Board Director Profile
Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) is a registered charity and leader in the field of wildlife rescue, veterinary care, rehabilitation and public education, providing a vital and unique service in Southern Ontario.
Since opening in 1993, TWC has admitted more than 100,000 wild animals representing over 300 different species. The Wildlife Hotline handles over 30,000 calls annually from members of the public and other organizations, and admits over 5,000 sick, injured or orphaned wild animals each year.
TWC is also deeply committed to a capital expansion project that will result in a new forever home in the Rouge National Urban Park. When complete, it will be the largest, most advanced wildlife centre in Canada and will allow TWC to expand and improve its programs and services.
TWC works in cooperation with numerous agencies including the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre, the Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Veterinary College, many branches of the OSPCA, local animal services agencies, municipal police and the OPP, as well as other non-profit organizations.
Role of the Board of Directors
The Board provides independent and objective oversight of Toronto Wildlife Centre and acts in the best long-term interests of TWC and the animals.
While day-to-day operations are led by the Executive Director, the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Informed decision making is made possible by Board members who bring broad knowledge and an inclusive perspective. Collectively, the Board:
Directors operate as part of an independent, multi-disciplinary team. Individual Board members do not represent specific constituencies and have no authority to approve actions, to direct staff, or to speak on behalf of TWC, unless given such authority by the Board.
Board members must act in the best long-term interests of TWC. They contribute to informed decision-making with a diverse set of skills, knowledge and experience. Every member of the Board of Directors is expected to:
The Board generally meets six or more times per year and Directors are asked to sit on at least one committee. Directors should expect to commit at least 3-7 hours per month preparing for and attending Board and committee meetings.
Term of Office
Directors are elected by TWC members to serve for a three-year term, with the option for re-election at the end of each term. Each Director may serve a maximum of ten consecutive years. The Board may extend an individual Director’s years of service beyond ten years in exceptional situations.
Each Director of TWC shall be an individual who:
The Board is made up of committed members of the community who reflect its diversity and have a demonstrated interest in TWC’s work, leadership potential and/or specific skills, knowledge or experience that would be of benefit to TWC. Individual Directors may have skills in one or more of the following areas:
Knowledge and Experience
TWC carries Directors and Officers insurance and indemnifies its Directors against all costs, charges and expenses if they act honestly and in good faith, and have reasonable grounds to believe their conduct was lawful.
How to Apply:
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