March 12, 2018
Pottle Centre Seeking Volunteer Board Members
The Pottle Centre is a non-profit drop in social and recreational centre for consumers of mental health services who are 19 years and older. The Pottle Centre was founded in 1980 under the original name of The Canadian Mental Health Association Social Centre. It changed names and moved several times; currently the centre is located at 200 Water Street. All volunteers should have good interpersonal and relationship skills and be accepting and non-judgemental of clients and their abilities.
The Pottle Centre is run on a day to day basis by hired staff but they are overseen by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors consist of a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 21. From the Board of Directors comes an Executive consisting of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Past Chair. Board Members volunteer to sit on the board and as such, will submit a request to sit on the Board or will be invited by an existing member then approved by the existing Board.
Board terms/participation and commitment:
The Pottle Centre’s Board Members will serve a three-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for additional terms. Board meetings will be held monthly and committee meetings will be held as necessary. Board Members must attend Board Meetings and if unable to attend, must send regrets; Members cannot miss more than 3 consecutive meetings in a fiscal year but if a Member needs time away from meetings or misses consecutive meetings then they must request to the Executive for a “Leave of Absence”.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
- Extensive professional experience with leadership and/or community engagement experience, accomplishments in healthcare, business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
- A commitment to and understanding of the Pottle Centre’s members
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of The Pottle Centre’s members.
Each Board member has a legal duty to the Pottle Centre. Non-profit Board members must:
- Duty of due care -Take care of the non-profit by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will; and provide oversight for all activities that advance the non-profit’s effectiveness and sustainability.
- Duty of loyalty- Make decisions in the best interest of the non-profit corporation; not in his or her self-interest.
- Duty of obedience- Ensure that the non-profit obeys applicable laws and acts in accordance with ethical practices; that the non-profit adheres to its stated corporate purposes, and that its activities advance its mission.
Service on the Pottle Centre’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.
Send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 21157
St. John's, NL
Canada A1A 5B2