Authority and Responsibility
The Board of Directors is the legal authority for the Brian Injury Association of Windsor/Essex County. As a member of the board, a director acts in a position of trust for the membership and provincial community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.
Requirements of board membership include:
• Member of the Association. If not already a member in good standing of the Association, he or she must become a member within ten (20) days of election to Board of Directors.
• Committed to the work of the organization.
• Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance and policy, strategic planning, finance, fundraising, marketing and promotion, IT, grant applications, program development and delivery, personnel, ABI and advocacy.
• Must serve on or chair and least one Committee.
• Attendance at board meetings. Board members not in attendance for 3 consecutive meetings shall result in the automatic vacancy of their position.
• Attendance at Annual General Meetings.
• Support of special events.
• Support all fundraising events.
• Financial Support of the Association. Members of the Board of Directors are not required to make a financial contribution to the Association but are expected to assist in the promotion of the Association and solicitation of funds, where appropriate.
Directors are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting for a two year term. Directors may be released from their elected term by resignation or according to the bylaws of the Association. Directors may stand for re-election at the Annual General Meeting.
A Director is fully informed on organizational matters, and participates in the Board’s deliberations and decisions.
The Director must:
• Approve, where appropriate, policy and other recommendations received from the board, its standing committees and senior staff.
• Monitor all board policies.
• Review the bylaws, and recommend bylaw changes to the membership.
• Review the board’s structure, and approve changes to bylaws.
• Participate in development of the Association’s organizational plan and annual review.
• Approve the Association budget.
• Approve the hiring and release of the Executive Director’s employment contract, based on the recommendation of the Human Resource Committee.
• Support and participate in the evaluation of the Executive Director.
• Assist in developing and maintaining positive relations among the board, committees, and staff members, and to enhance the Association’s mission.
Conflict of Interest
A Director shall disclose any matter in which he or she may have a conflict of interest and will not vote with respect to that matter. The Director must at all times act in the best interest of the Association.
A Director’s performance may be evaluated annually based on the performance of assigned board requirements and duties.