Call for nominations to the Social Planning Toronto Board of Directors

Posted on March 5, 2015

Social Planning Toronto is an incorporated and registered non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to:

-independent social planning and community development;
-social research and policy analysis;
-community education and advocacy; and
-the development and coordination of human services.

SPT is governed by a 15-person volunteer Board of Directors elected by its individual community and organizational membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The SPT’s Annual General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12th at the Central YMCA (80 Grosvenor St., Toronto). There will be 2 vacancies on the Board of Directors. This is a call for nominations to fill those vacancies at the AGM.

All SPT Board members serve as individuals committed to the purposes and mission of the SPT and to the important role of independent community social planning in helping to shape the quality of life for all of Toronto’s residents. Although Board members do not represent any particular community, constituency, or organization in Board service, the composition of the SPT Board should reflect as much as possible the character and nature of our community. To that end, in recruiting candidates for nomination to the Board, the Nominations Committee will apply the following considerations:

– People of colour who bring a perspective that encompasses the general experience of visible minority groups in the City.
– People from diverse ethnic identities and cultural traditions and backgrounds.
– People who understand from their personal experience, work, and/or volunteer activity, issues important to vulnerable or marginalized community members (e.g. disability, sexual orientation, low income, age, etc.)
– People who live, work, or volunteer in all geographic areas of the City.
– People from a variety of professional or sectoral perspectives, such as labour, business, public service, faith communities, academia, social justice movements, etc.
– Gender balance.

This is consistent with SPT’s commitment to principles of access and equity in its staff, board, committee and volunteer recruitment.

Volunteer Board members, of course, bring many skills and talents to their Board responsibilities. Organizational strengths in areas such as access and equity, strategic planning, finance, fundraising, legal, communications, human resource development, etc. are welcome.

This year the Board is particularly interested in recruiting candidates with demonstrated skills and experience in the following three areas:
– fundraising and revenue generation
– communications and
– business

Individuals who are nominated and agree to stand for membership election to the
SPT Board will be making a commitment to a three-year term. They will agree to attend monthly two- to three-hour Board meetings and to contribute an additional two to three hours a month to SPT committee, task group or other Board-related volunteer work. Nominees for the SPT Board must be a member in good standing at the time of election to the Board and remain so throughout that person’s term of office.

Interested individuals may submit their candidacy or nominate others to the
SPT Board by completing a Nomination Form (available from Maria Serrano) and submitting it by Friday, March 16th, 2015 to Maria Serrano.

Miriam DiGiuseppe
Nominations Committee Chair,
Social Planning Toronto

All nominees will receive an acknowledgement.

For further information, or to obtain or submit a Nomination Form, please contact:
Maria Serrano, Director of Operations
Social Planning Toronto
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3
Tel: 416-351-0095 ext. 223 or fax: 416-351-0107

March 2015