Community Action Initiative Society of BC
Call for Expressions of Interest
Board of Directors
The Community Action Initiative Society of BC (CAI) provides grant funding and capacity-building opportunities to community-based and peer-led organizations across BC to develop and implement innovative projects in alignment with provincial priorities for mental health and wellness. CAI’s granting framework encourages grant-making in a manner that respects the wisdom, power, and self-determination of equity-seeking groups across BC. Through this, CAI plays a unique role, bridging provincial government priorities and community needs.
In January of 2020, after a decade of supporting community-based organizations through grants and capacity building opportunities, CAI incorporated under the Societies Act of BC. With a vision for the future where community-based agencies are viewed as essential partners in addressing mental health and substance use in BC, CAI is focused on developing a policy governance board, as part of a broader community engagement governance framework, and on developing long-term financial sustainability that will carry the organization another decade into the future. CAI's Board of Directors is currently seeking expressions of interest for 3-5 new Directors who are willing to let their name stand for election or appointment to the Board.
The role of CAI’s Board is to steward the organization by determining, monitoring, and ensuring appropriate organizational performance. The Board fulfills the highest fiduciary duties, including:
In addition, collectively the Board is responsible for:
Skills and Competencies
The Board, as a whole, shall reflect a broad range of backgrounds, skills, and experience. The specific competencies currently sought for CAI’s Board of Directors are as follows:
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
CAI has a clear purpose and a values-based culture. We have a strong organizational commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, and as such, strongly encourage applications from candidates who can provide an underrepresented perspective.
Board Directors should be prepared to spend between six (6) and 10 or more (10+) hours bi-monthly on Board and Committee matters. This would include a combination of both tele/electronic communications and in-person meetings; all/most meetings will take place at 1183 Melville Street in Vancouver. We ask all Board members and committee volunteers for a two (2) year commitment, which can be renewed up to a maximum of three (3) consecutive terms. Note: during COVID-19 all meetings are by teleconference or video-conference.
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