|It’s that time of year when the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society’s Nominating Committee begins recruiting potential board members for the next term. (See board members Humaira Akhtar, left, and Kathy McKay in recruiting action in the photo above.)|
In fact, the committee has recommended a slate of candidates to fill vacant board seats every year since the society’s early days in the 1940s. And the board of directors has long overseen the programming, events and activities at the Kerrisdale Community Centre. Today, the board works alongside the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation in managing the centre’s programming.
With nine board positions opening up in 2023, the Nominating Committee plans to recruit a diverse set of applicants. As such, committee members will soon be approaching a variety of community groups, including the Musqueam First Nation, to make sure the KCCS’s board of directors accurately represents all interests of the surrounding Kerrisdale neighbourhood.
But this year’s nomination process will look a bit different. Rather than a one-on-one interview, prospective board members, including incumbents, will instead be invited to group information sessions hosted in January. The new members will then be voted in at the KCCS annual general meeting in February.
Are you interested in supporting your community centre? As chair Miran Aziz says, the Nominating Committee is looking for people with a wide variety of skills, experience and background. Successful applicants will be elected to one- or two-year terms, spending a few to several hours per week on centre activities. In exchange, they’ll meet other community members, help make a difference in their neighbourhood and gain experience in non-profit governance.
“If you’re interested in giving back to your community at Kerrisdale, we’d love to hear from you,” says Aziz. “Serving on a non-profit board of directors will not just allow you to help Kerrisdale in delivering arts and recreations activities, but you’ll also likely expand your skill set while meeting new people.”
How to apply: Complete an application form and accompanying material at least 10 days prior to the Annual General Meeting on February 15, 2023. Find more information here.