Regent Park Community Health Centre Board of Directors Seeking New Members

We are a dynamic community-based health centre promoting social justice and health equity in the Regent Park neighbourhood and east downtown area of Toronto. We operate out of several locations and provide a wide variety of services including: primary health care, chiropody, physiotherapy, health promotion, social work, community health, immigrant and refugee services, housing assistance, harm reduction and homeless programs, Pathways to Education for high school students, infant and child development programs, parenting education and family advocacy.

Position

The Regent Park Community Health Centre (“RPCHC”) Board is looking to fill upcoming board vacancies.
The RPCHC Board is a governance board. The Board is not directly involved in operational decisions and matters, or other decisions that have been properly delegated to staff.
This document contains information about the RPCHC as an organization, the Board of Directors, the responsibilities and time commitments of each board member, specific details about each board committee and the application and selection process.
Applications may be submitted to Board Secretary and Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Jan Milito, at janm@regentparkchc.org by Monday July 16, 2018 by 4:00pm. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be conducted in late July/early August. New Board Members will be confirmed by late August and formally appointed during the September 2018 Annual General Meeting, currently scheduled for Thursday September 13, 2018.
We encourage you to visit our website www.regentparkchc.org for more information.

Thank you for considering volunteering with RPCHC as a Board Member!

ABOUT THE REGENT PARK COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE (“RPCHC”)
Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) was established in 1973. It is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the health of Regent Park area residents and the community as a whole, by providing high quality, integrated primary health care services, health promotion services and community capacity building. Our priority is to reduce the health inequities experienced by low-income, immigrant & refugee, non-status and marginally-housed & homeless populations.
• Our Mission: RPCHC is a community-based organization which aims to improve the health of individuals and our community as a whole, with a focus on health equity and social justice.
• Our Vision: We strive for individual and community success. Everyone. Every possibility. Together.
• Our Values: Accessibility, community ownership/responsiveness, excellence and innovation, community succession, self-determination, equity and social justice.

ABOUT THE RPCHC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RPCHC is governed by a Board of Directors elected from our membership. The Board meets approximately 10 times per year and has an Annual General Meeting (AGM) where the membership and the community are invited and encouraged to attend.

Our Current Members 2016-2017
The RPCHC Board is comprised of 15 Directors. The current Directors for 2017-2018 are:
• Jeremy Petch, President & Board Chair
• Akosua Matthews, Vice-President & Board Vice-Chair
• Maureen Parry, Treasurer
• Greg Webster, Past President & Board Chair
• Supriya Gade
• Ermias Nagatu
• Nikhil Agarwal
• Fos Ashkir
• Kirstie Peden
• Edward McDonnell • Lorie Shekter-Wolfson
• Sharifia Ali
• David Buhler
• Karen Gordon
• VACANCY

Responsibilities

Terms of Service
Each Director is elected to hold office for a two-year term and may be eligible for re-election three successive times. No Director shall hold elected office for more than eight (8) years in succession.
Board Committees
The Board has several committees designed to provide it with advice. The committees are chaired by a member of the Board, but include other volunteers. These committees include:
• Quality committee – providing advice and leadership so the Board has a strategic plan in place and is working toward it while maintaining the vision of the organization;
• Governance committee – providing advice and leadership to help the Board be successful in its job of governing, including recruiting and nominating new Board members;
• Finance committee – providing advice and oversight on financial matters to ensure the Health Centre has secure funding and financial oversight of the Pathways To Education™ Regent Park program;
• Executive Committee – Officers of the Board.
Board Meetings
The Board meets approximately 10 times per year and has an Annual General Meeting (AGM), typically held in September. Additionally, the Board holds an annual retreat to discuss strategic issues for the upcoming year.

RPCHC Board Priorities
The RPCHC Board is seeking qualified candidates; however, the RPCHC Board is particularly interested in candidates with experience, expertise and/or connections to the following:
• The Regent Park community (as a resident and/or someone with significant ties to the community);
• Government Relations;
• Fundraising/Finance
• Governance

Requirements

CANDIDATES FOR THE RPCHC BOARD
Individual Time Commitment
Board members can expect to commit ten hours on average per month, with some months being busier than others. Board members are expected to:
• Attend regular meetings of the Board of Directors. The Board meets approximately 10 times a year. Meetings are typically held at 5:30pm on the final Tuesday of the month. Meetings are typically 2.5 hours in length. Board members are encouraged to attend in person; however, teleconference facilities are available if physical attendance is not possible;
• Attend an annual retreat;
• Attend the Annual General Meeting. The AGM is typically held in September in the community; and,
• Participate in at least one Board Committee. Board committees meet four to twelve times per year (meeting frequency depends on the type of committee and the issues facing that committee in any given year). Meetings are typically 1-2 hours in length.
Expectations and Responsibilities
• Take on Board leadership responsibilities as requested and when appropriate;
• Advocate for the RPCHC work and mission in your own network and circle of influence;
• Remain independent and act personally, and not as a representative of any group or organization;
• Identify and declare any conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest;
• Comply with all Board policies;
• Be informed of agenda items, read material in advance and contribute knowledgeably to the discussion and decisions of the Board;
• Be informed about RPCHC policies, programs, services, and the needs of the community and RPCHC constituents;
• Effectively apply knowledge, experience and expertise to issues confronting the RPCHC
• Develop an understanding of Board governance and risk management strategies; and,
• Directors are not directly involved in operational decisions and matters, or other decisions that have been properly delegated to staff.
Conflict of Interest
Directors shall take care to ensure that they identify, avoid and take steps to guard against even the appearance of a conflict. A Director or a Board committee member is encouraged to discuss any outside business activity with the Chair of the Board or Board committee that could create a potential conflict. All Directors are asked to sign a conflict of interest form and are asked to declare any conflicts at the beginning of all meetings.
Remuneration
Directors of the RPCHC Board do not receive any remuneration. This is a volunteer position.

Contact

The RPCHC Board will accept applications by candidates who do not have the above experience; however, the above have been identified as priority areas for the 2018-2019 RPCHC Board.
Board Recruitment, Application and Timeline
Please submit a resume and cover letter containing a statement of interest (of no more than 2-pages), explaining why you are interested in being considered for appointment to the RPCHC Board. Please submit your application to the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Jan Milito, at janm@regentparkchc.org by Monday July 16, 2018 by 4:00pm. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be conducted in late July/early August. New Board Members will be confirmed by late August and formally appointed during the September 2017 Annual General Meeting, currently scheduled for Thursday September 13, 2017. THANK YOU

Thank you for your interest in the Regent Park Community Health Centre Board. Should you require further information, please contact Board Secretary and Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Jan Milito, at janm@regentparkchc.org or at 416.203.4508.

Application Deadline

July 16, 2018 (All day)