- To actively assume responsibility, morally and legally for the overall governance of the AHPCA.
- To plan, direct, supervise, monitor and evaluate the AHPCA, and its overall management practices.
To assist the Society in achieving its stated mission and goals in the most effective and prudent manner
- Regularly attends Board and Committee meetings.
- Reads minutes, advance information, publications in preparation for decision-making at meetings.
- Knows the budget, budgeting process, financial situation, and cheque signing process.
- Avoids conflict of interest if present.
- Makes requests for staff assistance through the Chair.
- Supports Board and Executive Committee decisions in the public and among volunteers in the organization.
- Understands the difference between staff and Board roles, policy and implementation.
- Refers media requests for Board comments to the designated spokesperson.
- Develop/approve the long range strategic plan for the AHPCA with input from the staff and all committees.
- Determine the Society’s mission, philosophy and goals.
- Plan for and acquire sufficient funds to ensure financial health and accountability.
- Monitor and evaluate the AHPCA’s performance against the goals and objectives established in the Strategic Plan.
- Prudently resolve legal issues, seeking legal advice and/or representation as required.
- Review the recommendations provided by the Treasurer (or Finance Committee where applicable) with respect to preparing and approving the AHPCA’s budget and establishing guidelines for AHPCA budget submission and approval.
- Ensure that the audited financial statements and reports of the AHPCA comply with Canada Revenue Agency’s requirements of a registered charity, and are filed in a timely manner.
- Monitor budget performance on a semi-annual basis at a minimum.
- Review/approve methods of financial management to be implemented by the AHPCA.
- Consider recommendation of Treasurer for the assignment of an auditor.
- Approve audited financial statements.
- Evaluate the overall management process and operation of the AHPCA.
- Monitor, evaluate and implement provincial public awareness, services, advocacy, informational and educational programs and fundraising campaigns.
- Recommend/approve at the Annual Meeting changes to by-laws and governance of the AHPCA within the parameters specified by the AHPCA by-laws and ensure same are congruent with these by-laws.
- Recommend/approve policies and guidelines relating to Board governance, the overall management of the AHPCA and its programs and services. Ensure all policies and guidelines are within the parameters of the AHPCA and, when deemed necessary, congruent with CHPCA policies and guidelines.
- Monitor relationships with appropriate AHPCA stakeholders
- Review/approve applications for Chapter status.
- Ensure evaluation and accountability at the Chapter level, managing and resolving issues which may arise.
- An interest in the mission of the Society
- Communication skills, especially listening and interpreting
- Organizational skills
- Knowledge of rules of order
- A commitment to shared leadership
The members of the Society at the Annual General Meeting
- As outlined in the AHPCA by-laws
- Members are recruited for a variety of reasons – geographic, experience, etc.
- Monthly Board meetings
- Able to assist with at least one committee
Terms of Office
- Directors will serve two-year terms, renewable twice.
- If members of the Board who are elected officers have reached the total of 6 years, their terms may be extended until their two-year term as an officer is completed.
- Once a former Board member has taken a one-year sabbatical, s/he is eligible for re-election.