Call for Board of Directors

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario (EAPO) is calling for expressions of interest by community members and influencers to join our Board of Directors.

 

Who are we?

 EAPO is a provincial, registered charitable organization, mandated to support the implementation of the provincial Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse (the first of its kind in Canada) since 2002.

Funded by the Ontario government through the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility (MSAA), EAPO focuses on:

  • public education to raise awareness and
  • training of front-line service professionals to be able to effectively recognize and support seniors at-risk or experiencing abuse.

Fostering resiliency through an anti-ageist lens in all aspects of our work, we collaboratively engage with a strong, growing network of partners and stakeholders to address the challenges and complexities that elder abuse poses to the basic human rights of seniors. We aim to help restore respect and positively impact the quality of lives of vulnerable older adults.

 

What’s in it for you?

This is a rewarding opportunity for those who are passionate about making a real difference in the lives of older adults in communities across the province. You will have the chance to apply your talents and collaborate with sectoral partners and networks. You will help steward this organization’s collective resources towards realizing its full potential as THE leader in Elder Abuse Prevention.

 

What does the Board do?

 The volunteer Board is comprised of dedicated individuals from across Ontario. Directors:

  • govern EAPO to steward its finances and resources.
  • provide oversight to effectively align operations with desired outcomes and optimize our impact in the community we serve.
  • help build and advance relationships with diverse stakeholders in accordance with our mission, vision and strategic goals.
  • advocate for at-risk seniors, develop collaborations among community stakeholders and build partnerships for a strong, sustainable organization.

 

What will be expected of me?

The term of a Director, is 2 years, renewable to a maximum of 6 continuous years. You should be prepared to invest an average of 5 – 7 hours per month as part of this role.

Directors are expected to:

  • prepare for and participate in virtual bi-monthly Board meetings lasting 1.5 – 2 hours in duration, as well as the Annual General Meeting, held in the late fall
  • serve on at least one Committee of their choice

 

What are we looking for?

We are looking for skilled, articulate and passionate Directors who can help the Board deliver on its immediate strategic priorities. These are to further augment EAPO’s profile and leadership role in elder abuse prevention by:

  • helping to locate and deliver new strategic partnerships,
  • locating and delivering new funding opportunities,
  • communicating key messages and themes through appropriate channels and
  • acting as a leading voice on core issues, to rally people and resources around this important cause.

As a result, at this time we are particularly interested in candidates with strong skills in resource development, partnerships and government relations.

Directors should possess:

  • a solid understanding of seniors’ issues
  • a commitment to the prevention of elder abuse
  • governance expertise

To inform our strategic directions, we seek a balance of expertise and experience in our Board. We are seeking applications:

  • from communities across the province
  • that reflect Ontario’s diversity, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrant, francophone, and 2SLGBTQ identifying candidates
  • with a range of professional expertise, including health sector, community support, nursing, law, victim services, financial sector, and knowledge translation and mobilization among others.

 

TO APPLY

Please submit your C.V. and a covering letter that outlines why you are interested in engaging with EAPO and how your specific experiences and/or skills closely align with the characteristics EAPO is seeking.

Please send these documents by e-mail to: Nominating Committee c/o [email protected] by end of business day, August 25th, 2022.

Interviews will be conducted the week of September 8th. Directors will be formally elected to the Board at our Annual General Meeting in late November.

Another and more flexible option for putting your commitment to quality lives for seniors to work, is to consider engaging with us, in an ‘Ambassadorial’ role as part of a Special Advisory Committee. Ambassadors work with the Board and staff team to amplify key messages around elder abuse prevention through targeted outreach or special tasks that yield tangible outcomes in communities across the province and nationally.

 

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario thanks all applicants for their interest in serving on the Board, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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