Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley894 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, Ontario K8A 5P8
Phone: 613-735-0659
Fax: 613-735-1373

Join Our Board of Directors

We are Looking for Board Members

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) is seeking new members to sit on our Board of Directors.  Join an agency recognized as leader in the world, having been awarded the “Four-Year Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation, With Distinction” (one of only six agencies to have achieved this standard of excellence) in June 2016. In 2017, the Canadian Council of Quality and Leadership (CQL) presented our agency with the “International Award of Excellence” and we received the Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS) “2nd Annual Leadership Award” in June 2018.

CLUOV’s Board of Directors is comprised of 11 volunteers who give their time to ensure the optimal functioning of the organization. A strategic plan developed guides the next few years of agency focus and direction. The board are responsible for the governance and accountability of the agency, remaining true to the values of the organization.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Maintain focus on the agency’s vision, mission, and values; help achieve strategic priorities and directions; and monitor compliance with established guiding principles and policies.
  • Be accountable to the general public for competent, conscientious and effective accomplishment of its obligations as an organization.
  • Advocate for full community inclusion with other families and our community.
  • Regularly attend Board meetings providing wisdom and insight into items of importance to the future direction of the agency. Occasionally attend community events on behalf of the agency
  • Being and advocate for inclusion and the championing the reduction of attitudinal and physical barriers to inclusion.
  • Be actively engaged in the work of the Board, carrying out specific duties, as required.

Skills & Qualifications

We are looking for people who exhibit honesty, integrity, accountability, and commitment to our vision, mission and values. Specific skills and experience that are helpful to us include:

  • Human resources; labour relations
  • Executive and leadership skills
  • Financial accounting; audit experience
  • Understanding of the developmental disability sector
  • Fundraising and philanthropy
  • Diversity (including backgrounds, perspectives and problem-solving approaches)

Benefits As A Director

Being part of the CLUOV Board of Directors means helping grow our communities for the better. Additional benefits of serving on the Board include:

  • Having an opportunity to work and interact with a committed group of individuals to actively develop and maintain high-quality service for people with developmental disabilities.
  • Being regularly informed on community matters and provincial trends and issues.
  • Receiving regular communication on upcoming events and workshops.
  • Attending provincial training conferences from time to time.
  • Being a change champion in your community.

Click here for our key personnel and current Board of Directors

Frequently Asked Questions

How often does the Board of Directors meet?

CLUOV’s Board of Directors normally meets nine times a year on the fourth Thursday of the month. Meetings take place from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Dinner is provided.

What if I can’t make it to a Board Meeting?

Contact the CLUOV office prior to the meeting by phone or by e-mail to forward your regrets.

What is the term and how do I get elected?

Candidates are recruited and elected by the Board. Each Director shall be elected for a three-year term. All Directors shall be retired at the end of their term, but shall be eligible for re-election.

What if I no longer want to sit on the Board of Directors?

If an active Board Member wishes to resign, they can submit a written letter of resignation to the Board secretary.

Do I get paid to sit on the Board of Directors?

No. Our Board of Directors are made up of people who volunteer their time and efforts.

How old do I have to be to sit on the Board of Directors?

You must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Renfrew County.

Am I able to transfer my seat on the Board of Directors to another person?

Board of Director membership is not transferable

Who are the oficers of the corporation?

The Board of Directors officers comprises of the board chair, vice-chair, treasurer, and secretary. No Director shall fill more than one officer position, except for the chair (as president).

I am a Community Living Worker. Can I be considered to sit on the Board of Directors?

No. A director cannot be an employee, family member, contractor, consultant or professional service provider to Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley.

I don’t know much about Community Living. What is expected of me if I were to sit on this Board?

The board chair and executive director provide an orientation to all new directors. This would include briefing materials such as: vision, mission and values; the Board governance manual and agency by-laws; quality assurance measures (QAM); CLUOV’s strategic plan and annual report and previous Board meeting minutes; etc.

Is there any preliminary work I must provide before becoming elected?

All elected Board members are required to provide a Criminal Reference Check, which includes the vulnerable sector screening.

What sub-committees are there that I can participate on?

Our sub-committees include: Quality Enhancement Committee and Community Development Committee.