ARCH Seeking Board Members

ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH) is a specialty legal clinic dedicated to defending and advancing the equality-rights of people with disabilities who live in Ontario. ARCH promotes the full social justice of persons with disabilities, and their realization of equal opportunities and full participation on an individual and systemic basis.

ARCH’s Nominating Committee invites applications from across Ontario from those interested in serving on the governance Board of Directors of ARCH. The Board of ARCH provides strategic leadership and general direction, makes policy, oversees the organization’s general performance, and ensures overall accountability.

The Committee welcomes all applications. In particular, we welcome applications from persons with governance, financial and/or legal experience and from those who identify with marginalized and equity seeking groups including those with lived experience with disability, poverty, First Nations, and marginalized and racialized communities across Ontario. According to the by-laws, the ARCH Board is to be composed of 13 directors and a majority of the directors must be persons with disabilities.

Prospective directors should know that ARCH provides legal services to persons with disabilities throughout Ontario. Applicants should have at least 10-15 hours a month to dedicate to ARCH. This includes preparation for (reading, reviewing and commenting on materials) and attendance at Board and committee meetings, in person or by telephone conference call, and participation at occasional day-long events including planning meetings and Annual General Meetings. ARCH reimburses directors for travel costs and covers disability accommodation expenses.

Each member of the Board of Directors is expected to do the following:

• Participate in annual and long range planning for the organization;

• Monitor the performance of the organization in relation to the plans;

• Read and understand a set of financial statements;

• Develop, amend and approve by-laws and governing policies; and

• Be a member of ARCH and at least one committee.

ARCH’s Nominating Committee will review the list of prospective directors, interview selected applicants and do its best to nominate a slate of individuals who collectively cover as many of the skills, experience and geographic coverage it has identified to strengthen the Board’s capacity to effectively lead ARCH. Board terms are generally two years however the initial term will be for one year. Board members are entitled to serve for four terms. Elections will take place at our Annual General Meeting being held on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Board members must reside in the Province of Ontario.

The Nominating Committee requests that interested applicants send an email expressing interest together with a resumé or short biography by:

June 30, 2016 to Doreen Way, Office Manager at wayd@lao.on.ca