VWB/VSF Board of Directors - Veterinarians without Borders
Veterinarians without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans frontières – Canada (VWB/VSF) is a charitable, humanitarian organization whose mission is to work for, and with, those in need to foster the health of animals, people, and the environments that sustain us. More information about the organization can be found at www.vetswithoutborders.ca.
We envision a healthy world for people, animals, and our shared ecosystems.
We seek a world where communities have the capacity to:
1. Produce, market, and consume their food in a sustainable, equitable, and safe manner;
2. Balance the threats posed by emerging diseases with their social and cultural values;
3. Develop solutions to health threats that respect local culture, animal welfare, and natural ecology;
4. Build successful local and international partnerships that promote and protect the health of people, animals, and the ecosystems that sustain them; and
5. Respond effectively to the challenges posed by environmental, climatic and socio-economic change.
Serving on our Board
VWB/VSF Board members provide leadership to VWB/VSF Canada and are accountable individually as well as collectively for the work of the organization. As a Director of the corporation, it is the fundamental role of each Board member to advance the best interests of VWB/VSF Canada, and to exercise due diligence and to take fiduciary responsibility in supervising and directing the work of VWB/VSF Canada. Directors are required to bring independent judgement to bear in decision-making and to exercise primary loyalty to VWB/VSF Canada.
Directors serve in their individual, independent and voluntary capacity – they may not represent or otherwise act on behalf of another entity in their role as a Director of VWB/VSF Canada, may not be a staff member, and may not be remunerated for their work on the Board. Membership in the Board is incompatible with a senior position in a political party or with elected office in the national, provincial, territorial administrative, policy-making or legislative bodies of Canada.
VWB/VSF Canada recruits its Board nationally and seeks to bring together an optimal blend of the highest level of skills and the highest level of diversity. Directors are recruited primarily on the basis of their skills and ability to provide for the governance and strategic needs of the organization. In addition, while we do not use quotas in the composition of our Board membership or leadership, we do seek to ensure gender balance and cultural diversity, and to reflect the different regions and Official Languages of Canada.
VWB/VSF Canada holds quarterly (virtual) meetings including a yearly AGM (September).
A Board Package with all documents, including draft minutes of previous meetings, current meeting agenda, materials and review, and proposed decisions, is sent electronically to all Directors at least three days in advance of a Board meeting. Directors have access to an electronic portal with links to all Board policies and documents.
Desirable skillsets for new director positions:
Experience in the financial oversight of an organization or large project, particularly in the nonprofit sector, as well as organizational financial literacy and an ability to interpret financial documents and advise on financial matters.
2. Senior Government
Three years’ experience at a senior level in federal, provincial, territorial, or municipal government.
Experience as a working Communications/Marketing professional as well as applicable industry knowledge and interest in current changes occurring in the sector, including technology and digital issues.
Also Interested in candidates with:
- Previous Board experience;
- Knowledge of international NGO functioning within Canada; and
- Demonstrated skills in lobbying, problem solving, policy making and risk assessment.
How to Apply
Individuals interested in applying to serve on the VWB/VSF Board of Directors are invited to send in a resumé and completed application form (below) summarizing their qualifications to Carol Dolbel, Chair of the Governance/Nominations Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is August 22, 2020.
We thank everyone for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates nominated by the Governance/Nominating Committee as director candidates to the Board for a three-year term must be approved by the membership at the 2020 Annual General Meeting to be held on September 19, 2020.
Board of Directors Application and Nomination Form
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors of Veterinarians without Borders / Vétérinaires sans frontières, send a completed application, resume and nomination form via email to: email@example.com
Why do you want to serve on the VWB/VSF Board of Directors?
Have you previously served, or are you currently serving, on other nonprofit boards? Please elaborate.
What motivates you as a volunteer?
Please describe your management and/or leadership experience, and any specific skills, experience, or background that you would bring to the VWB/VSF Board.
As you think about the primary board roles —ambassador, advocate, and asker—in which role(s) do you think you will want to be most active?
Do you have any questions for us or anything you’d like to add?
Sector(s) you have experience with
Private vet practice
Other (please describe)
Areas of Expertise
Specific Issues areas (describe)
PART 2: NOMINATION
We, the undersigned, are members in good standing of VWB/VSF, and hereby nominate
NAME: …………………………………………………… as a candidate for election to the VWB/VSF Board of Directors.
Please print name
Please print name
PART 3: ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATION
I, ………………………………………………………… (nominee) hereby accept this nomination and declare that I am available and willing to serve as an active and committed member of the VWB/VSF Board. If elected, I agree to fulfill, to the best of my ability, the duties of this office. I confirm that I am a VWB/VSF member in good standing.
I enclose my curriculum vitae and application form and I confirm the correctness of the information presented.