CMHA National is seeking nominations for a Director-at-Large for our 2021-2022 National Board
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), National is happy to announce that it is seeking to fill a Director-at-Large position on its National Board. First founded in 1918, CMHA is the most established and extensive community mental health organization in Canada. As a member of the National Board, the Director-at-Large will play a vital role in shaping the work of the National Office of CMHA.
The CMHA National Board:
The CMHA National Board is made up of 15 members: 11 members who are chosen by and represent the Divisions of CMHA (ten provinces and Yukon ) and four Directors “at-large” who are chosen to bring additional skills and representation to the National Board. The role of National Board members is to provide leadership and governance to the National Office of CMHA. The National Board ensures the organization lives up to its mission and vision; develops policy; reflects on the changing trends and conditions in which CMHA operates; guides decision-making and resource allocation, and sets and reviews the strategic priorities.
Commitment and Conduct
Board members are expected to attend and participate in quarterly National Board meetings, which are three hours in duration. Board members are also required to belong to at least one Board Committee (Finance and Audit, Governance and Board Development, or Public Policy), each of which meets quarterly for a one-hour meeting. Applicants must be able to commit to a three-year term. CMHA National also requires its Board members to abide by a Code of Conduct, carrying out their duties ethically and professionally and in a manner consistent with their fiduciary duty.
The most important attribute for a candidate for the CMHA National Board is to be passionate about the causes of mental health and mental illness. In addition, priority areas for the CMHA National Board for 2021 are:
- Policy and government relations knowledge and experience;
- Governance knowledge and Board experience;
- 21-35 age group;
- Resident of the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, the Prairies, the West Coast, or Yukon
- Candidates that reflect the diversity of the people whom CMHA serves, including people with lived experience of mental health issues, people of colour, newcomers, refugees, and immigrants, 2SLGBTQ+, and people with disabilities.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kelly Puddister, National Executive Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by July 15th, 2021.