responsibilities of being a Board member and have the necessary experience to contribute to board decision-making and oversight.
SLEC is interested in new Board members with any of the following attributes:
- Legal expertise;
- General administrative experience;
- Fundraising or marketing expertise;
- Board governance, strategic planning, and quality/performance measurement experience
Time Commitment and Expectations
Board members are also expected to contribute to the organization by:
- Attending and participating in all board and committee meetings;
- Actively participate on Board committees and at retreats
- Attend SLEC client and caregiver social events from time to time
The Board meeting are on a set schedule of approximately 6 regular meetings (monthly or bi-monthly) on Monday’s from approximately 6 to 8 pm as well as an AGM. Meetings take place at SLEC located at 2030 Bristol Circle, Oakville. Board work is supported by Board committees which focus on governance, education and quality and risk.
In addition, board members serve on a board committee and attend 2 half day retreats. Board committees typically meet monthly at times convenient to all members.
Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest
The nominations committee reviews and updates the skills matrix, interviews prospective candidates and provides recommendations to the Board for new members.
Candidates may apply by completing an online application form