Indicate your interest in being considered to serve on the Board or External Committee by August 2, 2024, by emailing Angela Crockwell at acrockwell@thrivecyn.ca.

ABOUT THRIVE’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Thrive is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who are committed to our organization’s vision, mission, and values. The Board is responsible for governing the organization, which includes ensuring a policy framework for all aspects, financial oversight, managing the Executive Director, setting strategic direction, and supporting fund development initiatives.

While all skill sets are welcome, the Board is particularly interested in people with the experience, skills and/or education in the areas of non-profit management, Marketing & Communications, fund development, and social enterprise.

Qualification

Each Director shall be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador and nineteen (19) or more years of age and no person who is not an individual, who has the status of a bankrupt or who is of unsound mind and has been so found by a court in Canada or elsewhere shall be a Director. If a Director acquires the status of a bankrupt or becomes of unsound mind and is so found, he/she shall thereupon cease to be a Director.

Thrive’s Board of Directors is a governance board with five key roles:

  • Establish Strategic Direction
  • Manage the Executive Director
  • Monitor the performance of the organization
  • Risk Oversight
  • Establish and monitor governance systems and processes

All members of Thrive’s Board of Directors have three fiduciary duties:

Duty of Care

  • Act honestly
  • Be diligent (acquire adequate knowledge and information)
  • Exercise power when appropriate (appoint and supervise the Executive Director, and apply established policies)
  • Be obedient (comply with legal requirements)
  • Spend the time necessary to deal with an issue
  • Seek “expert” advice when appropriate

Duty of Loyalty

  • A director cannot profit from his/her board position at the expense of Thrive. Each board member must place Thrive’s interests first.
  • Act honestly and in good faith in the best interest of Thrive and not in the interest of yourself or any particular stakeholder
  • Avoid and disclose conflicts of interest
  • Duty to disclose or to keep confidential information
  • Duty to not take advantage of your position as a board member

Duty of Obedience

  • Know and obey the laws governing Thrive (including the organization’s by-laws, articles of incorporation, provincial and federal legislation).

Duties of a Director at Thrive

  • Understand and demonstrate commitment to Thrive’s mission and programs
  • Prepare for meetings by reading agendas, minutes, reports and other documentation required to actively participate in the meeting
  • Attend meetings regularly. While at meetings ask probing questions; voice dissent to add value; speak up if values or ethics are being compromised; be fully present and exercise good judgement
  • Look at the big picture and bring an external perspective
  • Understand and monitor Thrive’s financial affairs
  • Participate in one of the Board sub-committee’s
  • Contribute to discussions and processes to establish the strategic direction for the organization.Board members should understand how the organization creates social impact; ensure that there are clear indicators for tracking progress and that action is taken when the organization is not on track; participate appropriately in business planning; and provide operational support to the senior team as needed.
  • Contribute to discussions and processes established to manage and evaluate the Executive Director. Key Executive Director oversight activities include reviewing performance, setting compensation, and ensuring orderly succession
  • Contribute to discussions and processes to ensure oversight of the board itself. Critical undertakings include conducting an annual board review process (measured against its goals and priorities), as well as ensuring that key processes for recruiting, orienting, developing, and exiting board members function effectively and efficiently.
  • Support Thrive’s fundraising activities and contribute to the establishment and monitoring of Thrive’s Fund Development Strategy. (Many effective boards play a large role in fundraising, whether they contribute substantially themselves, solicit from others, or help staff establish a solid fundraising plan. Each board needs clarity on how much money must be raised, where it is going to come from, exactly how each board member is expected to contribute, and how the board can help ensure that funding targets are met.)

Expectations

  • To prepare for and attend monthly meetings
  • To actively participate on one subcommittee of the board
  • To contribute to the planning of and attend Thrive’s Board of Directors Annual General Meeting & Annual Board Development/planning session.
  • To carry out duties of a Thrive Director

Term: Each board member will be expected to serve a two-year term. Terms can be renewed to a maximum of three terms.
Orientation: Thrive’s Board will provide an orientation session (approx. 2 hrs) as well as an orientation manual. All new board members will be expected to participate in the orientation session and review the manual to ensure a complete understanding of the organization, functions of the board and its subcommittee’s, and duties of board members.

Time Commitment: 4 hours per month (Estimate)

Download the Director Role Description

Download the Expression of Interest Form


ABOUT THRIVE’S EXTERNAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

This committee supports the implementation of our fund development strategy. Members of the committee will take an active role in assisting with fundraising efforts.

Role

The External Affairs Committee of Thrive will primarily be responsible for: 

  • Fund Development 
  • Public Relations & Marketing  

The Committee can form sub-committee’s as required to carry out specific tasks. 

Key responsibilities 

  • To support the development and implementation of the organizations fund development strategy, which must include a communications strategy; 
  • To review and revise, as necessary, the fund development strategy annually; 
  • To support organizational fundraising activities; 
  • Leverage existing relationships with potential donors and support the cultivation on new relationships;  
  • Leverage existing media relationships and support the cultivation on new relationships within the business and media industry;  
  • To address any potential concerns, issues, challenges that may negatively impact the public perception or brand of Thrive. This may include appointing or hiring a professional to help mitigate risk; 
  • To provide leadership to the development of Thrive’s Annual Report’s including evaluation outcomes & impacts; 
  • To provide guidance and input on issues relating to Thrive’s brand, promotional materials, and social media presence

Membership 

There will be a maximum of 3 Board members and 3 non board members serve on the External Affairs Committee. The 3 Board member representatives will be responsible for recruiting the non-board member representatives. The Executive Director and Fund Development Coordinator will also be active non-voting member of the committee. The External Affairs Committee will strive to recruit members with specific skills, expertise, and capacity in the areas of fund development, communications, and donor engagement. 

A committee member who does not uphold their responsibilities or misses 3 meetings annually without a reasonable explanation will be asked by the Chair to resign from the committee. If the member refuses to resign, a vote shall be taken on the removal of the member from the committee.   

Meetings 

The External Affairs Committee will meet quarterly. The meetings may be in person, by teleconference or electronically  

If a member is not able to participate in a meeting, that member can speak to the Chair in advance so that the Chair can share the member’s perspective at the meeting or the member can also submit written comments or documentation in advance of the meeting to the Chair.  

Term  

Each Committee member is expected to serve a two-year term. The terms start and end date will correspond to the Board of Directors Annual General Meeting.  

Chairperson 

The Chair will be a Board member determined by the Board of Directors 

The Chair shall: 

  • Call meetings of the committee; 
  • Chair meetings of the committee; 
  • Designate another Board member who is a committee member to chair the committee in the Chair’s absence; 
  • Report to the Board on the work of the committee 

Quorum  

Quorum shall be a simple majority (50% + 1) of the voting committee members present at a meeting  

Decision making 

The committee will strive for consensus when making decisions. If consensus cannot be achieved committee members must agree on how to deal with the outstanding issue, i.e. vote, continue discussion, table issue at another meeting or take issue to the Board of Directors.  

Minutes 

Each committee member, with the exception of the Chair, will rotate responsibility of taking minutes and minutes shall be approved at subsequent meetings. All minutes will be forwarded to Thrive’s Office Manager and stored within the Board of Directors electronic file. 

Guests 

The Chair may invite guests to attend meetings as a resource as required. 

Accountability 

The External Affairs Committee will be accountable to the Board of Directors through the Chair of the committee.                                         

Download the External Affairs Committee Term of Reference

Download the Expression of Interest Form


ABOUT THRIVE

Vision: Meeting vulnerable individuals where they are, helping them go where they want to go, and supporting them to be who they want to be.

Mission: To assist vulnerable individuals reach their full potential and enhance the capacity of social service agencies.

Thrive supports approximately 1500 people annually. Thrive works from a social justice, person-centered, harm reduction perspective.