Background

Empowered Kids Ontario-Enfants Avenir Ontario (EKO) is seeking candidates for our Board of Directors, for a three-year term beginning November 2021.

For more than 40 years, EKO has been a leading voice for evidence-based policy, programs and investment in child development and rehabilitation. The association supports members through advocacy, engagement and learning, building capacity to serve kids with disabilities and their families, providing thought leadership to ensure kids with disabilities and their families live their best lives, and advancing the reputation of Ontario’s child development and rehabilitation sector. We work extensively with government, non-profit partners and business to coordinate and encourage the delivery of services in new and innovative ways.

Strong voices at our Board table are integral to leading EKO in today’s complex health and social care environment. We are seeking directors to advance the association's strategic priorities, the diversity of our stakeholders, and the on-going demands of today’s world. 

The EKO Board functions in a setting in which challenging issues are respectfully addressed. Variety of thought and perspective is essential to achieving our goals.

The full Board meets up to 6 times per year, primarily by Zoom.

Each Director is encouraged to participate in one of three Board committees that meet quarterly or more frequently as necessary: the Finance Committee, the Board Development & Governance Committee, and the Government Relations Committee.

Terms: Three-year terms, renewable once.

We are seeking individuals who are passionate and have a strong commitment to our mission, vision and values, and who bring skills and experience in:
• Managing strategic direction, financial performance, and risk management needs of an organization
• Business development
• Entrepreneurship and innovation
• Governance and policy oversight
• Human Resources management
• As a client, caregiver, service provider, or policy maker in the child development and rehabilitation sector

EKO welcomes the unique contributions that candidates can bring in terms of their professional and lived experience, and encourages applications that represent the communities they serve.

 Additionally, as a provincial association, EKO is interested in candidate representation from across Ontario.

If you would like to volunteer your time to make a meaningful contribution to ensuring kids with disabilities and their families are able to live their best lives, we would like to hear from you. Please: 

• Subit your cover letter and resume by Friday, September 10, 2021 to jchurchill@empoweredkidsontario.ca
• Complete the following skills matrix survey: 

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* 1. What is your name?

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* 2. What is your address?

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* 3. Do you have personal or professional experience with kids with disabilities? If so, please explain (e.g. a member of my family is an individual with disabilities, volunteer service, professional, close friend(s) with disabilities, etc.)

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* 4. Tell us about your interest in Empowered Kids Ontario and in this sector

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* 5. What is your occupation? Please also note any professional designations

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* 6. Please check your top 5 skills by ranking them with numbers 1 through 5 (1 being the skill you have highest level of knowledge/experience and 5, the least). PLEASE CHECK ONLY FIVE (5) BOXES.

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Business Management / Strategic Planning
Entrepreneurship
Lived experience as a client, caregiver, service provider, or policy maker in the child development and rehabilitation sector
Government & Government Relations / Public Relations / Communications
Governance and Boards
Private Sector, Public sector and non-profit leadership experience
Legal
Advocacy / Stakeholder engagement
Finance / Accounting/ Audit
Human Resources
Information Technology

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* 7. Do you have any further comments you would like to add?

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