Call for Nominations: DWDC's 2018-2019 Board of Directors

Are you passionate about improving quality in dying for all? Do you want to take on a leading role in shaping Dying With Dignity Canada's human-rights advocacy at one of the most exciting times in the organization's history? Then nominate yourself or someone you know to run as a candidate for one of five vacancies on Dying With Dignity Canada’s Board of Directors. We are accepting nominations until March 30, 2018.

What is Dying With Dignity Canada?

Dying With Dignity Canada is a human-rights advocacy organization concerned with providing Canadians with the best possible options for end-of-life health care. We advocate for and educate about medical assistance in dying within a carefully regulated legal and medical framework. We advocate for patient rights, advance care plans and universal access to palliative care. We are fully compliant with Canadian laws, and the organization is highly respected for the compassionate and responsible positions we take in approaching these emotional, deeply personal issues.

Who are Dying With Dignity Canada Board members?

Current Board members include a dynamic roster of physicians and other health professionals, lawyers, accountants, administrators, educators, policy makers and advocates, either working or retired. We seek geographic, professional, cultural and linguistic diversity on the Board, which is composed of up to 15 members. Currently, we are seeking to strengthen our legal competencies, with a particular emphasis on constitutional law, as well as our accounting, medical and fundraising expertise.

What are the Board’s responsibilities?

Board members are committed individuals willing to assume a leadership role in the governance of this national organization. Working closely with the CEO, Board members are responsible for:

  • Advocacy, education and public policy development at both national and provincial levels;
  • Research and monitoring of other national and international movements engaged in end-of-life issues;
  • Fundraising strategies and activities;
  • Fiduciary responsibilities to ensure the financial and organizational health of the organization; and
  • Responsibility for the retention, compensation and performance review of the CEO.

What is expected of members of the Board?

  • Take part in a teleconference meeting on the fourth Friday of every month (12 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET).
  • Attend the annual three-day spring retreat, which includes DWDC’s Annual General Meeting (held this year between May 25 and May 27 in Toronto).
  • Depending on skills and interests, Board members may be asked to speak with media, give lectures, arrange introductions, and attend or organize events that raise funds and increase the profile of the organization.

What is required to be nominated to the Board?

To be eligible to run in DWDC’s 2018 Board election, one must:

  • Be a member in good standing by March 30, 2018, and consent to be nominated;
  • Submit one’s name, full curriculum vitae and a personal statement by March 30, 2018;
  • Consent to an interview if nomination is supported by the Board; and
  • Consent for your bio and personal statement to be circulated to all members prior to the AGM.

What skills are DWDC looking for in new Board members?

In particular, we plan to recruit board members who each bring one or more of the following qualities to the table:

  • A background in fundraising, along with a willingness to participate in direct fundraising
  • Not-for-profit governance and/or executive experience
  • A background in public policy and/or government relations
  • Business and investment acumen
  • Legal expertise (regulatory and legislative)
  • A history of advocacy in the field of end-of-life rights and/or personal experience with medical assistance in dying

Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, please ensure that you have all the requirements for nomination available and click here to submit your nomination today. (link has been corrected)

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